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.

Originally from Western Canada, Lydia Buxton moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia to attend NSCAD University.

Delighting in colour and texture, Lydia makes it her personal goal to create fresh work that encapsulates both. Initially interested in graphic design, she found her home in the jewellery studios where she could create three-dimensional compositions with her hands - not a mouse.

Lydia will graduate in 2013 and hopes continue creating jewellery and artwork that provides visual refreshment.