This range of jewellery, in uid, natural forms uses aluminium at the heart of it’s construction. This material, known for it’s lightness and malleability in industry, adds an interesting juxtaposition to the organic look of the jewellery, as well as allowing large pieces to be made and worn comfortably. Sterling silver accents give a further sense of luxury.
Some pieces are created in copper to showcase this metals warmth and range of colours. Although harder to work than the aluminium, the bright oranges, rich reds through to deep blacks are just reward for the extra effort.
Fold-forming is a technique which folds sheet metal and compresses the folds, either by traditional hammering or mechanical means, allowing the metal to move as it wishes. This unforced movement leads to very natural forms. Often pieces are defined by the way the metal moves, so called “happy accidents” giving rise to new directions in design.
The discipline, invented in the 1980’s by Charles Lewton-Brain, is still very young, each person discovering new possibilities and enlarging the knowledge base. For this reason the nbNg brand is constantly expanding and evolving.
I have been making jewellery for over a decade, beginning with simple strung jewellery, before learning more complex bead-weaving techniques and finally teaching myself traditional precious metal jewellery making.
7 years ago, I set up my company Ng Jewellery to promote my increasingly passionate hobby, selling through weekend craft fairs. 4 1/2 years ago I was made redundant and used the opportunity to become self employed and make a full time commitment to my business.
I discovered fold-forming in late 2010. Captivated by the shapes created, I set about exploring the technique using aluminium and copper to perfect my skills.
Falling in love with these materials I have brought this work together in the brandnbNg
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