Welcome to my website – Woven Silver Art Jewellery – a gallery and shop of eco-friendly jewellery in fine Argentium Sterling Silver – uniquely designed and handmade by myself, Agatha Wijdeveld, contemporary art jewellery designer-maker.
After a year spent creating these first series of Woven Silver Art Jewellery pieces, I am excited to launch my new website to coincide with World Earth Day, 22 April 2017.
It has been what feels like a long personal journey to get to this point in my creative journey of art jewellery making.
Over the years, whilst still developing my art jewellery making skills, I became enchanted with pewter, and learnt various metalsmithing techniques of casting and shaping this silvery soft metal. However, I came to a grinding halt on this path when I also discovered the dire consequences on the environment and on the people who work in most of the tin mines around the world, with tin being the main metal used in the manufacture of pewter.
And so I found myself in a personal dilemma of how to reconcile my love of metalsmithing in creating art jewellery and my wish to protect our environment and create a sustainable living for myself.
I then began to research online about “green” metals and eco-friendly jewellery. Was there a sustainable precious metal out there that I could use in my jewellery making I wondered? Could I perhaps source “recycled” silver from somewhere perhaps?
And it was at this time of research and reflection that I stumbled upon Argentium Sterling Silver as a responsible creative solution to my dilemma. I sourced a reputable supplier of Argentium, tried out some of this silver wire and cut sheet, found it a joy to work with and soon decided to make this my creative medium of choice. I now weave, coil, twist, stitch and shape bright Argentium silver wire of different lengths and gauges into spontaneous, inspirational one-of-a-kind pieces with unlimited design possibilities.
And so today I begin this journey of sharing with you my unique miniature wearable art jewellery creations with the launch of my Woven Silver Art Jewellery website and gallery shop.
In future blog posts I will share with you aspects of my inspiration, process, works in progress and latest finished pieces; and other snippets of information that may excite and be of interest to you.
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Warm and creative wishes,