Artist in the Spotlight: Birgitte Bruun

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In the lead up to our Summer Pop-Up event on the 10th of June we asked our artists and makers a few questions in order to gain an insight into their practices. Birgitte Bruun is the artist in the spotlight for this post. Birgitte’s clean, beautifully simple jewellery designs are handcrafted from silver, and will be available to buy at the Pop-Up event – so come and see them for yourself.

Describe your work in three words:

Contemporary, timeless, elegant.

Solid Silver Stubs Birgitte Bruun
Solid Silver Stub Earrings

Why is ‘handmade’ so important to you?

Handmade pieces of jewellery have the makers creativity and skills reflected in the final piece.

Birgitte in studio

Birgitte in her studio, creating hand-crafted designs

What’s the best part of making what you do? And the worst?

The best part is seeing someone appreciating and wearing something you have made, the worst when ideas don’t translate to a finished piece as you imagined they would.

What will you be selling at our Eclectic Mix pop up event on 10th June?

Silver jewellery

Silver 'wide hammered' bangle by Birgitte Bruun
Silver hammered Bangle

Where do you get your inspiration?

I’m inspired by Scandinavian Design ethos and like to make timeless, simple designs.

This is Eclectic Mix at E-luminate festival

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This is Eclectic Mix at the night market of the E-luminate light festival

© E-Luminate Festival – blog post written by Eva Eland (Production Assistant for This Is Eclectic Mix and also an artist)

We are so excited that This is Eclectic Mix is going to be part of the Cambridge E-Luminate festival this year at their Night Market  (on Cambridge Market site) on Friday 10th of February from 6.30pm – 10 pm so come view our products and say hello.

We will be showcasing our range of handcrafted Cambridge products ‘made with love’ from our talented cohort of makers to convey the best of what This Is Eclectic Mix has to offer. So with Valentines just around the corner what better way to earn some extra brownie points than surprising your loved one with a very special gift from such a memorable occasion.

Makers we are representing on our stand include Maria Merridan – A Cambridgeshire Artist and printmaker who makes beautiful lino cut prints and these adorable little paper shadow puppets shown in the photo below. Available to purchase from our stand for a very affordable price of £1.50. Just a perfect little treat to keep the kids entertained whilst you browse the stalls or take a wander round the market or just watch the Guildhall light show.

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Birgitte Bruun – Silversmith

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Birgitte Bruun Silver bangles

Brigitte’s range of ‘scandi inspired’ contemporary silver jewellery is inspired from her own Scandivan roots. Like what you see then come to our stall to view her range and/or visit our webshop.

Ruth Schmid‘s unique bags at our stand are all made from sustainable materials, like the tote bags made from old banners of the Cambridge Science Festival- So Cambridge! Also made to order so, all of them are unique.

Look out for lovely images of their creations via our social media pages on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

The theme for the E-luminate light festival this year is PLAY. And for me as an artist  that is the perfect association of how I experience making art on a good day. It’s finding that place again where I can be curious about the world, be in a state of constant wonder and discovery, forgetting all about my surroundings and time and… PLAY. If I allow myself to have time for dedicated, messy and sometimes quite serious play I might actually surprise myself with happy accidents and unexpected outcomes.

The irony of all this is it takes quite some discipline to make the time for this to happen and quite a lot of determination not to give too much attention to all the disguises of fear coming to visit, like procrastination, self-doubt and (social media) distractions.

It might be an overused quote from Picasso but it’s such a perfect fit in this context:

 

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”

 

When are the times that you allow yourself to play and how does that feel?