I’ve been working on a series of oak leaf jewellery in copper for the past few days. The reason? We’ve just enjoyed a spell of unseasonably warm and sunny weather (although it rained all day yesterday), so we’ve been doing a lot of walking, and there are drifts of fallen leaves everywhere. They are mainly oak and beech, with a few other species, and I can’t help but pick some up and bring them home with me, especially the oak leaves. There is something very pleasing about their curvy contours, and I love the way they vary so much in their size, shape and colour.
Having brought them home and pressed them in our copy of A History of the World in 100 Objects (a usefully chunky volume), it seems only reasonable to use them as the inspiration for my designs. Below are the three pieces that I have finished so far, but there will be more to follow. These are all oxidised copper, but I’m planning to make some in silver too. All of them are based on oak leaves gathered on our walks, and like the real thing, each one is unique. As usual, you can find them all in my shop on Etsy.