Clara Breen works with precious metals and gems, combined with fragments of leaflets, train tickets, maps or colourful paper. Clara's work plays with the notion of a contemporary keepsake. As featured on Radio 4 Woman's Hour.
French jewellery designer-maker Clara Breen works with precious metals and gems, combined with fragments of leaflets, train tickets, maps or colourful paper. Clara's work plays with the notion of a contemporary keepsake.
Her paper and fine silver ring was recently featured on BBC Radio 4 ‘Woman’s Hour’, where her client discussed the commissioning process, and the memories contained in the paper layers sealed inside the ring.
From her studio in Cockpit Arts in London, Clara’s main focus is to create beautifully crafted pieces, they are at once precious, uncompromisingly modern and evocative. Geological strata -like patterns in paper inspire a precious range in gold and corrugated silver with gems.
In the past Clara worked with the gift shop in Tate Modern, where she created specially-commissioned pieces containing recycled Tate maps and leaflets.
Photos by Juliet Sheath,
Red Paper brooch
Red Paper and oxidised silver brooch
Red paper earrings
Red paper earrings with oxidised silver and garnets.
Paper and silver rings
Rings, with colourful and reclaimed significant paper inside, and blue topaz
Long 'Cloud' necklace
Double 'Cloud' necklace, 18ct vermeil and oxidised silver, yellow sapphire
18ct vermeil and oxidised silver