Anna Pope Design
Heritage inspired Jewellery
Anna designed and made this ring whilst studying her degree. It is inspired by basketry and the connection the maker has with their natural surroundings. The ring is made from oxidized sterling silver, coconut fibres are attached using a plain weave technique and a trapped Carnelian stone Anna found with her family on a beach as a child, which stood out in amongst a mass of pebbles.
Traditional Twist is a kinetic pendant / sculpture designed and made by Anna for her final year show at University in 2012; where she won Student Enterprise Award. It is inspired by basketry's close connection with plants and specifically gourds. Whilst Anna was researching she discovered that a Luffa is a type of gourd and not a sponge from the ocean as she originally believed.
An immortalised cast sterling silver luffa seed takes center stage inside a gold plated hand raised sterling silver dome. Bands rotate around the piece, representing the ribs of certain styles of baskets and the process involved by man to strip down a natural material, such as a gourd to be used for another purpose.
Kinetic Seed Sculpture Commission
Anna was commissioned by artsNK to design and make a sculpture for the Zygote festival which was held in Sleaford, Lincolnshire as ‘a creative celebration of Sleafords Seed industry’. She set up a blog to share the journey of the development of her work and any interesting facts or images about the industry she gained along the way.
Coiled Jewellery Collection
Anna discovered coiling whilst searching for inspiration in the University library. She followed instructions she found in a small selection of books and practiced in various materials until she eventually moved onto precious metal. Each metal used has to be treated a different way.
This collection is a continuation on from Traditional Twist. The luffa seeds are replaced with hand coiled gemstones using precious metal and set inside impotalised metal luffa slices; which can be worn as brooches or displayed. Due to the processes used, each piece is unique.