burton art gallery and museum
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BURTON ART GALLERY
& MUSEUM

Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ

Telephone: 01237 471455
Email: info@theburton.org

Admission is Free
Open Daily 10am - 4pm
Sundays 11am - 4pm


Anne Farag

In her Devon workshop Anne makes silver and gold jewellery. The inspiration that goes into generating Anne’s work springs from a rich variety of sources, one of which is her mixed background, something that probably plays an unconscious role in her creativity. Anne comes from an exotic background, her father being Egyptian and her mother Swedish. Many collectors insist that something of these influences show through in her work.

She trained at Birmingham School of Jewellery and Silversmithing, gaining a City and Guilds in advanced diamond mounting. This course was highly technical, and although she knew she would probably never work with diamonds exclusively, she now uses the techniques in a highly creative way. After finishing college, she worked part time in the jewellery trade to help finance her career as a designer/marker. During this period she exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the British Isles.

Anne moved to the southwest in 1975 where she opened a jewellery craft shop in Totnes It became well know for its unusual handmade jewellery, but she found it took up to much of her time in general administration and that she was gradually moving further away from what she enjoyed doing most, which was actually making jewellery. She closed the shop in 1986.

Much of the inspiration that generates her current work comes from a rich variety of sources. She is particularly interested in cultures, which tend to use a lot of patterns and decoration, literal or abstract, ancient or modern. As a result of this mix, she endeavours to introduce all these influences into her current work, which includes myriads of repeating patterns etched into silver. The intricate detail on her jewellery, echoes those hypnotic, repeating patterns one sees on Egyptian and Greek animal and flower designs. She also likes to combine the beautiful symmetry and asceticism of Art nouveau and Art Deco with some abstract elements, then develops and enhances these by adding semi-precious stones, by doing so, she aims to make contemporary jewellery that is both creative, functional and uniquely wearable.

She is a member of the “Design Gap” and exhibits widely throughout the U.K.

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