Collect_ive Art Jewellers

A new generation of British Art Jewellers

Meet Anna Wales

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What role have you got in Collect_ive? (ie curator, PR etc)

I am helping with the social media side

What have you done for it so far? (for your role in the group)

Setting up the Facebook page, posting, Tweeting and helping with the Blog.  I have a feeling my Social Media Partner Grace Page is much better at it than me though!

What is the inspiration behind your work?

I just like working with materials and putting the different elements of my work together.  Often new ideas spring to mind as I start to construct a piece and watch it grow in front of me.

I suppose I am also drawn to quite linear, graphic yet organic forms.

How do you choose what materials to work in?

I’ve always loved working with metal since Design Technology at school…manipulating something so ‘hard’ and ‘strong’ is very satisfying.  And the contrast between those qualities and those associated with textiles is something I find very appealing both visually and physically.

What are you working on for Amsterdam?

I mainly plan to show my ‘Felted Boa’ Collection and ‘Branches and Berries’  so it is going to be very Red and Black with the odd shock of silver.

What is your workshop like?

One big busy mess at the moment!!  I LOVE my workshop.  I share with three friends, Lucie Gledhill, Caren Hartley and Lizzie Peers, all who are wonderful, bright and inspirational people.  It can get a bit noisy, busy and manic at times when we’re all working like mad to meet deadlines, which of course all come at once! But after working by myself for so long I am loving being surrounded by like minded people.  And an abundance of tools too!! Amazing


What are you most looking forward to about Sieraad?

Seeing the city again, doing my first international show, seeing what kind of response my work gets in Amsterdam and showing alongside 7 other exciting Jewellers as well as all the other exhibitors there.  I think it will be hugely interesting and a great experience.

What are you most worried about Sieraad?

Getting Lost ( I have a terrible sense of direction, I’m dragging along my boyfriend to be my guide dog!  Missing the plane.  Finding out I booked the hotel for the wrong week!  Leaving all my Jewellery behind!  Etc etc

Have you checked that your passport is in date?

It is! Phew!

What have you got planned for afterwards?

I have a really busy month at the moment. The weekend before I leave for Amsterdam I am showing at MADE London, then 2 days after I get back I’m off to Nottingham to do Lustre.  I’m also exhibiting and working at Dazzle at the National Theatre in London. Then I musn’t forget to supply my galleries and there’s the possibility of Open Studios too. Eeek. No sleep til Christmas for me!



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