Jewellery designer Sara Bukumunhe was born in Uganda in the early 70s and moved to Britain aged nine, settling eventually in the Bradford area, where she now has her home and workshop. In her late twenties she began to learn jewellery making via evening classes at Bradford College. This decided her future career path. In 2009 Sara continued her art and business education at Bradford College with a Foundation Degree in Art and Design Enterprise.
Her work is mainly in sterling silver but uses small touches of gold and gold plating. She writes: "I love the versatility of silver, how such a strong unyielding material can be manipulated in so many ways into so many different forms. I often oxidise parts of my work for contrast and add texture using various hammer strokes and by rolling with different materials. The inspiration for the Sewn-Up collection came from a basketful of embroidery threads purchased at a charity shop, so many colours and textures I wanted to incorporate them into my jewellery. I also collect beach pebbles, in particular the pebbles with a white line of quartz running through them; the Sewn-Up collection was the outcome of these two ideas, pebble shaped pieces with coloured quartz stitches."
The silver discs are embossed with a sandpaper texture, created using traditional techniques. The end result is a study of line and form, with soft subtle textures in contrast with the use of bright bold thread, creating beautiful contemporary pieces.
Sara received a Highly Commended Award in Excellence in Jewellery at this year’s British Craft Trade Fair, sponsored by the National Association of Jewellers.
We are delighted to have a selection of Sara's stunning and unique jewellery for sale in our shop at Bonhoga Gallery.