Mor­ris’s spe­cial tiara is jewel in crown of mu­seum’s pieces

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SO many ob­jects in The Wil­son have sto­ries to tell, spark­ing our cu­rios­ity and mak­ing us want to find out more.

The Wil­son has a small se­lec­tion of jew­ellery on dis­play from its col­lec­tions, in­clud­ing this spec­tac­u­lar tiara.

It was com­mis­sioned by Chel­tenham Art Gallery & Mu­seum and fi­nanced by The Friends of the Art Gallery & Mu­seum to cel­e­brate the Queen’s Golden Ju­bilee in 2002.

The tiara is de­signed and made by Mal­colm Mor­ris, who trained at Birm­ing­ham School of Jew­ellery and went on to re­ceive com­mis­sions to de­sign pieces for fash­ion de­sign­ers’ cat­walks, in­clud­ing Willi Wear.

He de­signed and made the tiara worn by Gwyneth Pal­trow in Shake­speare in Love, and the Duchess of Glouces­ter and Joan Collins are past clients.

Mor­ris works in sil­ver and gold and has been mak­ing jew­ellery for more than 40 years.

He is par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in nat­u­ral forms.

For this piece, he took his in­spi­ra­tion from the Arts & Crafts Move­ment col­lec­tion at The Wil­son and their in­ter­est in na­ture as a source of in­spi­ra­tion.

It is made from yel­low and green sap­phires, pale yel­low and crys­tal beryl, di­a­monds and pearls set in 18 carat gold and is sparkling in the 19th Cen­tury Gallery at The Wil­son for all to see.

Con­tin­u­ing with the jew­ellery theme, The Wil­son is de­lighted to be host­ing the amaz­ing, play­ful and colour­ful work of Tatty Devine in the exhibition Mis­shapes: The Mak­ing of Tatty Devine.

It’s the first to cel­e­brate their work and we are the first re­gional venue on a Uk-wide tour.

Tatty Devine’s state­ment jew­ellery tells sto­ries and gen­er­ates con­ver­sa­tion.

This new Crafts Coun­cil exhibition con­sid­ers the power of cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tive Bri­tish de­sign and mak­ing, along­side the glamour and hu­mour that Tatty Devine are known for.

Tatty Devine was founded in 1999 by Har­riet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden af­ter they grad­u­ated from Chelsea Col­lege of Art, which is where they met.

They soon started trad­ing from a mar­ket stall in east Lon­don and de­vel­oped a sig­na­ture style that saw them lauded in Vogue and stocked in Har­vey Nichols and Whis­tles within the year.

They dis­cov­ered laser-cut acrylic on a trip to New York in 2001.

On their re­turn, they in­vested in a laser-cut­ting ma­chine, rarely used in jew­ellery at that time, which then gave them a creative free­dom to push the bound­aries, some­thing they con­tinue to do to this day.

The exhibition fea­tures more than 100 pieces from the Tatty Devine ar­chive, from the early leather cuffs and pi­ano belts to gi­ant two-me­tre ver­sions of their ‘great­est hits’, in­clud­ing a lob­ster and a huge par­rot mo­tif.

A se­lec­tion of Tatty Devine jew­ellery and the book ac­com­pa­ny­ing the exhibition are avail­able to pur­chase in The Wil­son shop on the ground floor of the gallery.

Tick­ets are avail­able at the venue or can be pur­chased in ad­vance on The Wil­son web­site.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 01242 387488 or email art­[email protected] chel­tenhamtrus­t.org.uk

The Mal­colm Mor­ris tiara

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