A Glastonbury-based design studio has been commissioned to create a knitted-wired jewellery capsule collection for a museum in the Netherlands
Facets of Avalon is a mother and daughter partnership between designer, Rachel Reilly and 2D mixed media artist Jan Billings, who are celebrating 20 years in business. The duo sells knitted-wire jewellery that’s designed and handmade by Rachel in their studio, and the multi-media mosaics created by Jan using materials such as semi-precious gemstones and sand.
For the new project, Rachel sculpted her metal fabric into unique jewellery pieces to run alongside an exhibition of Renaissance paintings at the Prinsenhof Museum in Deft. Inspired by the frilly collars in the artwork, the ‘Ripple’ collection is made up of a large neck piece, a cuff and earrings.
Rachel has perfected her wire knitting technique over the last 20 years after discovering wire in a broken television. The designer started machine knitting the enamelled, fine copper wire into metal fabric and sculpting this into wearable pieces. Able to blend colours as she knits to match any shade, the designer is regularly commissioned to create unique pieces by fashion houses, performers, and photographers.
With Glastonbury now recognised internationally thanks to the famous festival, the business receives orders from a small customer base all over the world, with social media increasing interest from people overseas. Earlier this year the company exhibited at the Sieraad International Jewellery Art Fair thanks to a bursary from the Department for International Trade (DIT), which led to the Prinsenhof museum collaboration.
Since then, Rachel has gone on to showcase her jewellery in Italy, Portugal, Barcelona and during Milan fashion week in March. The designer has also received an invitation to attend the European touring jewellery exhibition curated by Netherlands-based textile and paper jewellery designer Luis Acosta.