With her new jewellery collection Pettycur, Kate Trouw combines hyper-real 3D airbrush techniques, iridescent colour palettes and porous textures to create free spirited, yet instantly wearable pieces.
The former architect draws on her training and practice in Moscow, Melbourne, the Netherlands and London to create striking jesmonite contemporary jewellery. The monumental scale of architecture is re-imagined by Trouw in a small Scottish coastal village where a daily swim in the North Sea has replaced her commute.
Stacey: This collection is so delightfully full of contradictions. Otherworldly yet organic; feminine with rugged edges; classic palettes layered to create a strikingly modern prismatic effect. What aspects of your environment or experiences have inspired it?
Coming from an architectural background where colour, pattern and decoration are, let’s just say, controversial, do you feel a sense of freedom in your jewellery practice?
I’ve been to visit your amazing studio twice now, it’s somewhat unbelievable in scale and atmosphere. Can you tell me more about it and the history of the place that you design and prototype your work in?
For many years the building was used as a dancehall and an amusement arcade. It was derelict when artists Elizabeth Ogilvie and Robert Callender bought it in the 1980s and turned it into a studio and residence. I work alongside Liz and three other artists in a wonderful space with open views out to the sea.
I feel like I’m on a retreat or a residency whenever I’m there. Swimming in the sea every day is exhilarating, and I have everything I need – much needed solitude, adventure, and all the while immersed in nature.
It overheats in summer and is freezing in the winter, when the rain splats down on the roof you can hardly hear yourself think and sometimes you can barely open the door for the wind. But this is part of what makes it special and besides, other days we have all the doors open and you can smell the seaweed and hear kids and seagulls playing in the sun.
The change in scale going from architecture to jewellery seems significant – what precipitated such a shift in your practice?
It was really exciting to work on this partly outdoor, partly indoor photoshoot with you and photographer Susan Castillo. What made you decide to create a shoot that’s so memorable and ambitious?