Rosie Elwood: Notes from a Breath
“For Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, I propose to create pieces of contemporary jewellery. Inspired by wind instruments and breathing apparatus, the jewellery items can be used to create sound by the wearer. Through the act of blowing, as with a bagpipe, the wearer can create their own music whilst celebrating their breath. The bagpipe is an instrument that requires skilful mastery and audibly, is instantly recognisable. I have always enjoyed the visual idea they often present of a lung expanding and compressing. Music and the ability to play an instrument, often brings people together. There is shared joy in the creation of sound and the response to it. The presence of sound can move a person to tears, dance, feelings of exhilaration and solidarity with one another. In combination with our current Covid-19 climate, in which the lungs are especially affected, breath has become precious. In creating jewellery items, it allows the untrained in musical matters to participate without fear of sounding wrong. Sounds created by the wearer are unique to the jewellery.
The sketches provided aim to give a sense of the potential shapes and elements the jewellery pieces may contain. If realised, the jewellery would be made out of a mixture of wood, metal and responsibly sourced plastic. The combination of materials allows for a varied sensory experience for the wearer. As well as providing a broader scope of potential colours to decorate the jewellery.”
– Rosie Elwood
Rosie Elwood, graduated from Ulster University, Belfast in 2019 with a 1st class honours BA in Ceramics, Jewellery and Silversmithing. Her work is concerned with capturing and exploring drawings, narrative and questions in mixed materials.
“My work holds snippets of stories, which imagine a discourse between past, present and future. Inviting the audience to consider questions surrounding identity, value and reality. I work across disciplines with a particular interest in exploring how objects and humans interact.”