We always look forward to Truro College of Art & Design's annual exhibition, showcasing designs from students creating show stopping displays. Here at Kernowcraft, we were honoured to sponsor the jewellery award and pleased to hear that Monique Jeffrey Jones stole the show, winning for the second year running.
The Page Turner event was held at Lemon Quay in Truro, Cornwall and was the 12th annual exhibition. It's a wonderful exhibition, giving the chance to view artists and designers of the future take their first steps into the creative industry.
We are so happy to welcome Monique back here on the blog, to chat about winning the award, the inspiration behind her impressive designs and what the future holds now that she has graduated.
"Winning the Kernowcraft Award for the second year running at the Truro College Art and Design show was a great surprise and quite unexpected.
"In the exhibition I was showcasing my final graduate collection of my B A Honours Degree. It is a continuation and development from my Moorland Brooch, which won last year. This collection again uses the imposing rock formations of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall as its source of inspiration. The large granite boulders of the Moor fascinate me. Through centuries of erosion they look imbalanced, precariously stacked upon each other, looking as though at any moment they could topple over. I am often drawn to irregular forms, incongruity and anything that isn’t quite symmetrical. I wanted to use these impressive forms and translate them into my jewellery designs."
"I am often asked, how do I think of my ideas? Or, how do I know what to make? It is not until I have travelled through the design process that ideas begin to develop. I start with my sketchbook, in this instance, drawing the granite rocks from source. From these I extract profiles and start to work with composition, maybe changing the orientation of my paper, adding colour, or repeating shapes or marks. Not until I have fully explored and developed a
"For my Moorland Pin
"This collection was made using traditional jewellery making tools,
"I am looking forward to