I'm fascinated by the sentimental value we attach to leaflets, train tickets and maps. My work plays with the notion of a contemporary keepsake.
French jewellery designer-maker Clara Breen works with precious metals and gems, combined with fragments of leaflets, train tickets, maps or coloured card. She is fascinated by the sentimental value we attach to these apparently worthless items. Her work plays with the notion of a contemporary keepsake.
Clara's paper and silver ring was recently featured on BBC Radio 4's 'Woman's Hour', where her client discussed the commissioning process.
Clara’s main focus is to create beautifully crafted pieces, which are at once precious, uncompromisingly modern and evocative. The layering effect achieved with paper recalls geological strata, and inspires a precious range in gold and corrugated silver with gems.