Illuminating the contrast of surfaces and edges
Naomi Mcintosh, combining digital technology with handmade techniques, creates jewelry that captures the natural movement of the body.
Where did it begin? Formal training in architecture taught Naomi to focus on form and clean lines and made her pay strict attention to detail. Her lifelong fascination with rock formations and terrain led naturally to her interest in the contours of the body. Formal education elevated Naomi’s natural curiosity. She studied architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College in London and earned an advanced degree in jewelry design from Central Saint Martins in London.
Through her designs, Naomi explores the relationship between the body and handmade objects. Her starting points are sketching and making by hand. Then she takes advantage of new technologies. Naomi manipulates surfaces to create sculptural objects, transforming two-dimensional images into three-dimensional works through the use of body scanning and 3D-imaging software. Her latest necklaces incorporate precious metals and wood. For Naomi, metals highlight form in general and draw attention to areas of the body. In wood, she appreciates the contrast between the edges and surfaces.