Designer of the Month – Charlotte Biba Bouchard

Charlotte Biba Bouchard is a jewellery maker that originates from Cornwall, who likes to produce bold however simple piecse. Discover more about what influences this jewellery maker and more in this months Designer of the Month listed below

Let us understand a bit about yourself, detailing your background, study and training in the jewellery making industry.

Originating from Cornwall, I now live and work in the heart of South Devon so I am quite at home here in the West Country.

I have actually constantly been a maker in one way or another producing Perspex jewellery as a teen back in the 80s, period outfits, theatrical props and now valuable metal jewellery. Having actually undertaken Silver Jewellery classes as part of my regional Adult & & Community Learning programme, I have actually invested the last 12 years developing my techniques, design and abilities whilst selling my jewellery through galleries and at selective Craft and Open Studio Events. Just recently, having been made redundant from my other part-time job, I decided that I need to accept the opportunity and go all out so I am now very happy to finally state that this is my full-time task.

Inform us about your work– are there any particular materials or methods that you favour?

Just recently, I have likewise been enjoying wax carving and the challenges of casting! It provides an approach to really explore shape and textures be they organic and rustic or streamlined and angular. I d enjoy to make a series of strong, angular statement rings set with rough cut or freeform stones.

I generally operate in silver and definitely love utilizing textures, fabricating my designs from recycled silver sheet and wire and often layering up different elements to create more dimension. I frequently using oxidisation to really highlight the depth and rub back locations to an intense matt silver to highlight and contrast.

How would you finest explain your design style?

My jewellery can be vibrant and simple in design, but I am also drawn to create delicate and intricate pieces. The silver and gold flower necklet integrating Violets, Forget-me-nots and Ivy was influenced by the Language of Flowers and represents remembrance, fidelity and love. Above all, I like my pieces to have something that people can determine or connect with to provide more significance and I attempt to integrate an aspect of story in all my main pieces.

Where do you like to get your inspiration from for your pieces?

I have actually always been interested by artefacts from Ancient cultures– Egyptian art especially and, as a kid wished to be an archaeologist like Howard Carter! It follows then that I likewise like the Art Deco period and design and it can clearly be identified as an influence in my jewellery.

Having actually matured, and still living in the South West countryside simply a stones toss from the coast, I am surrounded by nature which is an ever-changing inspiration for my work.

Do you have a piece that you have made which you favour or are particularly pleased with?

When I was on the ACL Silver Jewellery course, it would have to be the flower necklet that I made back in 2011. Making it truly was the essential point in altering my working life. At the time I was working as a Primary School Teacher and whilst I liked the task, I truly felt a need to spend my days creating and making this piece offered me the confidence to pursue that dream.

For an amateur, it was quite an intricate piece to make and I discovered a lot about what is possible with metal. Looking back at it now and if I made it once again, I know that it would be more fine-tuned– my soldering abilities have certainly improved! It is a piece that I would never ever wish to sell, and I do handle to use it from time to time.

What is the one item in your jewellery making workshop that you could not live without?

Its hard to pick and till just recently I would have stated my Durston Rolling Mill without doubt but … my brand-new Smiths Little Gas Torch has been a video game changer in enabling me to solder my multi-layered pieces without so lots of melting minutes.

What upcoming patterns do you see being popular quickly?

I am finding myself significantly busy redesigning individualss inherited jewellery. It is simply one stone of a number of that I have actually made into various pieces of jewellery.

What is the most important lesson you have gained from your time in the jewellery making market?

To keep learning and practicing. I count myself fortunate to have gotten encouragement, teaching and support from some fantastic Jewellers who have offered so kindly of their time and experience.

Do you have any particular recommendations that you would offer to up and coming jewellery designers, or someone interested in getting into jewellery making?

Dont be postponed and think that it is far too late, you have not got the ideal training or devices or chance. You will discover a way if you are enthusiastic about doing it. Believe in yourself, simply do it and enjoy it

Time for a bit of fun in our quick-fire round!

Tell us your favourite …

Colour– Green, constantly has beenBiscuit– Garibaldi (although they will always be squashed fly biscuits thanks to them being described that as a kid) Drink– Tea– medium strength and not too milkyPlace– Im a household person so it needs to be HomeAnimal– Cats (sorry to our canine Loli!) Gems– What is not to enjoy about a clear and sparkling old cut diamond?Food– Cornish clotted cream and jam however on a Cornish split not a sconeSport– I d rather not !! Film — Truly, Madly, Deeply– gets me every timeCity– Bath– the Antique Centre and Costume Museum are my favourites

Lots of thanks to Charlotte for being our Designer of the Month this month and for sharing this information

For more information on Charlottes work, you can visit her site, Facebook and Instagram

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