The word 'polymorphic' and its action noun 'polymorphism' are Greek meaning; 'has many forms'.
It is a 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 resulting 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 trained as a professional ballet dancer). Which led to the idea of capturing the essence of the 'Rose Adagio' from 'Sleeping Beauty' in jewellery.
The form of the pendant takes elements of a single stem rose and the lines from movements a ballerina creates at various points through the Rose Adagio. I used to do ballet myself so spent a lot of time studying the technicalities of each of the moments to capture the grace. 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 requires a huge amount of technical ability, skill and strength. The same is true for my jewellery design style (minus the physical strength as mouse button clicking isn’t exactly strenuous!)
Designing this piece really opened up a whole new way of looking at jewellery design for me. Every piece I have designed since has followed the 'Aurora' blueprint.
Currently I interpret 'polymorphism' in two different ways. The differences are subtle yet distinct.
The first is - multiple forms represented by a single form, for example, my Confetti (see top of the page) pieces. Which are a polymorph of a rose petal, a raindrop and a heart.
The second is - multiple influences that inform a single form as with my Camille (see above) and Kanji (see below) pieces.
Kanji is my most complex polymorph to date as it combines so many different elements in its design. Its primary form is an array of cherry blossom branches, but if the layers of the design are explored further you will find that I have taken elements of the Kanji (Japanese script) characters to create the layout of the branches. Going even further into the inspiration you will learn that the curves and profile of the branches have been influenced by the legendary sword of the Samurai warrior - the Katana. The final layer of the design incorporates the movement, discipline and flow of the Katana swords drills alongside that of the traditional ink and ink paintings of kanji characters.