Designer of the Month – Jenny Gartside

Im likewise a member of the High Peak Artists Association, a jointly run group of over 40 regional artists who run The Gallery in the Gardens (Buxton), I have actually been a member for 5 years offering my jewellery and since spring 2020 I exhibit as a printmaker too, offering etched copperplate and drypoint prints.

Jewellery maker Jenny Gartside has a love of utilizing gems and taking her motivation from nature. Find out more about this months Designer of the Month below

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

Im a jeweller and printmaker from Buxton in the Peak District. Im likewise a trombonist, wife and mum — having been a member of my local brass band (Burbage Band, Buxton) for over 10 years. Music is a household pastime, so together with my other half and son we have acquired over 71 years of brass band experience between us!

I likewise show my work even more afield, having actually shown twice in the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Miniature Artists, Sculptors and Gravers held at the Mall Galleries in London, along with in local yearly exhibitions consisting of, the Stockport Open Art Exhibition, the Derbyshire Open Exhibition, and the Buxton Spa Prize Exhibition.This year was particularly exciting as I had a silver daffodil sculpture selected for the Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition an exhibition which I have never ever gotten in prior to.

Inform us about your work– exist any particular products or methods that you favour?

I like working in silver primarily, with a little copper and bronze included for excellent step, and occasionally recycled steel. I typically utilize gemstones in my work, with peridot being a particular favourite to deal with since I love the abundant green colour. I also enjoy engraving products utilizing a handheld graver, I likewise like to use chasing and repousse on copper items, such as bowls.

Captivating is a cold signing up with technique which I am using a lot more in my pieces, I find it assists to get rid of some of the issues connected with soldering such as the softening of metal or fire-scale, captivating can be important to the style of the piece however likewise ornamental too, an example being my double flower pendant which is held together with 5 rivets which also comprise the stamen, so no heat was utilized in this piece at all! (the chain is also connected with a riveted hoop of wire).

How would you finest describe your design style?

Differed! I tend towards natural themes, utilizing leaf patterns and shapes, or engraving pictures of birds and flowers onto jewellery. I feel that my signature design/ pieces are my silver square range which are set with gems and have a rough, rusty hammer textured background, these have always been popular with customers, but I likewise just love the appearance of the finished item too, so I end up making them a lot!

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

This mainly originates from the natural world as I constantly have my camera at the ready when out walking so that I can catch brand-new and intriguing shapes, patterns or textures to duplicate on jewellery at home. A great deal of leaves, branches, bark, plumes and seeds make their method house for work, either on my electronic camera roll or in my pockets! I likewise get motivation from the ancient world, I find Viking and Saxon jewellery definitely interesting, and I sometimes produce pieces in this design.

Do you have a piece that you have made which you favour or are especially happy with?

I think my finest piece is probably my miniature daffodil sculpture in silver. This piece was accepted this year into the Society of Botanical Artists exhibit, regretfully the exhibition couldnt go ahead at the Mall Galleries in London as planned due to the national lockdown, but it did go on online! It was extremely interesting to have this piece picked for the exhibition, and it has inspired me to enter the exhibition once again next year.

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

This would be my handheld graver which I use a lot! Not just do I etch jewellery with it I likewise utilize this for my copperplate printing.

What upcoming patterns do you see being popular quickly?

I likewise believe that using recycled products in jewellery might become more popular as we end up being more knowledgeable about environment change and other ecological problems, I have a variety which I make from utilized steel can, and I identify it as such and these designs have frequently sold simply as well as their silver counterparts. I believe design is often valued over product, so couple this with some strong eco– credentials and you have rather a desirable item!

I think interactive wedding event and engagement ring making will end up being more popular, as people are constantly looking for ways to make this most individual celebrations really unique. This is something that I now use as a class from my workshop, and it can be a lot of fun for people to make such special products together.

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

Keep discovering! Although my very first jewellery class was over sixteen years ago, I still enjoy to participate in courses, if I find something brand-new that I have not tried prior to I will frequently go to fantastic lengths to do this, I have travelled as far north as Scotland for a course in chasing and repousse, and as far south as West Sussex for a course in traditional hand inscription!

Do you have any particular suggestions that you would offer to up and coming jewellery designers, or somebody thinking about getting into jewellery making?

If you are thinking of getting into jewellery making,– go for it, it is so much enjoyable! I still dont have simply one style and Ive been making jewellery for practically half of my life!

Keep discovering too, it doesnt constantly require to be pricey or time consuming, there are numerous excellent complimentary online tutorials available now.

Finally, time for a bit of enjoyable in our quick-fire round!

Tell us your favourite …

For more details on Jennys work, you can visit her website, or feel totally free to check out her Facebook or Instagram page.

Colour– None in particular, I like them all!Biscuit– Mcvities orange clubDrink– Earl grey tea with milkPlace– Monsal Dale in Derbyshire, I have actually constantly been drawn in to this place as it is soothing and so gorgeous, and I have walked it many times. My hubby proposed to me here one brilliant fall day in 2018, and it is likewise the location we have actually picked to have our ashes spread when we are gone.Animal– Swallows, I enjoy viewing their fluid, twisting flight patterns in the sky, and their remarkable speeds, and the noises! I never tire of watching and listening to them, they make their method into my work rather often!Gemstone– Peridot, I love the stunning, intense green colour.Food– All of it!Sport– Outdoor swimming, particularly in winter … brrr!Film– None! I see enjoying movies as a waste of my valuable time! I just have so much time on this world and Im not going to squander any of it viewing silly old movies! (… I simulate the periodic documentary or retro funny series though!) City– Sheffield, I see it a gorgeous, green and friendly city, it is the location where I initially learned silversmithing and jewellery making several years back, it is likewise where my son was born– 2 things that have brought me a lot delight! (I even determinedly attended my very first year of jewellery college while pregnant, and the second year of it as a brand-new Mother!).

Many thanks to Jenny for being our Designer of the Month this month and for sharing this details.

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