The word 'polymorphic' and it's action noun 'polymorphism' are Greek meaning; 'has many forms'.
It is the name I have given the design style that I have evolved over many years while I have explored my various inspirations. Essentially it involves simplifying several forms that inspire me and creating one distilled form that is the resolution. Ironically in order to do this and make something look truly simple often requires a great deal of complexity.
My first piece of polymorphic jewellery was my 'Aurora' pendant. Which I designed for my mother's 60th birthday.
I wanted to create a ballet and rose inspired piece in reference to my mother's love of roses (and our surname) and ballet (she is a retired ballerina). Which led to the idea of capturing the essence of the 'Rose Adagio' from 'Sleeping Beauty' in jewellery.
The form of my pendant takes elements of a single stem rose and the lines from some of the movements the character Aurora (the prima ballerina) creates at various points through the Rose Adagio. I used to dance ballet quite seriously myself so spent a lot of time studying the technicalities of each of the moments in the choreography to ensure I captured the grace and elegance of this difficult passage of the ballet. While designing this pendant I came to realise that there are many parallels with my design style and ballet, as in order for a ballet dancer to make the steps and movements look truly graceful, fluid and effortless it requires a huge amount of technical ability, skill and strength. The same is true for my design style, minus the physical strength as mouse button clicking isn’t exactly strenuous!
Designing this piece opened up a whole new way of looking at jewellery design for me. Every piece I have designed since has followed the 'Aurora' blueprint in one way or another.
Continue reading to find out all the different form which have influenced my designs and informed my polymorphs
Kanji is my most complicated polymorph yet.
Primary form : Cherry blossom branch, Secondary form : Chinese kanji script for cherry blossom, Tertiary form : Katana sword profile, Quaternary form : Sword drills and Qiunary form : Enso philosophy
Overarching concept : an homage to Japanese and Samurai culture.
The shape of the cherry blossom is drawn from elements of the kanji script