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 to her that my 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".
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.
Hawks Tor Rings
These are named after Hawks Tor on Bodmin Moor and compliment the Hawks Tor Pins and Hawks Tor Earrings. 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, pictured are green aventurine, citrine and garnet. The rings can be made to any size as they are made to order. the approximate dimensions of the hollow form are 10-14mm.
Hawks Tor Pins
These lapel pins are named after Hawks Tor on Bodmin Moor, echoing its irregular form and shape. They come in either a slightly polished silver, with an oxidised interior, black oxidised silver with a gold coloured leaf interior or 23ct gold plated sterling silver with an oxidised interior. Each has its own 2mm semi-precious stone. Shown in the picture are citrine, London blue topaz, garnet and peridot stones. Height 60mm.
Hawks Tor Earrings
Named after Hawks Tor on Bodmin Moor these delicate earrings compliment the Hawks Tor Pins and Hawks Tor Rings. They are made from sterling silver and can be made in either a part polished version, oxidised version of gold plated version. Featured in the image are studs and at either end are drop earring versions. Like the Hawks Tor Pins and Rings they have contrasting intertiors of either oxidised silver or gold coloured leaf with a delicate 2mm semi precious stone set. They measure from 10mm to 14mm across.