From her workshop in Higherford Mill, Barrowford, Angie Da Silva (Silversmith and Jewellery Maker) indulges her passion of creating unique pieces of jewellery that fit well on the body, her simple philosophy towards her craft being to make beautiful, affordable pieces.
From as far back as she can remember, Angie has always made things or drawn things, and from a young age she would create unusual gifts using natural and recycled materials. Her first insight into jewellery making came when she was travelling with the Peace Convoy at 19 years old, a journey that took her to a festival where she was able to observe a man making beaded jewellery using just pliers, wires and beads. It was this that inspired her vision for her future.
Following the same simple techniques she had seen him applying, Angie began creating her own pieces, setting up a small business and studio in the early 1990’s. Her limitations in the field of jewellery making soon became prevalent though, leading her to embark on a National Diploma in Jewellery Design followed by a degree in SilverSmithing and Jewellery Making at The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design in London. Both of these courses furnished Angie with many practical skills, which she has continually built-on over the years.
Early inspirations for her work came from Celtic Jewellery, and many original pieces were designed using this as a starting point. She has also drawn inspiration from the works of Gustav Klimt and architect Antoni Gaudi; from the original ideas of Wendy Ramshaw and the printmaker Angie Lewin. Today she takes inspiration from everything she sees, especially natural objects that she finds in her allotment, a place that greatly fuels her work leading to pieces of jewellery that are organic in shape or surface design.
To create her one-of-a-kind statement pieces, Angie uses traditional hand tools and jewellery-making techniques. She especially enjoys soldering, stone setting, forging, and more recently casting. Silver is the preferred material for her designs, it being very malleable and beautiful when polished (or unpolished). She also uses copper, brass, bronze, resin and semi-precious stones to apply colour to her unique work.
The collection of Doll Face pieces featured here draw inspiration from various sources, Angie’s aim being to integrate magic memories into stunning pieces of jewellery whilst at the same time fulfilling her love of recycling. The initial dolls used in this collection once belonged to her daughters, making the early pieces extra special because of the sentimentality attached to them. The Deer Trod plaques also featured seemed a natural progression for this bespoke range, enabling Angie to combine her love of wood with the creative desire to make pieces that are not always worn on the body but can be placed on the wall of a house, or a campervan, or a cabin in the woodland somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
If you have a doll that you would love Angie to create a bespoke piece of jewellery with, email info@fuelledbyfemale for further details.