June 21, 2017
Today we introduce a collection of photos and collages to celebrate the influences behind our latest collection of precise cufflinks and cuff bracelets - Coastlines. Volume One. - which has been inspired by the process of Attrition and from studying coastal erosion. Having spent a lot of time in Suffolk with Ed (and the family), taking long walks on the beach and exploring the formations of the countryside, Alice was drawn to the raw materials of the British coastline and the relentless force of its waters - grinding and chipping away at the rock beds as they progressively become smaller, smoother and rounder.
Alice wanted to recreate Attrition and see what would happen to our pieces if they underwent the same treatment - refining the power of nature through industrial bio-mimicry.
Barrelling is the surface operation that Alice experimented with, seeing raw materials tumbled in a rotating barrel, creating friction as they collided with each other, as well as selected media and compounds. Usually in industry, barrelling is used for rounding corners, deburring, grinding, descaling, deflashing, burnishing, polishing and radiusing parts. To barrel our pieces, we began by using British Suffolk coastal beach pebbles and saline solution, keeping the location of our initial research and the warmth of family weekends by the sea at the centre of the collection. We then bio mimicked this effect with the appropriate industrial medium, know as a ceramic angle cut tristar, to produce the clean and honest, matte mottled surface finish that you see today.
We hope you enjoy this series of visual inspirations and the opportunity to follow our process from the beach right the way through to a finished collection. Be sure to follow us on Instagram here for more details and photos along the way.