For her latest series of work Construct, Phoebe Porter combines geometric abstraction, bold colour and unexpected asymmetry to create jewellery that resonates with influences of the Bauhaus and Russian Constructivism.

Porter manipulates simple geometry such as the line, circle, triangle and square and a reduced palette of primary colours using her typically restrained approach. The contrast of light and heavy line weights used in Bauhaus graphic design is referenced in pieces where solid coloured components are assembled alongside parts made from very fine stainless steel wires. The work demonstrates Porter’s sophisticated use of structure and composition to create forms where each piece is reduced to its simplest expression, embodying the precision and clarity of form that characterises her jewellery to date.

Porter’s deep understanding of the innate properties of her chosen materials allows her to exploit their characteristics to best perform their chosen function – the spring and fit of a clasp, rigidity and weight of a bracelet, lightness of an earring and suppleness of a necklace. All the pieces in Construct are designed to be worn. This is a particular challenge of jewellery: to make pieces that can stand alone as sculptural objects, yet come alive when being worn.

e.g.etal Gallery

26 October – 14 November 2015

Bilk Gallery

13 February – 14 March 2015


Construct earrings