Q1. Hello, Jill! How much are you looking forward to the Combe Down Virtual Art Trail?
Very much, now that my daughter is helping me with the technology! Well done to Vikki Yeates and Ele Nash for making it happen.
Q2. You've taken part in the last three Combe Down Art Trails. What is it about art trails you enjoy?
Getting together with other artists locally, picking up top tips and chatting about my work. The organisers have fostered a strong collaborative spirit among the artists in Combe Down and I’ve so enjoyed being part of that.
Q3. What do you plan on exhibiting in the Combe Down Virtual Art Trail 2020 on Saturday 12th September?
This year I will show examples of my pebble, sea glass and paua shell jewellery. The pebbles come from the Lizard Peninsula where I was brought up. I have known the cliffs and coves all my life and have always been intrigued by how the complex geology leads to such differing stones on beaches just a few miles apart. After retiring I took evening classes to learn how to set my first pebble in silver and my silversmithing and beachcombing grew from there. I now also set sea glass from the Hebridean Island of Tiree where my youngest daughter lives. Since a visit to New Zealand, I also work with paua shell. I love the vibrancy of its colours.
It is my last year exhibiting and as I am winding down the silversmithing, I have decided to donate all proceeds to Alzheimer’s Support Wiltshire. It’s an innovative and very worthwhile local charity which like so many has taken a huge financial hit recently.
Thank you, Jill, for being part of the Combe Down Art Trail since it began and for letting us all have an opportunity to see and own your beautiful pieces. We'll miss your involvement in future trails!