materials and techniques

Silver, anodised aluminium and a confection of found and altered objects are used to create Lindsey’s jewellery.  The challenges that mixed media present require an abstract approach to construction but lindsey harnesses this and makes no secret of assembly, ‘I prefer to leave rivets and screws on view making them an intrinsic part of the design’.

Anodised aluminium provides a perfect canvas for colour and pattern, somthing which has become somewhat of a trademark for Lindsey’s jewellery.  The anodised aluminium undergoes an electro-chemical treatment during which millions of microscopic pores are created on the surface of the metal.  When colour is applied to the  metal, through the use of particular liquid inks and dyes, it is easily absorbed into the pores.  Once colouring is complete the pigments are sealed into the pores, through exposure to steam, to create a permanent and durable material with which to make jewellery.

Much of Lindsey’s work is coloured using a combination of traditional and digital printmaking techniques mixedwith the use of resists and immersion dyes.  ‘ I make line drawings, collage and take photographs to develop my ideas and these are later transferred onto sheets of anodised aluminium to create a finished product’.  Continually evolving her approach to colouring, Lindsey allows the discoveries she makes along the way to feed into the development of new work.  In 2004 Lindsey pioneered the use of sublimation printing within the realm of jewellery, making the tranferal of original artwork onto the metal a possiblility.

Find out more about anodising and colouring aluminium in Lindsey’s book.

Coloured Aluminium Jewellery: design & make

By Lindsey Mann
Published by A& C Black Publishers Ltd, London

Priced £16.99
128 page paper back

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