We are excited to introduce the launch of our new accessories collection and collaboration, the Alice Made This X Jessica Rose Bird collection. A precise collection of cufflinks, lapel pins and brooches are each decorated in collaboration with Scottish artist and illustrator Jessica Rose Bird.
Inspired by British flowers, the collection features a Thistle, a Rose, a Freesia and a Poppy. The beautiful art works are precision engraved into the surface of each piece. A graphic silver series and a colourful gold series form the full collection.
“I was really excited to be working with Jess. Her beautifully expressive style is truly unique. This latest collection of cufflinks and pins are designed to be pared back and to act like a canvas to Jess’s work.
We both talked of flowers and how they meant so much to so many. For me the flowers are perfect. They have a femininity that is in their nature but translate perfectly to our signature engineered aesthetic. We asked Jess to choose four British flowers to reflect her and our collaboration. The four flowers soften the precision jewellery creating symbolic pieces of jewellery to decorate yourselves with, whether casually or more formally.”
The pieces can be worn and celebrated on a denim jacket as a miniature piece of art as much as on your lapel to replace a buttonhole at your wedding
Each piece is precision turned and milled in our aerospace factory in Hertford, UK. The colourful gold series uses our ancient patina technique to give a complex, unique and representative colour, before the designs are each engraved and marked with a Jess Bird signature. For this series, we begin preparing our pieces by sand blasting or cleaning them with a fine abrasive ready to be patinated.
The patinas are a true combination of art and science, adding propane heat to recipes containing silver nitrate, titanium oxide, ferric nitrate, potassium sulphide and copper nitrate to achieve a full colour representation that is visually complex and featured a beautifully durable surface finish.
The patina finish is the result of hand layering and mixing the chemicals before oxidising them in the immediate atmosphere. The drawings of the British flowers are precision engraved onto the pieces before being sealed with micro-crystalline and carnauba wax to preserve the complex face and retain the bright engraved artwork on each piece.
Jess said of the collaboration: “I wanted to create pieces that were personal to me but also resonate with many others and therefore chose flowers based on their symbolic meanings.”
“The poppy symbolic of peace (I was born on Armistice day), the rose (my middle name) symbolic of love and the thistle, perhaps holding the most meaning symbolically for me as a Scot - protection, pride, bravery and courage in reference to surviving where others won’t and weathering hard times. With Alice and our collaboration in mind, I chose the Freesia as my fourth flower as it symbolises friendship, partnership and trust.”