Monique makes jewellery that has a delicate precious quality. It invites the viewer to look closer, there may be a small door to open, a lid to remove or a locket to spin. To her, the interaction of jewellery is important; the revealing of something secret and hidden will always provoke curiosity and wonder.
Monique's current Moorland Collection explores the imbalance and incongruity of the large granite rocks found on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. Her intention was to address their shape and toppling formations that have been naturally sculpted over many thousands of years.
Monique is drawn to irregular forms and asymmetrical compositions. The imposing boulders and fractures of rock found in Cornwall continue to be a prominent source of inspiration. In this series of work, she applies vitreous enamel to obtain a drawn fractured quality, together with various forms of stone setting. Colour plays an important role through the use of semi-precious stones, gold and contrasting oxidised sterling silver with highly polished silver. Mechanisms also feature in Monique's work with the tiny hinges she makes for her locket pieces and the handmade hidden spring mechanism concealed in the base of the pin brooches.
Monique's work often stems from a memory in her childhood or personal events in her life, for example as a family they often walk the landscape of Bodmin Moor. It is important that her designs hold a narrative, one that can be open to interpretation by the wearer and again by the viewer.
‘I am interested in this designer, maker, wearer relationship and like to invite the wearer to attach their own meanings onto my jewellery.’
This collection is named after Hawks Tor on Bodmin Moor They are made from sterling silver and can be finished in part polished or oxidised black or gold plated. Each interior is oxidised black. They each have their own semi-precious stone set, such as green aventurine, citrine, London blue topaz, garnet and peridot stones.
Monique started her creative career as a scenic artist, painting sets and making props. She swapped her six inch paintbrush to tiny tweezers and magnifying glasses and has since graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Silversmithing & Jewellery at Truro College.