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.”
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。