Artist: Ruth Baird
Orchid Gallery: http://www.ganoksin.com/orchid/baird-1.htm
My inspiration for jewellery begins from my feelings of joy in the
landscape and the natural world (the seaside when I lived near it,
and now the bush and my garden), and my interest in, and curiosity
about, its processes, including the cycle of death and regeneration.
Many of the shapes and textures I use are derived from nature.
I prefer simple techniques, and using my hands, rather than
machines: knitting, crochet, and more recently, twining and weaving,
form a large part of my work. Apart from these, fabrication is my
main construction technique - I mount titanium, niobium or shell in
silver. The colours of my titanium and niobium work I get by
anodising, whereby an oxide layer forms and appears as various
colours according to minute variations in thickness. Then I use
various grinding, punching or painting techniques to create a
I try to make my work wearer-friendly and comfortable, as it is
intended to be worn by people who are attuned to what I am doing.