David Watkins has been at the cutting edge of jewellery design since the sixties. His experimental approach to materials and love of bold graphic forms are the foundation upon which he has built a portfolio of ground breaking designs in a variety of precious and low value materials.
The wearable objects always take into consideration the interaction with the body, even if some of them aren’t the most practical of shapes. Embracing technologies such as precision laser cutting and computer aided design has helped Watkins to consistently produce forms that appear futuristic yet are so simple they have lasting appeal.
Watkins is currently the Artist in Residence at the V&A and has been passing on his knowledge to future generations in his role as Professor of Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery at the Royal College of Art since 1984.
The exhibition runs until 26 September 2010 at the V&A.