Machteld De Waard
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My name is Machi and I'm a jeweller. I make modernist pieces in silver and gold, sometimes using gemstones.I was Jeweller in Residence at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell from January 2010 to December 2011. I teach jewellery at Studio E174 in High Wycombe and in Chesham for Buckinghamshire Adult Learning.

I'm a big fan of abstract expressionism and minimalism, so work by artists like Robert Rauschenberg and Yves Klein inspire me. Closer to home, though, my whole family is artistic so I can also see creativity in my sister's knitting or my mom's painting or my grandmother's tapestries...the list is endless. I love how you can give the same material to a hundred people to make something and they will all comeup with something totally different.

My signature collections are the gold ball collections. These collections are influenced by the simplicity of forms of early modern art, with fundamental shapes placed in subtle relationships with one another. The gold sphere provides a sense of tension or playfulness by balancing on the curve or peeking out from behind the silver.

Exhibitions

You can find my work at these galleries:

New Ashgate Gallery
Wagon Yard, Farnham, Surrey , GU9 7PS, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)1252 713208
www.newashgate.org.uk

Adore Contemporary Boutique
31 Church Street, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3EQ
www.adorecontemporaryboutique.com

Kunsthuis Gallery
Mill green farm
Crayke
YO61 4TT
North Yorkshire
kunsthuisgallery.com

and online at:
http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/partners/machidewaardjewellery/products

Biography

My name is Machi and I'm a jeweller. I make modernist pieces in silver and gold, sometimes using gemstones. I make my jewellery at my own studio and also at Contemporary Jewellery & Silversmithing Workshop Studio E174 in High Wycombe. From January 2010 to December 2011, I was Jeweller in Residence at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell.

I'm a big fan of abstract expressionism and minimalism, so work by artists like Robert Rauschenberg and Yves Klein inspire me. I also find inspiration from the shapes and clean lines in the work of sculptors Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Jean Arp and Constantin Brancusi. Closer to home, though, my whole family is artistic so I can also see creativity in my sister's knitting or my mom's painting or my grandmother's tapestries. I love how you can give the same material to a hundred people to make something and they will all come up with something totally different.

My signature style rotates around simple shapes such as circles, spheres and ovals. I like the perfection and simplicity of a circle. A circle is a minimal shape - it encloses the maximum amount of space with the minimum circumference - which makes it a very neat, efficient shape. In my designs, the gold (or sometimes silver) sphere provides a sense of tension or playfulness by balancing on the curve or peeking out from behind the silver.

More Images

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Three upright gold ball rings by Machi de Waard
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two teardrop shape gold ball rings by Machi de Waard
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Gold ball dent brooch by Machi de Waard