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Elspeth May

I drew inspiration from seed pods and their forms, incorporating their details into a design that sees different surface textures and metal finishes combined to create a visual and tactile juxtaposition. I use silversmithing techniques of raising and hammering to forge sheet metal into a three dimensional vessel and add details to certain areas. I chose to finish the metal with a coat of liver of sulphur solution which blackens the copper, and then polish it back to allow the natural tones to shine through towards the top of the vessel, acting as highlights. The copper hues compliment the colours found on seed pods and the dried plants amongst the exhibition arrangement. My final display of ‘Pods’ is a contemporary take on the Japanese Ikebana arrangements, this method of arranging plays into the minimalist aesthetic and allows the textured details and forms to stand out.