Inspired by feathers, wings and other natural forms, award winning designer, John Moore, is best known for his distinctive, colourful jewellery made from anodised aluminium. Read on to find out more about John and his vibrant jewellery.
(Image above Verto Necklace)
Describe your work in 3 words
Fluid – Engineered – Expressive
What Inspires you?
Natural forms – particularly those that display overlapping plates, like feathers/wings, fish scales and insects. Jewellery and artefacts from ancient Egypt and Amazonian tribes. Materials and process. Music.
What made you want to be a jewellery designer?
I sort of arrived at jewellery making during my final year at uni. I love working with my hands and for me jewellery encompasses a range of things that interest me. As a child I used to make puppets and small automatons. I also did a lot of dance and drama so there is a theatrical element in my work and movement is very important. My jewellery comes to life when worn in the same way a puppet or an automaton does when operated. I make jewellery essentially to explore and understand humanity. I am fascinated at how wearable objects affect our sense of identity and the way we feel. I recently realised a life long ambition to combine jewellery and dance in a short video piece which will be released in the New Year 2016.
If you weren’t a jewellery designer what do you think you would be?
I would make other kinds of art. Actually this is my plan, my jewellery will become part of a bigger portfolio of work. Otherwise I would love to be a dancer.
What’s the most exciting piece you have ever made?
Probably the Verto Necklace because it can transform into multiple different shapes. I have now made four variations on this design in different sizes.
What tool can you not live without?
That’s a hard one, there’s so many. Probably my flypress.
What do you listen to while you work?
BBC 6 Music, or my own music which is quite eclectic.
What’s your favourite piece on lovedazzle?
I love Gilly’s work and I think the Ombre Curved tug Bangle is a wonderful use of her trade mark elastic, plus I have a weakness for graduated colour.