The Houses of Parliament commissioned a collection of jewellery in 2016 from me to accompany the 'New Dawn' light sculpture by artist Mary Branson installed in Westminster that year.
One objective of the commission was to create a collection of jewellery that echoed the shapes, imagery and colours of the artwork. Mary had used the colours of all of the suffrage organisations in the artwork so the jewellery was designed to show off combinations of the colours including red, yellow and blue in addition to the most universally recognised purple, green and white of the millitant Women's Political and Social Union.
Although the collection of jewellery was designed to show off all of the colours representing the distinct organisations some of the pieces including the pins and stud earrings consisted of a single colour only. The colours purple green and white were chosen by myself for these stylish reversible drop earrings made from hand printed and dyed aluminium and silver.
with a few new colour combinations and pieces soon to be revealed.
The starting point were drawings of the Scrolls that inspired Mary Branson's 'New Dawn' light sculpture.
Each strip of aluminium was hand printed with a resist of the drawings then dip dyed in blue and yelow dye baths to make green or in a blue then pink dye bath to make purple.
A disk of each colour is cut out then riveted together with a silver tube rivets.
The components were made separately with the earring hooks made from sterling silver.
There is movement in the finished earrings and the added bonus that you can wear them with either the green side or the purple side facing forward or with a purple and a green one facing forward!
For the Vote 100 exhibition there will be a red and green colourway for the Sufragette drop earrings.
Purchase 'New Dawn' Women's Suffrage jewellery from the collection
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