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Naomi McIntosh

Statement

Naomi Mcintosh investigates with jewellery how spaces that surround the body are perceived. Thinking of the pieces as ‘Wearable Drawings’ and the body as a landscape.

An architectural background helped develop a signature language with a focus on form, clean lines and with a strong attention to detail. Working with materials that allow the intricate nature of the work to be visible.

This unique jewellery captures movement as it is worn because of the flexibility of the pieces. The shapes and forms relate to the anatomy of the body and movement manipulates the pieces creating dynamic, fluid and responsive jewellery that reveals the voids that travel throughout the pieces when worn. External and internal forms and patterns are revealed and the jewellery has a synchronicity with the wearer as it relates, outlines and reshapes profiles.

The pieces are currently made from with wood and precious metals because of the contrast between the edge and the surface of the wood. Metals are also to highlight the forms and draw attention to areas of the body. The pieces are precise and very structural however look organic because of the choice of materials, which is an interesting contrast because of the technology and processes used.

Inspiration for the pieces comes from a fascination with rock formations and contour maps as well as the contours of the body. Construction, architectural methodologies and drawing conventions have also contributed to this way of working.