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Romilly Saumarez Smith

Five Thimbles, Romilly Saumarez Smith. Photo: Lucinda Douglas Menzies

Romilly Saumarez Smith's career in making has spanned more than 40 years, first becoming an accomplished bookbinder before turning her attention to jewellery. She is fascinated by the stories contained in found objects, imagining the past lives of a Roman pin or medieval thimble before transforming them into beguiling works of art. Precious metals and other materials are sensitively worked and added to the finds, breathing new life into long-forgotten objects. Saumarez Smith is unable to use her own hands, so works alongside jewellers Lucie Gledhill, Laura Ngyou and Anna Wales to translate her pieces. Her jewellery has been the subject of exhibitions at the Yale Centre for British Art, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts and Ruthin Craft Centre.

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