My name is Tom Bramwell. I am a contemporary designer/ maker based in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. I design and make my products based on my own individual unique style. I find great enjoyment in just observing my surroundings, drawing what I see and incorporating ideas from the urban environment into my jewellery.
After finishing an AVCE in art and design at Walsall College. It was here I first gained my love for working in metals and other tactile materials. I went on to complete a BA in Jewellery and Silversmithing at Birmingham’s School of jewellery. During my BA I was able to work in an environment where experimentation and freedom of design was encouraged. I was awarded the Cookson’s Silver Bursary in my final year and graduated in 2009. Once graduating I went on to complete a year at design space, where I gained greater knowledge of the industry and the trade. I started to create more designs and a wider product range. I was also given the chance to gain experience of exhibiting in many retail and trade shows including Brilliantly Birmingham pop up shop, Harrogate trade fair and ‘Treasure’ as part of London jewellery week. Finally after a year at design space I found myself a workshop in the Jewellery Quarter Birmingham and that’s where I am today.
What I do.
All of my work is handmade and original. I use hand forming and scoring tools to form the structure in my pieces, then add details and textures to the surface to create bold and unique pieces of jewellery and metal ware.
I base my work on the world around me, mainly architecture but other man made items too. I am interested in manmade structures that have been changed in some way by natural processes, whether natural chemicals, the weather or even just damage caused by plants and trees growing up and around something, as well as more geometric architectural formations. I am keen to observe shapes, forms and textures within each subject and portray that in my work whether it is large scale or pieces or jewellery. I then abstract, adapt and replicate certain interests to create new innovative, contemporary designs. “I find the world a much more interesting place when nature has been interfered with mans plans and designs”