Rebecca Anne Boldra

  Rebecca-Anne Boldra is inspired by the world around her, particularly architectural forms. Her designs explore the contrast between straight lines and flowing curves to aid her exploration of functionality and its effect on the concept of beauty.

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Rebecca-Anne studied for her degree at the School of Jewellery part of Birmingham City University. Subsequently,in the Summer of 2011, Rebecca-Anne started a residency at the renown Bishopsland Educational Trust which is based outside Reading. Here she completed their Post-graduate development course in Jewellery and Silversmithing and became a Fellow.  After Bishopland Rebecca-Anne has been an Artist in Residence at Glasgow School of Art during the past academic year.

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I studied a HND in ‘Jewellery and Applied Arts’ in Manchester and then went on to complete a degree in ‘Metalwork and Jewellery’ at Sheffield Hallam University.  I graduated in 2009 and set up my workshop in North Somerset shortly after.

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My work is a range of sculptural and bold silverware and jewellery.  Most pieces are hammered from flat silver sheet using the techniques of hollowing, hand raising and planishing to create a three dimensional form.  Chasing punches or textured hammers are used to apply different surface finishes to the object.  I use many of the same tools and textured hammers to create both the large silverware pieces and the jewellery.

 

I use a sketchbook to initially plan my pieces but truly they come to life through the making process, I am very hand’s on experimental with my material.  Rather than trying to control the outcome I allow my material and tools to guide me through the making, my subconscious takes over the design.

 

I am very visual my work is about form and texture as well as function.  It is important to me to get out and see new places to refresh my head.  Much of my visual diary has come from the highlands of Scotland where I visit regularly.  With the Bulbous and Boulders collection, I had looked a lot at the idea of a foreign object attaching itself to another or taking over it completely, in this case barnacles on rocks, sometimes there are just a few and other times they smother the rock face.  My first Bulbous pieces had areas of smooth planished silver contrasted with the bobbly forms.  Later I started making pieces where the bobbly forms consumed the whole surface of the object.  The Boulders pieces really followed on from this but for me they show more of the strength of character of the highlands.

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There is still much to come from the influence of the highlands in my work but it is certainly not the only place I look to for inspiration.  I also love old buildings and ruins, crumbling walls and castles.  My interests lie with the ancient and old, things with a visual history.  I like the idea of the rugged and earthy, something simply dug up from the ground.

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My “smithing” days began in a shed in East London. From there I stepped up to the rather more refined environment of Crown Jewellers Aspreys (later to become Asprey-Garrards) in London’s Bond Street, where over 25 years I mastered all the skills of the “across the board” gold/silversmith/jeweller, such as chasing, box making, forging, hammering, and raising.

SEW Ltd Gold/Silversmiths was launched in 2003. I am a Freeman of the City of London and the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths; A fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths; A fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

I love my work, whether I am crafting individually designed wedding rings, or mustering every bit of my expertise to transform the more elaborate gold/silverware imaginings of my customers into reality.

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My ethos is simple: the highest level of technical expertise melded with flexibility and creativity. My creations are always unique, and always a matter of personal pride.

Over the years I have been the craftsman behind such prestigious projects as the Cricket World Cup, the Ryder Cup, trophies for the Royal Ascot races and repairs to the F A Cup! I have also created commissions for HRH the Prince of Wales and other members of the Royal Family; the Sultans of Brunei and Oman amongst other prominent clients.Hatto Bowl

Summer Of Silver

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Yes it’s here again! 

Our third year of the Summer Of Silver Exhibition!!

This year we have some amazing exhibitors, some you may already have seen in our windows, some are new and innovative designs, and a couple this year are very local indeed!

On the line up this year:

Rebecca Joselyn

Hannah Felicity Dunne

Steve Wager

Ray Walton

Lexi Dick

Louise Walker

Padgham & Putland

Karina Gill

Stuart Jenkins

Gill Bridgestock

Twisted Silver Studio

Rebecca-Anne Boldra

Kathryn Hinton

Martyn Pugh

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Phew…………………..Now, they’re exhibiting at different times throughout the summer so if you’d like to see a particular designer please just call us for the schedule.

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All exhibition pieces are for sale and prices start from around £50.00 for silver jewellery up to a few thousand for some major signature pieces. Please feel free to come in and browse, we will be very pleased to see you and show you some brilliant designers.

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Wedding Events! (Nee Valentine’s Day)

Pop by to see us at the Wedding Fair at Hotel du Vin on Sunday 23rd February from 10.30 am to 3pm!

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http://www.hotelduvin.com/events/weddings/tunbridge-wells-wedding-fayre/

And from Thursday March 20th to Sunday March 23rd – visit us at 37 High Street for our very own Wedding Event.

This is in collaboration with High Street shops & businesses including Kent Wedding Venue Award Winner 2013 The Barn! Enjoy a glass of bubbly at The Barn from 10.30 am – 12 noon on Sunday 23rd March and see them getting ready for a wedding.

http://www.barn-pub-rest.co.uk/Weddings.html

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Wedding Photographer Kerry McNair!

http://www.kerrymcnairphotography.co.uk/

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Kent Wedding Awards Finalist 2013 – Cut Above Productions!

http://www.cutaboveproductions.co.uk/

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SW1 Hair, Beauty & Bridal Salon

http://www.hairdresserinkent.com/sw1-tunbridge-wells-hairdressing/

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Judy Mott – Handmade Bridal Gowns

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Victoria Longhurst – Harpist. Come and hear her playing for us on Saturday 22nd March from 2pm – 4pm.

http://www.victoriaharp.com/

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Susie Watson Designs – Wedding Lists

http://www.susiewatsondesigns.co.uk/wedding-Lists/

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ER Hickmott Wedding Cars

http://www.hickmottandson.co.uk/wedding-car

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Austin Reed for you Groomsman and ushers

http://www.austinreed.co.uk/fcp/departmenthome/dept/Hirewear

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So be sure to check in with us very soon – just 4 more weeks to go!!! Guest blogs from our exhibitors coming soon!!!

For all you romantics out there………………….

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With Valentines Day fast approaching you may be thinking about popping the question?!

Well, if you purchase your engagement ring with us, you can receive a free engagement photo shoot with top wedding photographer Kerry McNair (worth over £300.00).

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Also receive a voucher for 15% off your wedding bands.

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Wedding Event Tuesday 9th April to Saturday 13th April

Following last years successful event, this prestigious jewellers is once more working with retailers and businesses from the High Street and surrounding area to bring you a collage of wedding inspiration. No longer just a jeweller, Paynes have an amazing array of giftware in store. With ideas such as sterling silver photograph frames, fine

porcelain from the Zelli Gallery, writing instruments, pewter tankards and cufflinks, you will surely find the perfect gift for your ushers, bridesmaids and guests. There is bridal jewellery from classic cultured pearls to diamonds and moonstones, together with complimentary accessories for the groom, mother-of-the-bride and bridesmaids. You will see something old and something new, perhaps not borrowed but definitely blue.

·         Here you will see exhibits from The Brew House Hotel; the perfect wedding reception venue.

Located close to the High Street, this is a contemporary and luxurious boutique style hotel set amid the

tree lined streets and 18th century architecture of the old town centre. A unique venue for the perfect

intimate and personal occasion with a lovingly created and prepared menu from a talented team of

chefs.

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·         Capturing the beauty of your day is top wedding photographer Kerry McNair who knows how

important your wedding day is. Her experienced team of female photographers are a quiet, reassuring

presence on your big day and will capture every moment in its glory – and don’t forget that boudoir

shoot, ladies!!! AND if you purchase your engagement ring with us you will receive a free engagement

photoshoot worth £300.00.

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·         Brides can look out for amazing gowns hand made by Judy Mott in her studio in Sussex Mews

(behind the Pantiles). Established in 1987, Judy has a collection of gowns that are ready to wear and

made to measure in pure silk. From classic 1950’s inspired designs to contemporary dresses and with

over 70 designs to try on including corset bodices and separate skirts that are interchangeable, you are

sure to find the perfect gown.

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·         Grooms can make sure they look suave and sophisticated, too, by visiting Austin Reed on the High

Street. Book an appointment with the expert fitters – they’ll ensure your suit is exactly as you want it to

be. You’ll feel great in one our beautifully-crafted morning suits, tuxedos, tails, Highland wear, and

luxurious silk-lined waistcoats.

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·         With a diverse range of clients from all walks of life, cultures and backgrounds, SW1 Hair & Beauty

can be sure to make you look your best on your very special day. The salon team is trained to the highest

possible level of client care, creativity and technical ability. With a range of services to choose from, the

team will make you feel comfortable, relaxed and help you to enjoy your wedding with confidence.

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·         Looking for your bridesmaid dresses? Go no further – Sue Hill have created a collection of hand

made flower girl and bridesmaid dresses, all created with the same attention to detail from 100% silk and

silk organza with hand embroidery or lace detail. All dresses are bespoke.

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·         The innovative team of award winning florists at Flowers@colonade will work with the bride in

creating imaginative bridal designs and arrangements, traditionally found only in London florists.

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·         Today’s Mother of the Bride/Groom is a modern woman seeking that chic outfit with a sassy edge.

But knowing what suits and how to get that perfect fit can be a challenge. That’s why La Belle Femme

have a highly skilled team of advisors who will help to find something that suits your style and shape.

They have something for everyone and every budget, including millinery from Nigel Rayment, Victoria

Ann, Richard Designs and Sarah Crozier.

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·         Since the 1950s ER Hickmott have been hiring out limousines for weddings – this service continues

today and on most weekends their vehicles are dressed in the white ribbons for those happy occasions.

Rolls Royce’s and stretched limousines are available for weddings and private hire. You nay even catch a

glimpse of Nellie during the event parked regally outside the shop at 37 High Street, she’s a stunning

Rolls Royce Silver Wraith with the number plate NLY1.

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·         Offering a personalised service that is second to none is Pour Les Femme, who have over 12 year’s

experience in the lingerie industry. Their friendly and trained staff will do everything to help you find

what you are looking for. There are specialist fitters who will measure and fit so that you always have the

perfect size for you.

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·         You only have to look at the range of Zelli Porcelain products and be blown away by what you

discover. Everything at Zelli Porcelain of Royal Tunbridge Wells is an exquisite work of art. Every

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is handmade out of the purest porcelain. Many from over a hundred different moulds that are fettled,

glazed and fired several nail biting times. The diversity on display is simply astounding. A gift for any

occasion.

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·         Would you like help to enhance your image, advise you on what styles and colours suit you the

best, or help in bringing your existing wardrobe up to date? Perhaps you don’t know where to start –

need a practical and stylish capsule wardrobe? Perhaps you’re not sure what is ‘age appropriate’?

Whatever your styling or image requirements are, Lynne Meek at Styling Matters would be delighted to

help you.

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·         The Wedding Dolls are experts at organising dream wedding days. With limited time, deadlines

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lots of decisions to make, planning your wedding can be hard to manage, but don’t let if get difficult.

Their wedding website, mini workshops and wedding planning services offer lots of practical advice  and

help just when you need it most. You’ll be able to pop in and meet The Wedding Dolls between 2pm and

4pm on Saturday 13th April to learn some great secrets about wedding planning and chat through any

wedding worries you have. With some free templates to pick up you’ll be able to make a great start in

creating the wedding you want with the minimum of stress and find out how to add bags of personality to

your big day. The pop-in session gives you the chance to access wedding planning expertise completely

free of charge in a relaxed, fun and friendly way. AND if you purchase a ring during the event you will

receive a free workshop place.

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·         And between 2pm and 4pm you will hear the booming baritone of Mr John Scholey, Tunbridge

Wells’ Town Crier. Dressed in his trademark local purple and gold jacket with tricorne hat proudly

swinging his bell and calling “Oyez oyez oyez!!!”.

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