Beautiful minimal design from Sally Herbert of Herbert and Wilks - a beautifully lightweight stud earring formed from concentric organic shaped circles in satin finished sterling silver - part of the Abstract capsule earring range.
Meet Sally Herbert British-born Sally Herbert is a contemporary jewellery designer and maker. Outside of her day job in commerce, and having raised three boys, Sally is engaged in following her passions and has established a home studio after extended years of study, teaching workshops there. She lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand.
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My work draws on my love of simple geometric and organic forms with my jewellery designs taking on a more sculptural nature. Conceptually my designs draw on the past and amplify the beauty and freedom in natural imperfections, working primarily in silver with highlights of gold and brass.
From a creative family, my exposure to the world of making things by hand started at an early age. When I began studying I was first captivated by the sculptural properties of cast glass and the lost wax process, but rapidly fell in love with jewellery making and I consider the medium similar – only on a smaller scale.
My designs rarely start life as drawings; instead I adopt a process of modelling with various mediums – paper, wax, and metal. This process allows my work to move organically in new directions and capture a sense of fluidity and movement.
Lately, I have been focusing on the finished surface of the work. How the use of patterns, textures, and fabrics are captured by a material and the resulting change in the outward appearance of the surface.