This month The Trove is featuring jewellery designer-maker Birgitte Bruun – read our Q&A with Birgitte to learn about her journey to becoming a designer of contemporary silver jewellery, her involvement in Cambridge Open Studios and membership with the Cambridge Jewellers’ Guild, and discover where you can view and purchase her designs.
(Image by Birgitte Bruun – Workspace)
Tell me a little about you and how you became a jewellery designer-maker.
I’ve always been a lover of silver jewellery and about twelve years ago discovered that there was a local evening class teaching jewellery making. I joined and instantly loved it! I carried on doing City & Guilds courses and slowly started building up a tool collection and making pieces at home. My business has grown steadily over the last few years and I enjoy making a mix of my own designs and commissions from people with their own ideas too.
Describe your style in 5 words.
Handcrafted silver jewellery; contemporary designs.
(Image by Birgitte Bruun – Silver Earrings)
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
From my Danish roots I am influenced by Scandinavian Design ethos to make functional but beautiful and well-crafted work. My jewellery designs are simple in design but I like to produce contrasts in my work, whether by texturing, oxidising or milling the silver which gives added interest to the pieces. I particularly enjoy shaping the metal by forging and planishing, and many of the pieces involve these techniques. I also include interesting semi-precious stones in my designs and highlights of gold.
Could you tell me a little more about one of your pieces?
One of my favourite pieces to make are the silver necklaces – I have a variety of different styles I make but they are all made with my two favourite tools; a mini anvil and ball pein hammer.
(Image by Birgitte Bruun – Mini Anvil & Ball Pein Hammer)
How do you keep yourself informed about what is going on within the art world, in Cambridgeshire and further afield?
I am a member of Cambridge Open Studios and as well as participating each year I also enjoy visiting other artists’ studios. I am also a member of the Cambridge Jewellers’ Guild. I follow lots of artists and organisations on social media which is a great way of finding out about exhibitions and events that interest me. I love Instagram and I use this as a useful photo-diary of my work in progress.
Are you a member of any local art groups?
I participate in the Cambridge Open Studios July event each year. It is a great organisation to be part of and I enjoy seeing the mix of regular and new visitors each year. I am also a member of the Cambridge Jewellers’ Guild and we exhibit regularly at Primavera, Cambridge.
(Image by Birgitte Bruun – Silver Bangles)
(Image by Birgitte Bruun – Silver Bubble Blower)
Where can people find your work?
People can see my work in my studio by making an appointment via my website. I also have work at Rachel Dormor’s shop at Burwash Manor and at Primavera Gallery in Cambridge. You can see a small selection of my work on Etsy.com too!
Click here to visit Birgitte’s Etsy.com shop! You can also find out more by visiting her website and following her social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Thank you to Birgitte for completing our Q&A – we love getting an insight into the inspiration behind the work of local artists, designers and makers. If you would like to find out more about being featured then please do contact us.