One of my favorite designers, Sophie Hughes, has a new collection called 'Ledge.' I really love the pieces and the story behind it, so I had to share. If you are ever in Boston, you must visit her store, Ore. Read about the collection and see my favorite designs below!
Ledge /’lej/ n: A narrow, projecting surface. Syn: ridge, rim, edge.
The Ledge is a convergence point; the thin line, a delicate balance between dueling facets. An intersection of extremes: of roughness and refinement, of grace and grit, of assertion and reservation, of our past and what’s to come. A risk, at the edge of..
"I've always loved the challenge of working to strike a visual balance in my designs, and these pieces follow suit. I was also thinking of a ledge as a stepping-off point or crossroads. It could be so many things. A point of decision - choice, chance, change - what’s next?"
"I went up to my family's house in Maine last summer for a week with my fiancé. I packed tons of jewelry tools, tons of jewelry books to look through, and sketchbooks - ready to get inspired! I wanted to create the new collection over this free week. And it just didn't come together. I had a major creative block, and the pieces I was trying to work out in wax were just a mess. I was so disappointed. On my last day, I was on the rocky beach across from the house, and suddenly all these cool, jagged rock forms were grabbing my attention. I gathered up my skirt and started collecting the most interesting ones. I still wasn't relating this back to jewelry, even as I brought the rocks home with me and laid them out on a table. There were a lot. I looked at them there for months, rearranging them, and revisiting their forms every few days, reflectively over coffee in the morning. At some point it was crunch time to create the new collection, and finally the lightbulb went off and I was like - the rocks! I worked with wax to capture their textures, had the waxes molded and cast, reworked the designs in metal, remolded and recast, and then finally did the fabrication metalwork of the connections, chains and details."
The result is both rough and refined. The pieces are perfect to wear daily.