Josephine Gomersall

About Josephine Gomersall

Josephine’s distinctive style of silversmithing coveys her fascination with botanical specimens from the natural landscape. She creates fine jewellery and sculptures inspired by British wildflowers and familiar plants, exploring notions of transience and connectedness to nature. Josephine captures the essence of ephemeral forms depicting them in lustrous precious metal. Her ‘still-life’ botanical pieces are elegant, evocative and everlasting, describing fleeting moments, they are intended as a celebration of the beauty of the natural world. Josephine was previously a textile designer before gaining a masters degree in jewellery and metalwork and establishing herself as a designer maker working in metal.

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Josephine often studies the plants through closer observation, making drawings and pressings of natural botanical specimens to inform her of their construction, qualities and separate elements before using precious metal sheet and gauges of wire as her materials to create her pieces. Each individual component is cut by hand with a piercing saw and formed using traditional tools and techniques. Textures and surface patterns are applied to the metal using metal punches and hammers and chasing and repousse tools. Each unique piece is finished by hand with a soft, satin finish and made to heirloom quality to last a lifetime.

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All Goldsmiths’ Fair exhibitors welcome commissions. Don’t hesitate to contact this maker and start a conversation about commissioning a piece, unique to you. Examples of commissioning include transforming or combining old jewellery into new pieces, incorporating stones into new settings, or simply working together to create a bespoke piece in the style of this maker.

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