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Lisa Le Brocq
I was born in Jersey, Channel Islands and came to England to study Jewellery Design in 1994.
I began by attending a National Diploma course in Maidenhead for two years, where I learnt many traditional Jewellery making techniques. I developed a particular affinity for hand formed work and tool making and experimenting with metal surface textures. I spent a further three years at Plymouth College of Art and Design, on a degree course, developing my design ideas alongside perfecting my passion for techniques such as rolled textures, acid-etching and Repousse.
Currently I am sharing a special residential workshop, equipped fo Jewellers and Silversmiths, called 'Bishopsland Workshops' in the heart of the countryside of South Oxfordshire. I have been recently accepted for a Princes Trust Loan to help set everything up as a small successful business.
I am continuously designing new Jewellery collections and experimenting with new inventive ways to texture the surface of the metal to create another decorative dimension to my designs.
Today my Jewellery Designs are inspired by photographs that I take of Modern Art and Architecture, Natural Forms and Textures, featuring strong contrasts between soft, rounded, organic forms and hard, rectangular lines.
To create these effects I use acid-etched texturing , various polishing techniques and combine different materials, like silver, gold, stainless steel wire and rubber, for contrast, colour and durability.
My work is currently on display and for sale in galleries and outlets in Brighton, Wales, Dorset, Bristol, Reading, London, San Francisco and back at home in Jersey.
Licentiateship of the Society of Designer Craftsmen 1
The Association of Contemporary Jewellers I
British Society of Graduate Artists and Designers I.
Jan 2001 Distinction awarded by the Society of Designer