AMERICAN designer Miriam Rowe is one of 15 students to display their masters work in the School of Jewellery’s Postgraduate Show 2010.
Miriam, originally from Georgia has recently moved to Solihull with her fiance after living in Edgbaston while doing her MA in jewellery/silversmithing and related production.
The show runs in Vittoria Street, in the Jewellery Quarter, until September 22 and is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm, and admission is free.
The 23-year-old said: “We started last September and it’s been a whirlwind.
“Being from the USA, we’ve got such a young country, and being here where everything is old and historic is inspiring.
“I spend a ton of time going to musuems. I photograph items there and use the photos in my pieces.
“This is a very inspiring country.”
In her artist’s statement Miriam wrote: “I am interested in the dialogue created when recognisable forms from the history of European fashion and the decorative arts are combined, changed, and reinterpreted in a modern material.
“For this project I chose to focus on material research and development, exploring plaster as a primary material in jewellery.
“The plaster I use has been chemically changed with modern products to create an altered material that is waterproof and suited for use in jewellery production.
“The images and forms I use come directly from my photos and drawings, based on objects seen on visits to museums and stately homes.
“My interest in the forms, patterns, and images from the rich history of European design inspires this collection of contemporary jewellery.”