The evocative objects and jewellery can be bought as keepsakes to celebrate parenthood and passed on through the generations in the way that silver rattles were used in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
I want to highlight the importance of the father whose role in the early weeks of a new baby’s life can be uncertain and confusing. The giant rattle jewellery was made to celebrate fatherhood. It is playful and references the vulnerability felt by new fathers. Both mothers and fathers need support in the early days and many of the models that were used to make the forms were originally flotation aids such as rubber rings and fishing floats.
The ceramic pendant jewellery takes inspiration from the Mexican Bola necklace. It rattles and the mother wears it on a long chain during pregnancy. Once the baby is born the rattle can be worn by either parent to soothe the child, as the sound will be as familiar as their mother’s heartbeat. The findings and fixings are rescued from men’s vintage pocket watches, in recognition of all the fathers that have gone before us.
My evocative objects can of course be bought by anyone – child not compulsory. The objects conjure memories of childhood and perhaps of simpler times when toys did not need batteries or Wi-Fi connection.