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Writer Corinne Julius delves into the fascinating discoveries of silversmith Adele Brereton and woodworker Eleanor Lakelin, who use the unique treasures washed up on the river Thames as starting points for artistic collaboration.
Old bones, rusty chains, washers, broken clay pipes and rooting around in the mud, might not sound the stuff of silversmithing, but they were the departure point for a collaboration ‘Tidelines,’ between silversmith and jeweller Adele Brereton and sculptor in wood, Eleanor Lakelin. ‘Tidelines’ may prove the adage that where there’s muck there’s brass and it’s certainly yielded gold in the quality of the collaboration.
The pair are both based in South London, with studios at Cockpit Arts in Deptford. Each has a collection of found objects on the respective window sills of their studios, both have bones and broken clay pipes that come from their mud larking in Deptford Creek, though Lakelin’s collection includes a lot of stones and odd pieces of wood reflecting her rural Welsh upbringing and Brereton’s haul has pieces of found metal, based on her urban childhood. “I now have a vast collection of rusty metal, organised by type, along the windowsill in my studio!” laughs Brereton.