Bloom | Julia de Klerk
Bloom is a new body of work from maker Julia de Klerk, inspired by vintage colour and pattern.
Nostalgia is at the core of every piece, the maker cites 1970s floral fabrics from her Grandparent’s caravan, as well as kitsch plastic toys that she played with as a child.
The collection is also a reflection of her passion for vintage Bakelite, lucite and celluloid jewellery from the 1950s-80s, with bright colours and bold shapes. To achieve this, the maker uses laser etching and heat bending techniques to create highly detailed and textured shapes.
The artist said:
"With this new collection I aimed to design something beautiful that you could cherish. I love how jewellery is worn differently by each wearer and enjoy seeing which pieces in the new collection stand out most to the people I meet.”
The artist has also designed a range of recyclable packaging alongside each piece influenced by vintage toy and match box packaging:
"As a designer, especially one using plastics, I knew I wanted to create beautiful jewellery but I have a responsibility to control the output of my waste materials.
It's been a really positive journey as I’ve sourced all materials for my jewellery and packaging within the UK - I've met small business owners and local suppliers that have ensured the quality of the materials I am using. So many suppliers have this focus now which is brilliant. My packaging is completely recyclable and all my acrylic and silver offcuts are collected and recycled with the aim to control my ecological footprint, something I will continue to explore and expand moving forward.”
About Julia de Klerk
Julia de Klerk is a designer maker based in Petersfield, UK. The artist studied Design at Goldsmiths, University of London and shortly after graduating enrolled on a number of short courses specialising in jewellery design at Central St Martins. She hand makes all her work from a small workshop in her hometown of Portsmouth.
de Klerk has practiced in various design medias within the industry including illustration, graphic design and craft curation but always found her strongest interest and inspiration in jewellery design. The artist has been making and selling experimental silver, resin and acrylic jewellery through local and international fairs, as well as online since 2012.