Sandra Austin

Sandra grew up in Porthleven, a small fishing village in the South West of Cornwall. and now lives in the beautiful creekside village of Devoran, four miles south of Truro. Her signature style and her aesthetic approach to her work has become easily recognised building a reputation for high quality, tactile and wearable pieces of jewellery.

Sandra’s surroundings and it’s natural beauty are the main inspiration to her work. Aesthetics are carefully considered by the forms, shapes, moods and colour changes reflected in the sand and sea. “To me, a sense of place is vital, so where family roots are firmly set and with the outstanding stretch of over 300 miles of coastline, Cornwall has so much to offer”.

Photography is fundamental to Sandra’s design development helping her to study line and shape in more detail. She then sketches from the images, establishing the concept of the design. Often the drawings are then further developed by model making allowing for modification of design alternatives, proportion and textural detail before translating to metal. Sandra’s preferred ways of working are forming, raising and forging the metal.

Handmade chains with asymmetric designs run throughout her collections. Each link is cut and individually soldered. They are then shaped, formed and suspended into fascinating long lengths expressing fluid movement of shape and light with sculptural, linear qualities. Sandra works with golds and silver incorporating hand set opals, precious and semi precious gemstones.

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