Oceans Deep is a stunning collection of silver pieces by Anne Watson for the River Deep Mountain High exhibition. Anne’s highly detailed pins, pendants, earrings, cufflinks, bracelets and rings derive from engravings in the rare books ‘Deliciae Naturae Selectae’ and Seba’s ‘Locupletissimi’ held by the University Archives.

Oceans Deep by Anne Watson
Sterling silver jewellery

“My work is inspired by the hand coloured engravings found in Deliciae Naturae Selectae, in the case on the left, and in Seba’s Locupletissimi, in the case opposite. The work focuses on the illustrations of shells and starfish and is inspired by their represented texture and form. Some of the illustrations have been copied and appear here.”

Anne Watson is a contemporary jewellery designer based in Dundee, Scotland. Working from her studio in Wasps Meadow Mill, along with creating collections Anne also enjoys designing bespoke commissions striving to create heirlooms of the future.

River Deep Mountain High was an exhibition in the University’s Lamb Gallery to mark the Year of Coast and Water curated by Archive Services. Artists, designers and creative writers were invited to respond to the University’s rich archive, museum and rare book collections on the themes of rivers, seas, coasts and mountains. Original photographs, journals, plans, models and specimens relating to whaling, the River Tay, the natural world and mountaineering inspired jewellery, artwork, sculpture, poetry and much more.

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