Jacqueline May Designs, Jasu Patel Jewellery
'@jacquelinemaydesigns, @ jasu1404
Jacqueline May Designs Greeting Cards
Jacqueline May Designs Framed Prints
Jacqueline May Designs Mounted Prints
I aim to capture the essence and joy of nature. Celebrate and share my moments of elation. Bring a smile to people's faces. I have wonderful conversations with visitors at events about shared special places, or them remembering their special places. This mutual connection with others drives me forward and influenced my work’s direction.
My plan from the start was about selling prints of my original designs. The original designs being but a means to an end. It was about making something affordable and easy to share, not something too precious and exclusive. I also didn’t want my work to be about following a trend or latest fad. I wanted something timeless, something of the ethereal. I site William Morris designs as the epitome.
I aim to broaden my reach to more people, increase my stockist list, and apply my designs to everyday objects such as mugs and tea-towels.
To create sophisticated and fashionable jewellery which combines elegant designs with high quality. The wearer can enjoy wearing jewellery effortlessly yet attract attention by the sheer movements, be it a pendant, earrings or bangles. Using traditional metalsmith techniques my jewellery is handmade with time and effort taken to achieve the highest results to “wow” the wearer.
Though my style and medium have changed over the years my inspiration has always come from nature. I particularly delight in colour and how it interplays in nature and on the page. I work from photographs taken from my garden window or while out and about on frequent jaunts into the countryside. Mostly in England, vary occasionally Scotland.
I have a great love of our indigenous flora and fauna. My garden is alive with wildlife and planted predominantly with native, wildlife friendly, plants. My motorhome also enables me to frequently explore a variety of different environments. From riotous colourful Warwickshire flowerbeds, to wild Norfolk riversides, to gentle Scottish woodlands.
A love of gardening also led me to volunteering for the National Trust at the Arts & Crafts Stoneywell Cottage for some years. Many photos were taken, and a number have directly inspired my work.
My views and explorations while travelling are my biggest inspirations, the architecture or nature in bloom inspires me to think how this can be transformed into wearable art. I always have camera to hand to capture anything that inspires me and immediately my thought of train turns to “how can this be used” or part of it to design jewellery.
I start with a line drawing on Bristol Board using a fine black pen. Introducing the simple beauty of line gives form and somewhere for the colour to come alive. Colour is then introduced, using pro-marker pens (for their luminosity). Applying multiple layers to create tonal depth and colour mix, with occasional touches of gouache, pencil or Indian ink.
Completed designs are individually scanned and calibrated for both paper and cards stock. Framed and mounted prints are produced onto Bockingford Watercolour Paper, using ChromeLife 100+ ink. Making individual digital prints in-house is integral to my creative process.
Using predominantly Sterling Silver sheet and wire I will pierce, manipulate, fold and texture to create. I have many tools which will be used in the process such as hammers, drills, Rolling Mill to add textures and a Pendant Motor for polishing and filing. Finished pieces are then put through a barrelling machine for the final clean and polish.