Art on your sleeve, and lapel

Illustrator Jessica Bird collaborates with Alice Made This on an artful new accessories collection

Jessica Bird in her studio with her rose illustration
Jessica Bird in her studio with her rose illustration

A new collection of cufflinks, lapel pins and brooches produced by British accessories brand Alice Made This is as resonant as it is romantic. Scottish illustrator Jessica Rose Bird – whose artistry has been commissioned by Vivienne Westwood, Matchesfashion.com and Edition Hotels – has created a series of four floral designs based on plants that look elegant but also tell a story.

Jessica Bird Thistle cufflinks, £210
Jessica Bird Thistle cufflinks, £210
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“I selected flowers based on their symbolic meanings,” she says, “but they also have personal connotations. I chose the poppy because I was born on Armistice Day and it’s a symbol of peace. Rose is my middle name and represents love, and the thistle is a symbol of protection, pride and courage for the Scottish.” The fourth flower is the freesia, which Bird sees as the symbol of “friendship, partnership and trust”.

Bird’s colourful flower illustrations in her studio
Bird’s colourful flower illustrations in her studio
Jessica Bird Poppy pin, £135
Jessica Bird Poppy pin, £135

Each of the accessories has been created in the Alice Made This aerospace factory in Hertford and has had its flower precision-engraved into its surface before being sealed with micro-crystalline and carnauba wax to preserve it. The range incorporates a gold series, which is crafted using an ancient patina technique of hand-layering and chemical-mixing before the pieces are oxidised. The result is a complex and distinctive colour.

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The collection – which launches online on October 1 – is priced from £110 for a steel lapel pin to £210 for limited-edition gold-series cufflinks, bearing the poppy graphic on a red background, the freesia on yellow, a thistle on blue, and rose on pink. Alice Walsh, founder of Alice Made This, believes the mix of florals and metal hit an elegant note. “The flowers soften the precision jewellery,” she says. “You can wear them on a denim jacket as a piece of art, or on your lapel as the replacement for a buttonhole at a wedding.”

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