Ros Millar

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Unusually, I’d heard of and seen Ros Millar’s jewellery before I saw it at New Designers last July. Exhibiting in the ‘one year on’ section, Ros has done such a brilliant job with getting her work out there that it’s hard to believe she only graduated in 2009.  

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Ros’s trademark is stacks of organically inspired gold and oxidised silver rings, which she makes in her studio in London.

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This jewellery has a very contemporary feel to it. A glimspe into Ros’ sketch book shows a cluster of teeth cast in silver, giving a hint of the origins of this bold, assertive work. I’d love to see her graduation collection and see how her work has developed, because I hadn’t spotted the toothy link in the jewellery I’ve seen. This work is already really mature and considered. 

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It’s interesting that Ros uses the process cuttlefish casting in her jewellery. This really ancient technique gives more than just texture to her jewellery: there’s definitely a hint of the sea in there. The knobblyness suggests barnacles clinging to and growing out of the rings. And is it just me that sees a shoal of swimming creatures in the image above, and waving fronds of some sort of seaweed or some sea creature in the image below?

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Work of this quality does no go unrecognised, and Ros already has a string of shows and awards under her belt. The image of her in her workshop above (by Nick Hand) was taken when she was a finalist for the Balvenie Young Master of Craft Awards, and her blogfacebook page, and website bristle with well deserved achievements.

 

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I’m delighted that Ros is exhibiting with us in the DJG pop-up shop in the Barbican this winter. Open till 8pm every evening till 6th January (except 24th, 25th & 26th December), this is a great opportunity to see her work and stock up on those late Christmas presents! 

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