Bronwen Gwillim: Unique Contemporary Jewellery
Statement jewellery from recycled plastics, eco resins and cement that incorporates waste plastics, Bronwen works with these discarded materials and turns them into something precious and unique.
Bronwen calls herself a plasticsmith and is interested in how we use might waste plastic as a raw resource for making. She picks up on its intrinsic colour, texture and form by using only hand tools to cut, file and scratch its surfaces. The waste dust she creates is, in turn, mixed with binders and used to create new composite materials; very little is thrown away. This slow and very considered approach is inspired by the natural processes of wear and weathering and her shapes resemble those found on a beach (much of the plastic she uses is washed up on the welsh coast).
Trained as a jeweller and silversmith, she juxtaposes waste with recycled silver and, in so doing, seeks to challenge our perceptions of ‘preciousness’ and to reappraise plastic as a valuable, rather than a throwaway, materialBronwen trained originally in jewellery at Sir John Cass (City & Guilds), in Silversmithing at Camberwell School of Art (BA) and more recently in Textiles/Surface design at Bath Spa (MA with distinction).