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The Association for Contemporary Jewellery presents Choice: Summer, a selling show of new jewellery in paper, plastics, silver, gold & diamonds, with retail prices from £30 - £1,500.
Contemporary jewellery is one of the most dynamic and innovative areas of 21st century craft and design, that inspires and appeals to people of all different backgrounds. ACJ are an inclusive organisation welcoming anyone with an interest in contemporary jewellery. Their members include those who make jewellery, associated designers and craftspeople, educators, students, galleries, museum curators, retailers, critics, collectors, and people who want to learn more about contemporary jewellery.
NAG are delighted to welcome ACJ back to the gallery following such a successful show in 2016, Our shared love for contemporary, exciting, lively work which excites both new and seasoned collectors alike is a highlight in our calendar.
This year the 25 exhibiting makers are; Lynne Bartlett, Hendrike Barz-Meltzer, Ruta Brown, Shimara Carlow, Akvile Cenkyte, Fiona Chapman, Toby Cotterill, Gill Forsbrook, Carol Hunt, Ulli Kaiser, Marion Lebouteiller, Tina MacLeod, Cathy McCarthy, Jane Moore, Mandy Nash, Julie Nicaisse, Margo Orlovik, Errin Quinn, Lynne Speake, Harriet St Leger, Cathy Sutherland, Su Trindle, Carol Williamson, Anthony Wong and Anastasia Young.
After gaining a BA degree in Fine Art (Sculpture) at West Surrey College of Art and Design, Ruta Brown also studied silversmithing before setting up her independent jewellery studio.
Directly manipulating precious metals using hand tools and heat, Ruta Brown has developed a comprehensive personal vocabulary of form and texture. This supports the creation of a distinctive visual language that is expressed in a range of jewellery and small objects.
Drawn to the textural possibilities that can be achieved, Ruta Brown has specialised in the technique of reticulation. Directional heat is applied to forged, folded forms, each piece individually fabricated, in exploration of the structural limits of the metal, mainly sterling silver with 18ct gold added as decoration. The results are a variety of intricate forms, often also incorporating stones and pearls, details evoking weathered fragments of flotsam or other marine elements from the shoreline.
Ruta Brown has exhibited widely in Britain and also in America, Japan, Egypt and Switzerland.