Designer Spotlight: Ruth Tomlinson

March 17th, 2015 § 0 comments

Ruth at work in her studio

Ruth at work in her studio

Hometown? Morecambe, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Current city? East London (living). Studio is in Central London.

At Paris Fashion Week

At Paris Fashion Week

How did your jewelry line come about? Being brought up in a creative family I was always encouraged to make. My first jewellery line started when I was aged 14; I used to sell to local shops and do fairs around Lancashire and Cumbria in the North West of England. The current lines we developed as an evolution of my work from the Royal College of Art (2003-05) which were inspired by found treasures and the mysteries of discovered jewels from a bygone era.

Was there a first piece of jewelry that made you want to design your own? Probably a piece from the ‘Fimo’ (modeling clay) instructions booklet! Then, later, maybe a piece from a slightly more sophisticated designer and craftsman – Lalique.

A stack of diamond and gold rings

A stack of diamond and gold rings

Describe your creative process: I absorb the inspirational world around me, process it, sketch it , photograph it. All these thoughts and ideas are then channelled into the form of jewellery. My work often develops on the bench; whilst making I feel very in-tune with the materials I work with and this helps with the design development.

Porcelain flowers

Porcelain flowers

Who is your favorite jewelry designer? Probably some unknown craftsman from the 17th century who created jewels for our sovereignty.

Do you have a favorite piece from your personal collection? (Can be of your design or not) It has to be the Lustre natural diamonds cluster ring, the very first one I made.

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Who is your most consistent inspiration? Mother nature.

Ruth's black porcelain and silver drop earrings

Ruth’s black porcelain and silver drop earrings

Check out more of Ruth’s work here.

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