Artist on File: Sarah Devonald
Michelle Turaev met with Jewellery Designer Sarah Devonald and learnt more about her work and inspiration...
Sarah studied Music at Cambridge University, which lead to a successful broadcasting and producing career at the BBC. She later attended a Design and Jewellery HND course at London Metropolitan University. Currently, she divides her time between teaching music, radio broadcasting and producing alongside designing and making jewellery in her studio.
Inspiration and Style
She is influenced by the sea, frost, nature, plant forms, sound waves and all patterns and colours in general. While visiting Sarah, I noticed that a board was displayed in her studio with pictures to act as a catalyst for ideas. Many of these pictures were of the sea which is reflected heavily in the colour combinations used by her. Although her collection is comprised of many items in lovely blue shades, it also contains jewellery of all shapes and sizes. This arm piece (pictured on right) consists of beautiful calming hues created from organic and free enamel. Sarah loves nothing more than to be experimental especially when combining geometric forms of metal with the free and organic textures of enamel or stone. The originality of this piece is expressed through the contrast between the soft enamel and the regimented, angular sails.
Sarah has even used vegetables and fruits as her starting point; brussels sprouts were used for a brooch and pineapple for a ring. It is amazing how Sarah managed to translate such an unusual vegetable in to a stunning and unique brooch. Sarah explained the design and production process and I was amazed at how complicated and delicate an operation it is which makes each item of jewellery even more of a masterpiece.
Sarah has received many awards including the Worshipful Company of Goldmiths Special Award for the body of work completed during her HND. Furthermore, she gained the Goldsmiths Prize for innovation and excellence in use of materials. She also received the Certificate of Merit from the British Jewellers Association and an award from H.S Walsh, specialist suppliers of tools for the jewellery trade.
Sarah was invited to the New Designers Exhibition at Studio Fusion in the OXO Tower. In addition, she exhibited her jewellery at Brighton Open House Programme and at Kingsbury Barn, St.Albans. Her jewellery is currently being sold in 'Art at 88' along Berkhamsted High Street and Sarah also works on commissions.
It would definitely be worth visiting 'Art at 88' to view the collection as photographs do not wholly illustrate the true quality of this magnificent range.
by MICHELLE TURAEV