Amy Townsend

BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing

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Amy Townsend : Jewellery & Silversmithing BA (Hons)

This collection intertwines the past with the present, taking inspiration from the decorative soft furnishings within Amy’s Grandparents current home and the industrial City of Portsmouth where her father lived until the age of 14. Combining these domestic (interior) and urban (exterior) landscapes enables the ornate and the corroded to sit in conjunction within these uncanny mixed-media outcomes. The contrasting surfaces suggest the familiar is not always comfortable.

Both sides of each brooch are considered/unique (the image captions may not describe what you can currently see! – please visit @amytownsendjewellery on Instagram for more detail)

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Amy Townsend | Crafts 5
Photographing final collection 'on location' surrounded by industrial landscape, highlighting source of inspiration.
Amy Townsend | Crafts 4
116 (brooch) Press-formed silver (repeatedly annealed and pickled to achieve white surface) plywood painted with acrylic, laser-etched on front, ‘aqua blue’ spinel rivets hold cuttlefish-cast silver in place.
Amy Townsend | Crafts 3
Branch (brooch) Laser-etched plywood, decorated with porcelain depicting torn, ornate wallpaper and a playful orange flower, all riveted to green enamelled silver back.
Amy Townsend | Crafts 2
Corroded tube and concrete wall (brooch) Etched silver (using 15% nitric acid) scored, folded and soldered into rectangular tube; oxidised and burnished back (sealed with renaissance wax), laser-cut curb chain painted with acrylic, textured porcelain with grey underglaze and brushed silver heart and shell rivets.
Amy Townsend | Crafts 1
Floral fabric (brooch) painted plywood has been layered with laser-etched acrylic, the back depicts floral fabric under an abstract fence structure, pierced from silver.
Amy Townsend | Crafts
Tintype tower-block (brooch) Tintype of Amy's own photograph (produced by The Tintype Studio) held into painted plywood frame with enamelled flowers, the back has been made from roll-printed silver, oxidised and attached with decorative silver rivets.