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Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.

-Antonio Machado

This body of work is inspired by the small landscapes found within the forms of the Osmia Avosetta - a species of bee that crafts small nests by layering select petals between mud. These forms were buried underground after their construction was complete, housing a single larvae, that was created by a single bee. Over a period of several months these constructs provided protection, until the larvae was fully developed.

Initially it was the visual beauty of these forms that inspired this work, however concepts of labour and decay also became sources of inspiration.

The resulting jewellery pieces are explorations of the outside texture, color and shape of these natural forms. The contrast of fluid folds, against sharp lines of metal, peppered with bright hits of colour - these are my interpretations.

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Convey [sculptural ring] by BuxtonL



Convey [sculptural ring]
sterling silver, silk, plastic, varnish
2012
h7 x w5 x d2 cm
Lydia Buxton

Convey [sculptural ring] by BuxtonL



Convey [sculptural ring]
sterling silver, silk, plastic, varnish
2012
h7 x w5 x d2 cm

Avosetta Tea Vessel by BuxtonL



Avosetta Tea Vessel
silver-plated copper, black pearl, adhesive
2012
h14 x w12 x d9 cm
Lydia Buxton

Avosetta Tea Vessel [detail] by BuxtonL



Avosetta Tea Vessel [detail]
silver-plated copper, black pearl, adhesive
2012
h14 x w12 x d9 cm
Lydia Buxton

Represent [bangle] by BuxtonL



Represent [bangle]
Sterling silver, ribbon
2012
h11 x w15 x d3.5 cm
Lydia Buxton

Represent [bangle detail] by BuxtonL



Represent [bangle detail]
sterling silver, ribbon
2012
h11 x w15 x d3.5 cm
Lydia Buxton

Swathed [neckpiece]  by BuxtonL



Swathed [neckpiece]
linen threads, keraflex porecelain, sterling silver, prenite beads, lewisonite beads
2011
h40 x w20 x d2 cm
Lydia Buxton

Balanced [neckpiece] by BuxtonL



Balanced [neckpiece]
sterling silver, nylon coated beading wire, resin, glass beads
2011
h41 x w5 x d3 cm
Lydia Buxton

Balanced [neckpiece detail] by BuxtonL



Balanced [neckpiece detail]
sterling silver, nylon coated beading wire, resin, glass beads
2011
h41 x w5 x d3 cm
Lydia Buxton

Intersected [neckpiece] by BuxtonL



Intersected [neckpiece]
sterling silver, red coral, rose quartz, silk thread
2012
h38 x w10.5 x d1.75 cm
Lydia Buxton

Exposed [neckpiece]  by BuxtonL



Exposed [neckpiece]
sterling silver, beads, silk thread, epoxy
2012
h42 x w9 x d1.25 cm
Lydia Buxton

Exposed [neckpiece detail]  by BuxtonL



Exposed [neckpiece detail]
sterling silver, beads, silk thread, epoxy
2012
h42 x w9 x d1.25 cm
Lydia Buxton

Suspended [earrings] by BuxtonL



Suspended [earrings]
sterling silver, porcelain
2011
h5 x w3 x d2cm
Lydia Buxton

Protected [pin] by BuxtonL



Protected [pin]
sterling silver, copper, enamel, steel
2012
h6 x d8 x 3.5 cm

Sliced [brooch] by BuxtonL



Sliced [brooch]
sterling silver, leather, steel, adhesive
2011
h8.5 x w4.5 x d1.25 cm

Stitched [brooch] by BuxtonL



Stitched [brooch]
sterling silver, ribbon, steel
2011
h6.5 x w6.5 x d2.5 cm
Lydia Buxton