Jessica Sherriff creates a unique range of contemporary acrylic jewellery.
Inspired by the colours and views of her beautiful surroundings, Jessica uses her own photographic images of Yorkshire, from the overall landscape to close up trees and flowers, and displays them within the jewellery using a unique printing technique. Because each piece is individually printed by Jessica this ensures no two items are identical.
Jessica uses the acrylic in a variety of thickness, and combines matt and shiny surfaces to create an unusual distorted, but intriguing effect to the images.
This technique allows her to create both bold and subtle colour waves and designs. She enjoys exploring the possibilities of acrylic and her enthusiasm grows the more she experiments.
Jessica’s fascination in using an unusual material to make jewellery, started at University. She achieved a BA 1st Class Honours degree in Jewellery, at Middlesex University, North London. The course encouraged its students to experiment with a wide range of media and Jessica found acrylic a very versatile and satisfying material to work with. Through experimentation she managed to handprint images onto the acrylic which opened up lots of possibilities. She was always very interested in playing with repeat patterns and different thickness and that continues in her work today.
The inspiration for using images of nature also started whilst Jessica was at University. Jessica found settling into London life a bit of a struggle and sought comfort in taking photographs of scenery back in Yorkshire. More recently Jessica has been taking more photographs of manmade structures from trips to various cities, not living in a city now makes her see a different beauty in these things and these too will soon feature in her work.
In September 2010 Jessica was thrilled to have won the IJL Editors Choice Award for Technical Excellence, “It has helped boost my work and help people see that materials such as acrylic are valued in the jewellery world.”