MEET THE MAKER
Rosie Groom is an award winning jeweller, currently based in the South West of England. Her work focuses on the forms and textures of excavated jewellery and the fascination of the unfamiliar. Jewellery is one of the earliest forms of art, and can be traced back 100,000 years. These discoveries were excavated from the ground, leaving them decayed and misshapen. By using contemporary jewellery techniques, Rosie creates jewellery from an imaginary time and place. Transporting the wearer back thousands of years, whilst staying firmly in the present.
Rosie views jewellery from the broader perspective of bodily decoration, and considers her tattoos as a permanent form of jewellery. The relationship between her own bodily decoration and the jewellery she creates are closely connected, including the tattoo on her chest that reads ‘immortal’ by local tattoo artist Permanent Reminder, which acknowledges that the work she makes will live far beyond her years because of the nature and properties of metals. The artist’s views on bodily decoration mean that she is as much a part of her work as the jewellery its self. She views her body, the jewellery and the wearer’s body as a fluid and unbreakable cycle, where all are equally as vital as one another to the process.