She had combined textiles and silver in 'memory frames', many of them commissions to hold treasured photos with etched and engraved silver mottos with relevant sentiments. The raw materials for the designs were very interesting, silver wire and sheet, and a particularly lovely technique of dyeing or printing on aluminium sheet, which is then incorporated into the delicate silver pieces. Inspiration in the forms of dragonflies and butterflies flitted through the jewellery, along with casted silver honeybees, shells and coral.
Sheila had brought along some of her tools and a little anvil, and several ladies had a go at beating and engraving copper sheets, with hammers with special heads.
Sheila has exhibited at the Barbican in London, the Lighthouse in Glasgow and Centrespace, Dundee, along with Perth Open Studios and various other venues. She also teaches in Adult Education and runs various workshops, and we hope she will do a workshop for us - watch this space!
Sheila can be found at www.sheilaroussel.co.uk, and on Facebook Facebook.com/SheilaRousselJewelleryDesign
|Nature inspired and aluminium sheet jewellery|
|Bangles, some with casted silver objects|
|Memory box and memory brooch|
|Dyes and printed aluminium sheets|
|Trying out engraving copper sheet|