On graduation from Birmingham School of Jewellery in 2010, Priya was selected as a participant on Design Space, a programme funded by Birmingham City Council and the European Regional Development Fund. In 2011, she was a finalist in Professional Jeweller’s Treasure Competition, and later that year by Honda Made in Britain for their September Competition. In 2012, she was selected as a participant on Getting Started run by Goldsmiths’ Company London, and also as one of the Rising Stars by New Ashgate Gallery.
Priya takes inspiration from repetitive patterns seen in historic Indian architecture and textiles. For her work, lines are picked out from Jali (Mughal architecture) or Zari (brocades on Indian wedding saris) patterns and translated into simple geometric drawings which are then used to create linear 2D and 3D designs. The outcome for each design is a decorative motif; the Lotus flower, symbolic in India.
The shapes are created using computer aided design. Once the designs are produced a range of bench skills are utilised to construct each piece.
Priya’s idea was to create a contemporary version of traditional Indian jewellery. Her collections are crafted using sterling silver, 24ct gold plating and set with gemstones.
Priya produces collections and one-offs which are functional yet striking, that adorn the body beautifully.