Lorraine’s process begins with the observation of form and colour, usually taken from our natural surroundings. It could begin with anything from the tiniest section of a plant, to the expansive view of a landscape. No matter the point of interest, Lorraine’s imagination will see the patterns that make up our world and her jewellery.
Her canvas is the anodized aluminium sheet, which has a micro-porous surface; her palette is mixed using proprietary inks and dyes, specifically formulated for use with aluminium.
Lorraine uses a variety of printing methods to ensure her designs are true to her original visions. Over the years, experimentation has led her from the simplistic block prints, to a combination of both abstract and figurative etched lino prints and more recently, sharp and precise digitally imaged screen prints.
When sufficient depth has been created, the sheet is sealed and cleaned, revealing a smooth surface impregnated with pigment.
The metal can now be cut, textured, folded and formed using pressing and forging techniques. The process of forming the piece from a 2d sheet into a 3d object and creating texture, changes the way the surface catches and reflects light, bringing the piece to life.
As the colours and shapes emerge, they often suggest other materials such as stones, beads, precious metals and fabrics, which all combine well with aluminium. The individual pieces are joined using cold connections, such as rivets, rings, slots and wires, all of which contribute to the finished one of kind design.
‘The art of the jeweller is essentially decorative, although I think each piece is invested with personal meaning when it passes into the hand of its’ new owner. I strive to make my work recognisably individual and handcrafted. The distillation of inspiration through design processes, to fabrication, results in a piece of wearable art’ — Lorraine Gibby
Lorraine is a natural born hands-on creative, who even as a child would spend her pocket money on coloured candles that she could carve into tiny figures.
In 1996, Lorraine decided to enrole herself in evening classes for Woodwork and Silversmithing. Woodwork only lasted one term, but Silversmithing quickly became an obsession and it wasn’t long before she had her own workshop at the bottom of her family garden.
Over the next 5 years she managed to balance looking after her 3 children, with her need to create, and gained qualifications in Silversmithing, Jewellery Design, Jewellery Fabrication and Printmaking.
Since then Lorraine has taken a number of steps to help her become the Jeweller she is today. She has worked as a Technician to help progress her technical skills, gained a level 3 Teaching qualification, taken Master Classes in printmaking, enamelling and stone-setting and set up a full scale Jewellery Workshop at which she also exhibits, and teaches jewellery making.
Lorraine has progressed and grown since her early days of carving figures out of wax. Having developed her own way of working, particularly with colouring aluminium, through years of experimentation, has led to her work being featured in several specialist books. Her jewellery is displayed and sold across the country. She is also a member of the prestigious Sussex Guild, and with them, presents her work directly to the visiting public.