Based in her London workshop, Ruby Taglight hand carves her pieces out of wax before casting them into precious metal, and signing them with a lab-grown ruby.
Ruby creates one of a kind, sculptural pieces exploring the importance of adornment. Drawing on themes such as myth, history, and religion, the jewellery plays with combining traditional materials and forms, with those less conventional, such as synthetic gemstones and figurines, celebrating the over-feminine, over-embellished, and the kitsch.
Ruby Taglight LDN’s pieces discuss the role of the ornament. Traditionally in design, over-ornamentation was criticised for distracting from functionality. Non-realistic, highly-adorned styles such as that of the Rococo were denounced as ‘too feminine’ compared to the ‘masculine’ practicality of classicism. In an ever-increasingly technological world, we as humans value progress in terms of the machine, and as a result are developing technology that is rendering us less productive by definition; we are becoming the ornament.
Ruby trained as a fine artist at the Glasgow School of Art, creating life-sized, heavily embellished sculptures. It was during this making process she discovered a deep connection with adornment, and subsequently moved to New York to earn a Graduate Gemologist Dimploma from the Gemological Institute of America.