Style Magazine: When Art Meets Fashion
When Art Meets Fashion: Sophie Devitt translates her passion and talent for sculpture into fine jewellery.
Words Anne Hudson
"I admire artists who take on the daunting genre of jewellery making. Sophie Devitt is one of those people. Following an arts degree in sculpture she transitioned into jewellery. Her focus while studying for her Bachelor of Fine Arts was small sculptures and in many ways her jewellery is just an extension of that practice.
Custom made ring, 18ct white gold with Australian zircon.
"Another influence is ancient artefacts. Sophie notes that sometimes it is difficult to tell where the original object ends and the hand of nature and time begins. Sophie produces contemporary work through which she explores the potential of erosion and corrosion, time and decay producing new timeless pieces."Her aesthetic is precise, creating immaculate little pieces that show the mark of the maker. Like many New Zealand artists her primary source of inspiration is nature. She loves not just native plants but also the exotic flora that resides here. Our natural habitat is as diverse as our population and Sophie says her love of nature is a nostalgic feeling, a sentimental attachment that she feels all kiwis share.
Gold-plated pittosporum seed
pod earrings, $245
Love of nature is a nostalgic feeling, a sentimental attachment that Sophie feels all Kiwis share.
Mt Ruapehu custom-made wedding rings in
blackened sterling silver.
"Sophie creates many custom-made pieces for the discerning buyer. She works with the client and their desires but brings her own aesthetic to the work. She feels individual pieces must reflect not only her input but must enhance the client's personality and appearance while creating a story of the wearer.
Gold-plated ‘Waimea’ leaf pendant, $130
"There seems to be a myriad of considerations when making a work for an individual. Sophie places her work somewhere between art and traditional craft. Those definitions are a minefield an are actually an arbitrary construct placed on objects, particularly 3D work, to place it in an artificial hierarchy created by the art world. All artwork is crafted to a degree and has a function of a sort. These exquisite little works, whether they fall from an ear lobe or grace a hand or other body part, are in my mind works of art.
Sterling silver ivy leaf hoop earrings, $150