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Winter inspiration – The beauty of our natural world

We were warned of the coldest winter on record; it seems the UK has slipped through a crack in the polar chill.

I’m glad to be warm – if wet – and happy to reminisce of the beauty of ice sharp days with these photos of the ice of 2011!

Images of nature feed the creative mind as we find inspiration in the cycles of life, patterns of growth, then textures, colours and forms that result. It’s a beautiful world!

ice crystal formation on leaves, inspiration for jewellery

I love how these ice crystals creep like a fringe along edges…

ice crystals, beautiful patterns, inspiration for jewellery

while these burst like flowers from any surface…

ice crystal formation on grass

growing ever more complex

till the sun’s rays break the chill

contrasting texture and colour

And the ice recedes to give the earth a chance to recover

winter sunshine

before dusk.


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Vicky Forrester is a practicing jeweller designer maker with 30 years of experience in the contemporary jewellery field.