Sophie de Taranto (Shutter Jewellery)
I began Shutter Jewellery in 2015. While I live close to London and have been known to wander around the city taking pictures the bustling urban jungle, it’s the real jungle, countryside, rainforests and woodland that really inspire and relax me. This is why Shutter Jewellery has evolved into a celebration of birds, botanicals and butterflies and became little symbols of that escapism. Each jewellery piece contains a scaled down version of one of my own original photographs and I look for striking detail, shape or colour which will be just as bold on a tiny scale. The photographs are used in a number of ways, but my signature pieces use a little pebble of glass over the top which magnifies the detail and looks just like a tiny version of the real thing. All of the jewellery is designed and made in a beautifully located riverside studio in Walton on Thames at 'Angler's Wharf' - next door to the Anglers Pub on the towpath. The river is no end of inspiration (and sometimes distraction) with swans, ducks, dogs and rowers passing the window. The studio is open to visitors throughout the year - please check shutterjewellery.com for times. In 2021, I'll be joining a group of artists for open studios, just behind my studio at the Riverhouse Barn. Details to follow!