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Jewellery Pop Up with Susan Cross, 16 November 2018 - 16 January 2019

Susan Cross is well known for her distinctive jewellery inspired by textile techniques. Her work can be seen in many jewellery collections both nationally and internationally for example: V&A London, National Museums of Scotland, Alice & Louis Koch collection, Switzerland, Crafts Council, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and more recently the newly opened V&A Dundee.

In 2007 she won the much-coveted Jerwood Foundation prize for Jewellery; awarded in recognition of excellence, innovation, commitment and significant contribution to the field of jewellery.

Susan works predominantly with precious metals, exploring the potential of both wire and sheet. Her interest in textiles explores forms through line and texture.

Jewellery for this exhibition focuses on the ‘drawn thread’ technique, often used in conjunction with embroidery stitches. Drawn thread work is a form of counted-thread embroidery based on removing threads from the warp/weft of a piece of even weave fabric. Following the careful selecting, drawing and removal of individual threads the linen fabric is embossed into silver sheet. The silver sheet is often inlayed with either 22ct or 18ct green gold. In the large pendant neckpieces, a woven straw hat has been pressed into the silver sheet.

This intricate process produces a unique and individual jewellery style; evocative of richly embroidered and embellished cloth, sensual to the touch and playful to the eye.