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Kim Allwright - Pale Blue Dot PendantKim Allwright of Wilde Works grew up in Holland, Germany, Canada and England and worked abroad for sixteen years before settling back in England in 2006. A notable experience from her childhood included moving with her parents from stark post-war Germany to Canada, which she describes as 'like breath of fresh air in vivid colour'. The impact of moving from a monochrome to a vibrantly-coloured world has stayed with her all of her life and the perception of colour, what leads us to choose particular colours and how they affect and help set our mood still inspires her today. Kim cites this as the main reason for including colour in her jewellery.


As a self-taught designer maker she mostly uses Sterling silver and resin, although she is starting to incorporate additional materials and techniques such as stone setting, pressure-forming, rolling, etching and enamelling.

Kim's work to date includes kinetic rings and a minimalist sterling silver and resin range. She thinks of jewellery as a form of self-expression and a vehicle for self-discovery, enabling others to see the story in her jewellery pieces and wear them to identify and express something about themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim's current collection entitled ‘First Exploration’ is part of a series of substantially constructed and beautifully finished jewellery pieces with a contemporary minimalist edge. The original inspiration for these pieces is a quotation from a book called 'Pale Blue Dot', by the noted cosmologist Carl Sagan. The book is named after a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 space probe. At the request of Carl Sagan, on leaving our solar system, Voyager 1 was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and take a photograph of Earth across a great expanse of space. Said Sagan:

“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every 'superstar', every 'supreme leader', every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Kim, The Pale Blue Dot and Voyager 1’s peace message is just the beginning: ‘Wilde Works Contemporary Jewellery is an adventure, an exploration which never tires. I can't wait to see where it will take me next.’

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