Ruth Vintr BA Hons studied Textile Design at Glasgow School of Art and after a varied career she has now established ItsAlchemy, using her creative talents to design and make jewellery.
Born Stratford-Upon-Avon 1974
Lives and works in The Vale of Clwyd, North Wales.
I started a new creative project in 2009 from which ItsAlchemy was born.
For some years I collected or ‘rescued’ interesting pieces of China. Many of the odd chipped, cracked or broken pieces had lost whatever original value they might have had when they began life as cherished China but the patterns and colours wove their magic spell around me. Unable to leave these irresistible treasures to their fate I began to collect. Working in a studio surrounded by this inspiring collection I began to create jewellery that would extend the life of each individual piece, giving it a unique use and personal value.
Other collections have followed;
China jewellery with resin coated edges for a natural younger has softer look.
Personalised jewellery featuring memory lockets made with glass, antique lace, words and customers carefully adjusted photographs.
The latest collection ‘Indian Summer’ is vibrant, each cut and ground piece of china framed wth colourful hand painted edges.
The Blackwell collection designed for The Shop Floor Project in Ulverston showcased a range of jewellery of ItsAlchemy designs inspired by the arts and crafts property, Blackwell House. the development of a new transfer technique of putting pattern onto reclaimed white china meant that for the first time designs could be repeated in limited editions.
I will create personalised jewellery from china, lace, photographs, monograms and words to commission.
The jewellery has shown in exhibitions and galleries throughout the UK. I also sell through various retail outlets, galleries and through my website http://www.china-jewellery.co.uk
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