26 Jan Shelanu: Interlocking Stories
Latch earrings in part-gold
Working with jeweller Charlotte Valkeniers
Interlocking Stories celebrates the ethos of Shelanu; women coming together to learn new skills, collaborating and supporting each other in a safe space.
“Interlocking Stories marks a real change in Shelanu’s range of work. The new collection is striking with statement pieces that are very contemporary in design. Whilst still representing the philosophy of the collective and its social aim. We hope this range will enable us to keep growing the membership and reach of the collective.” . Emma Daker, Exhibitions and Projects Development Manager
About the range
Shelanu members were keen to develop a new, more contemporary range which would increase their design and making skills. Following research visits to Birmingham galleries and a facilitated design process, the members worked together to develop designs from ideas of balance, elements and connection. All themes were identified through conversation about work they had seen.
The imagery of the collection reflects the importance of balance in life, connection with other people and that everyone is made up of different facets and stories; much like the collective itself.
Shelanu members were supported through the design process and construction of the range by jeweller Charlotte Valkeniers,
“I guided the members without pushing them in a certain direction. This is very much their story, their project and their collection.” Charlotte Valkeniers, artist.
The project to create Interlocking Stories has been supported by the Saintbury Trust, George Fentham Trust and Birmingham Common Good Trust.