Monastery pieces “are intended to be mythic, raw heirlooms crafted with slow, meticulous care,” the designer says. This is indeed evident in the raw power of her pieces, which, while they exude contemporary appeal, seem to carry the weight and wisdom of antiquity.
McCulloch smiths in silver, gold and bronze and occasionally incorporates found objects and antique pieces. She often upcycles precious metals by reworking found pieces. She crafts an assortment of neckpieces, necklaces, pendants, earrings, bracelets and rings that are all thematically linked, profoundly expressing an almost meditative contemplation of the ages. Her work has the characteristic appearance of seeming intentionally unfinished and reflecting a pure or raw state.
“When I make jewelry, I let the materials behave as they are and as they choose to. I am not interested in making controlled objects but just intervening enough to guide the flow of molten silver in a general direction,” she states.
The result is a body of potent and beautiful statement pieces that will defy time and trend to remain infinitely wearable.
Monastery is available online via www. https://monasteryjewellery.com and is stocked at Florence Factory, OHMYBLUE and Officine Nora in Italy, Unconventional and FEAR online.