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Ring - Target

Target

  • Object:

    Ring

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1963 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ramshaw, Wendy, born 1939 (designer and maker)
    Watkins, David (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screen-printed acrylic and base metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs J. M. Stancliffe

  • Museum number:

    M.11-1988

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 36, shelf A, box 4

Wendy Ramshaw, a textile designer, and David Watkins, a sculptor and jazz musician are today internationally renowned artist jewellers. They both made their first experiments in jewellery in the sixties.

In 1963, David Watkins and Wendy Ramshaw, collaborated in their first joint venture, ‘Optik Art Jewellery’ inspired by Op-Art. Ramshaw had been teaching screen printing, and Watkins developed this technique, to be used on acrylic, rather than spray painting. They printed multiple black and white patterns onto sheets of acrylic, which were then sliced up and finished as individual pieces of jewellery. With their ‘Optik’ collections, among others commissioned by Fenwicks of Bond Street they caught the spirit of the Swinging Sixties. These were fun pieces and jewellery accessible for the young. Their concept was to make well-designed fashion jewellery of inexpensive material. It was the right idea at the right time. ‘Optik Art Jewellery’ closed when larger competing manufacturers moved into their visual territory.

Physical description

Screen-printed acrylic and base metal with a black and white geometric design. Made as part of the Optik Art Jewellery Collections.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1963 (made)

Artist/maker

Ramshaw, Wendy, born 1939 (designer and maker)
Watkins, David (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Screen-printed acrylic and base metal

Dimensions

Diameter: 2.5 cm back to top of bezel, Width: 2.2 cm bezel

Descriptive line

'Target' ring, screen-printed acrylic and base metal, designed and made by Wendy Ramshaw and David Watkins, England, London, 1963

Materials

Acrylic; Metal

Subjects depicted

Target

Categories

Jewellery; Accessories; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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