Sil­ver lin­ing to child­hood


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GROW­ING up around the smell of grease and metal in her fa­ther’s work­shop was a rite of pas­sage for fourth- gen­er­a­tion jew­eller Bethamy Lin­ton.

The Gidge­gan­nup sil­ver­smith spent hours in the Lin­ton fam­ily work­shops and sought an ap­pren­tice­ship in fine jew­ellery when she was 16.

“I re­mem­ber rum­mag­ing around in my fa­ther’s work­shop and find­ing bits of sil­ver and fig­urines when I was very young,” she said.

Lin­ton’s fa­ther John ex­tended the cut­lery lines made by her grand­fa­ther Jamie, who took over in the 1930s from her great­grand­fa­ther James Wal­ter Robert Lin­ton, an in­flu­en­tial Bri­tish painter and teacher who es­tab­lished the first fam­ily work­shop in 1908 and founded the WA Lin­ton School of Art.

JWR Lin­ton lived in Park­erville un­til 1947 and his con­tri­bu­tion to the arts in the early 20th cen­tury ex­tended to a cu­ra­to­rial post with the Art Gallery of WA.

Lin­ton sil­ver­ware has been ac­quired for the col­lec­tions of the Bri­tish and Dan­ish Royal fam­i­lies, the Aus­tralian Na­tional Gallery and sev­eral state gal­leries.

With artis­tic lin­eage also on her mother’s side ( sculp­tor- artist Lina Lin­ton), Lin­ton said choos­ing a cre­ative path­way was the nat­u­ral choice.

She lives with her part­ner and two- yearold son on a hobby farm of chooks and sheep and works out of a small shed, where she draws in­spi­ra­tion from the ru­ral sur­round­ings.

“We moved here about four years ago and it has been lovely to find this kind of com­mu­nity,” she said.

As a col­lec­tor of ‘ things’, Lin­ton said her small stu­dio was over­flow­ing with an eclec­tic mix of the tools and ma­te­ri­als of her trade.

Mun­dar­ing Art Gallery and Tay­lors Art and Cof­fee House in Mid­dle Swan ex­hibit her col­lec­tions and be­spoke pieces are avail­able at As­pects of Kings Park.

Hand­made cre­ations to adorn the body and ta­ble fea­ture items made in ti­ta­nium – her metal of choice – se­lected for its strength and re­flec­tive colour.

En­gage­ment and wedding jew­ellery is a com­mis­sion sta­ple for any jew­eller and she shares the fam­ily pas­sion for be­spoke table­ware.

Lin­ton said sur­vival as an artist re­quired adapt­abil­ity, a skill she teaches at North Metro Tafe where she guides her jew­ellery stu­dents in the art of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

“So­cial me­dia has changed ev­ery­thing,” she said.

P ic­ture: David Baylis

Jew­eller Bethamy Lin­ton in her stu­dio shed in Gidge­gan­nup. Her work will fea­ture at Mar­garet River Gallery from De­cem­ber 10 to Jan­uary 7. d462997

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