Tom McDowell: making the world a less sombre place

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Meeting Tom McDowell at New Designers last July was a hoot. His new jewellery collection – based on children’s drawings – is so refreshingly different that we knew his colourful pieces would be a great addition to our exhibition at the Barbican this winter. 

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Tom believes that the act of wearing jewellery is too often a formal activity, and that it’s important for us to sometimes let go of the seriousness of being a grown-up. He works with children and through his jewellery seeks to share their fresh, fun outlook on life with adults. 

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In his jewellery Tom uses anodised aluminium, silver, and a variety of other media. This knobbly kneed giraffe, for instance, has patches of flocking, making it very tactile. The birds often incorporate real feathers. Each piece conveys a real sense of personality, and I’m sure each will become particularly treasured once in the hands of the right owner. 

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Beautifully designed and made, the silver rivets are often functional as well as decorative. Aluminium is an unforgiving material: not easy to work with, but Tom uses it in a way that maximises it’s strengths: it’s colourful, light in weight, and can be very graphic.This is jewellery that I think really will help to meet his aim of making the world a more smiley and enjoyable place. This little chicken brooch certainly works for me!

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You can see and buy Tom’s jewellery at the Designer Jewellers Group pop-up shop in the Barbican, London, from now until 23rd December 2010, and then again from 27th December – 5th January 2011.

 

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