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Background

Annie studied at Kent University and in Venice graduating with a B.A (Hons) in English and Italian. After leaving university she pursued her longing to study Art and Design and was accepted at Saint Martin’s School of Art where she completed a foundation course. She then went on to collect a further degree at The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art Design and Manufacture at London Guildhall University, graduating with a B.A (Hons) degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing. On leaving college she founded her own business in Jewellery design and has been designing and making for over 16 years.

Ethos

Annie’s work is much sought after and always cherished by her wide range of clients. She is well known not only for her meticulous finish and high standard of production, but also for her inspirational designs. Many people say that it is easy to recognise a piece of her work.

Right from the outset of her career as a jewellery designer she has concentrated on producing collections of work with consistent themes, shapes and designs. Her work is like her handwriting; personal, individual and unmistakable.

Inspiration

The first collections were inspired by pebbles found on beach-combing expeditions in Devon and on the coast of Suffolk. Time spent drawing in the Natural History Museum and the V&A in South Kensington also led to the use of shapes from fossils and rock formations.

Design

Each successive collection over the years has been generated and adapted using fresh ideas but retaining a lineage of design from the previous season’s work. In this way she has produced a catalogue of work which all shares a harmony of theme. Clients who purchased work several years ago are able to update their collections with new stock that never looks out of place with previous creations. New design ideas start with a sketch but the work quickly evolves into three dimensions using brass or silver maquettes. Working with the form in metal often causes the original design concept to adapt and improve, as so much of the art of jewellery depends not only on the appearance of a piece but also its tactile qualities of weight and shape. How the jewellery will hang when worn is a major aspect of this, and a new design is always tested and worn by Annie herself to make sure that it behaves as expected.

Commissions

Annie has designed and made numerous wedding and engagement rings as well as anniversary, bar mitzvah and Christening presents inspired by the clients’ individual requirements or brief. Please contact Annie for more information. Design proposals for commissioned work will be accompanied by a computer-aided drawing before work commences. Once these drawings are approved the commission can be made from start to finish in a matter of a few weeks.

Weblinks

The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths

Annie has received the seal of approval from the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and has been invited to join Who’s Who in Gold and Silver the Company’s prestigious directory of the leading jewellers, silversmiths and art medallists working in the UK.”

http://directory.thegoldsmiths.co.uk/designers/annie-ruthven-taggart/

The Designer Jewellers’ Group

The Designer Jewellers’ Group was founded in 1975 as a cooperative which promotes the work of its members. Individuality of design and professional craftsmanship are its hallmarks, bringing together an exciting diversity of styles in contemporary jewellery.

http://www.designerjewellersgroup.co.uk

Craft Central

http://www.craftcentral.org.uk