This brooch is by modern British designer Jo McAllister who first made jewellery at an evening class in 1988, having previously worked in picture editing for newspapers and magazines.  Her evening classes led to a degree and in 2003 she graduated from the London Metropolitan University with a Masters.

Her work is inspired by landscapes – ancient and contemporary, natural and constructed, and the juxtaposition of light and dark.  She works with silver and various colours of gold in a variety of techniques.  She uses stones as her hammer and anvil, creating subtly undulating surfaces and textures.

To make this brooch Jo uses a technique known as Keum Bo which fuses pure gold to a fine silver surface using an indirect heat source. It originated in Korea. ‘Keum’ means gold and ‘bo’ means added or applied.

This brooch is part of her SketchBox series which is inspired by Venetian tiles and the work of M C Escher creating three dimensional illusions.

Escher Birds

Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) the world famous Dutch graphic artist, with over 2000 drawing and sketches, specialised in works with optical illusions.