I have been fascinated by the natural world since my early childhood and rest in awe over the infinite combinations of form, structure, texture and colour that it has created over millions of years of evolution. In my work, I abstract nature and seek to communicate brief impressions of what I have observed and encountered. Working from large and small-scale drawings and sketches made from life (zoos, museums, aquariums, botanical gardens) I continually collect visual information about nature’s forms, structures, surfaces, textures and colours (including via digital macrophotography) and “translate” the elements that most inspire me, into tiny, paper sculpture-like models, before finally moving on to constructing the final piece in precious metals.


Born in London, Jacqueline began her studies in the fine and applied arts at Harlow Technical College, Essex in 1985 with a one-year foundation course. The following year she enrolled at the West Surrey College of Art in Farnham, Surrey within the faculty of 3-dimensional design, specialising in metalwork and jewellery. In 1988 she spent one semester of her studies at the Fachhochschule (College of Art and Design) Germany.  She graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and continued her studies in art specialising in jewellery and goldsmithing at the Royal College of Art in London In 1991 she graduated with a Master of Arts degree and in 1992 moved to Padua, Italy with the goldsmith Giovanni Corvaja where they worked together for 9 years before moving in the region of Umbria in 2001. Jacqueline still resides in Italy.


“A great deal of what I make today is still in part based on childhood memories but I continue to collect visual information directly from nature even today. Much of my work is made up of moveable elements, which shake and vibrate on pins as the body moves. My work is intended to be worn, (as well as exhibited) because whilst always aiming to be visually stimulating and aesthetically exciting it is also the tactile qualities of jewellery that make this art form so appealing; ultimately it is the interaction of the wearer with the work which truly brings the piece to life and this, for me is what might be considered to complete it’s function”.


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Thereza Pedrosa

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Founder and Director of Beautiful People Live Art || Thereza Pedrosa was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) in 1985, and grew up in Bassano del Grappa (Italy) and in Lausanne (Switzerland). In love with Europe, she operates borderless from her new location near Leipzig (Germany). Graduated in Conservation of Cultural Goods at the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, and a jewelry designer herself, she promotes contemporary artists and designers worldwide. Her engagement is manyfold: selecting the most promising trends, promoting contamination between the arts, by editing online and offline publications.