Theresa Nguyen

'SPIRITUS' CENTREPIECE

2010

Britannia silver, fold-formed, hammered and soldered

The delicate design drawing for the centrepiece shows the artist thinking about the motif of unfurling leaves responding to the sun’s rays. The paper model translates the design into a 3D structure.

The radiating open structure and the surface treatment of each leaf is carefully highlighted by pockets of space. Each leaf is folded, hammer-textured and soldered into place as defined in the design drawing.

“As an artist silversmith, I simply love the creative process of designing and making an object for the first time. My desire is that a finished piece should feel like a beautifully-composed piece of music.”