Discovering complexity through simplicity | 從簡約中見複雜

Ever-changing nature has granted us a plethora of spectacular sceneries. We are frequently amazed at its power yet we only focus on what is right in front of us. Rather than focusing on the obvious, Elizabeth Crawford observes the unnoticeable growth at the bottom part of the natural chain.

“I like to take my inspiration mostly from plants, specifically the more unusual and often disregarded forms like mosses as I find the complex and intricate structures they create to be reminiscent of the formations. I also like to look at rock formations, geometric structures and specific environments like rock pools for inspiration,” said Elizabeth.

With her four years of study about jewellery and metalwork, Elizabeth said the most important thing she learnt is “not to be afraid to experiment” as the continuous process brings happy accidents along with the formation of her style.

As one might think metal is difficult to work with without much flexibility, Elizabeth appreciates its characteristic. She likes using metal the most as it allows her to use her creativity to manipulate, enamel and combine a wide range of works that does not disintegrate or lose form over time.

Apart from the permanency of metal that gives a piece a greater sense of worth, Elizabeth also wants to challenge unconventional materials like wood and stone, which synchronises with her passion for nature.

“I’ve always been interested in nature and enjoy exploring an unlimited and varied range of different forms that can be found in our natural environment. I think that jewellery should be like nature: unique.”

Indeed, uniqueness is the core value not only of Elizabeth’s creation but also the subjects she works around. “I don’t believe in the creation of cheaply produced mass commercial jewellery as I feel it’s very impersonal.”

Elizabeth describes her creation style as “unique, intricate and contemporary,” which resonates with her relationship with nature. “I think I am very conscious of not trying too hard to replicate any specific natural form like a generic flower. Instead, I like to use the idea that no two natural objects will ever be identical as inspiration.”

“I prefer to take reference from more obscure natural objects like mosses, algae, rock/crystal formations and other miniature, complex formations,” she added.

Having her direction confirmed through her university graduation project, Elizabeth is up for the next challenge – a theme linked to the sea where complex structures take place and a diverse range of plants and animal species are found in coral reefs.

“I am constantly experimenting with different techniques and trying to find ways of creating objects that appear to have been naturally formed.”

Collaborating with another jeweller is her dream project where both styles could compliment and generate the chemistry of creativity. “I’d love to imagine that in five years I’d have established my brand fully, become a full-time jeweller, and specialised in the creation of one-off and bespoke pieces of wearable artworks.”

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我們總是訝異於大自然賜予我們觀賞的多面貌景觀。看見眼前宏偉的美景時,我們總是很容易忽略了細微的部分;跟我們不同的是,Elizabeth Crawford喜歡觀察自然的細微的地方,留意那不為人熟知的部分。

「我的靈感大部分來自于植物,尤其是那些很容易被遺忘,像是青苔這類的植物 ,他們雖然微小卻有著複雜精細的構造。同時我也很喜歡觀察石頭,以及地形等等的天然構造,以此來獲得靈感。」

在學習了四年關於珠寶及金屬製造之後,Elizabeth說她學到最重要的就是「不要害怕嘗試」,因為她試過在很多次實驗之後都得到了讓人喜出望外的結果。

很多人認為金屬缺乏彈性也不利於創作,可是Elizabeth卻很喜歡它的特質。她喜歡金屬容許她進行加工,塗瓷釉和加上其他一系列的工序,即使長時間擺放之後也不會分解。

除了金屬的恆久性這一點讓珠寶更值得擁有外,Elizabeth也想嘗試注入不同的材料,比如木材和石材,因為這樣可以跟大自然更加貼合。

「我其實一直都很喜歡大自然,也喜歡到處去探索。大自然擁有無窮盡的可能性,而且沒有完全一樣的生物或者風景。我想珠寶也應該像大自然一樣,獨特。」

確實,獨特性是Elizabeth創作的核心和主題。「我不相信以低價大量制造的珠寶,既沒有特色,商業味道也非常濃重。」

Elizabeth形容自己的創作風格為「獨特,細膩和當代」,與她跟大自然的關係不謀而合。「我覺得我對於『不重複任何自然構造』非常著重,比方是一朵看起來很普通的花朵。相對的,我喜歡用外形不重複的自然物來作為我的靈感。」

「比方說青苔、藻類植物、石頭、水晶等雖然小但是構造複雜的自然物,我就最喜歡了。」

當她完成自己大學畢業的作品后,Elizabeth就確認了自己的創作方向並對自己下一個項目躍躍欲試 – 以深藏各種不同生物的珊瑚礁和有複雜結構的大海為主題。

「我一直都在反複實驗不同的技巧和嘗試創造不同於大自然給我們動植物。」

她的夢想項目是與不同的珠寶設計師合作並將不同的創作風格和諧融合,激發出創意的火花。「我希望在五年內我可以成為全職珠寶設計師,並可以專門設計可以用於平時穿戴的珠寶孤品。」

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