ARTIST

Naomi James

Jeweller

Biography

I have been making jewellery since I was 14 and have always designed as I work, allowing the making process to inspire the final design. Many of my designs use leaves, plants and feathers to imprint natural textures on silver giving my work a found quality- almost as if the pieces were produced by a natural process.
I explore new ideas through playing with metal- first texturing with embossing and hammering, then folding and bending to create forms derived from nature particularly seeds and plants. I like to use the contrasting textures of different plants which I combine in one piece of jewellery and compliment with touches of 18 carat gold and coloured semi-precious stones.
It’s important to me that I make my jewellery by hand- I use no casting or machine work and none of my jewellery is mass produced, so each piece is unique. I have been making full time for over 20 years now and have exhibited in galleries and at craft fairs all over the UK.