ANNOUSHKA HOSTS AN EXHIBITION OF WORK BY MIXED MEDIA ARTIST PATRICIA MITCHELL
British jewellery designer Annoushka Ducas MBE is delighted to welcome the works of artist and mixed-media sculptor Patricia Mitchell to her Cadogan Gardens studio-boutique from 11th to 31st March 2019. The collaboration is part of Annoushka’s ‘Art at Annoushka’ programme – an exhibition series showcasing original artworks from a roster of international artists. Launched in 2011, ‘Art At Annoushka’ has seen Annoushka collaborate with creative forces at the forefront of the art scene including Dutch sculptor Bouke de Vries, British multimedia artist Rosie Emmerson and Polish artist Roksana Ciurysek- Gedir of Roxy Art.
The exhibition follows on from Patricia’s elaborate window installations which she designed to celebrate the arrival of Annoushka’s new collection – The Beetle – which launched in January 2019. Crafted from paper and naturally edge lit neon perspex, Patricia’s life-sized beetles will grace the windows of Annoushka’s Cadogan Gardens and South Molton Street boutiques in London and her Mandarin Oriental boutique in Hong Kong until the end of March. The collaboration also extends to Patricia’s in-cabinet displays which have been fashioned from layered organic paper, creating a visual effect of shadow and depth which beautifully complement Annoushka’s colourful designs
Annoushka and Patricia have a shared love of nature and much of Patricia’s work pays homage to the beetle. To mark her ‘Art at Annoushka’ exhibition Patricia has prepared a new portfolio of nine paper sculptures, incorporating real beetles ethically sourced from entomologists in Paris and Australia. As well as beetles, Patricia’s pieces will bring to life the dragonfly, the bee and the butterfly – all of which feature frequently in Annoushka’s designs – using 24ct gold alongside her signature paper layering technique. Patricia’s work brings together black gloss Perspex with paper-cut foliage; hand-painted dragonflies with coloured lacquer to create a striking aesthetic.
“I am a big fan of Patricia’s paper sculptures. She recreates elements of the natural world in such a beautiful, organic way and her love of nature really resonates with my own design aesthetic. I am passionate about supporting women in the arts and am delighted to be able to showcase Patricia’s work as part of my Art at Annoushka series." – Annoushka Ducas MBE
“It is such an honour to be able to help bring a new and exciting edge to zoological and botanical education through art which I hope will appeal to audiences of all ages” – Patricia Mitchell
Annoushka was founded by Annoushka Ducas MBE in London in 2009. The founder and creative director of her eponymous jewellery brand, Annoushka grew up in London, later studying French language and civilization at the Sorbonne. From Paris, she moved to Hong Kong in the late Eighties and began to work with local artisans, designing jewellery for herself and her friends and family. Three decades on, she continues this passion and exploration with Annoushka. With headquarters in London and boutiques throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, where she first began designing jewellery, Annoushka creates intricate, versatile jewels in 18 carat gold with diamonds and precious stones. Driven by a desire to tell
stories through meticulously detailed, contemporary jewellery, Annoushka is fuelled by a passion for colour, texture and a belief in the timeless magic of jewels.
About Patricia Mitchell
Having enjoyed a thriving career as a portrait photographer, Patricia retired 4 years ago and hailed back to her roots as a sculptor. Prior her days as a photographer, she studied Figurative Sculpture for 3 years under the watchful eye Veronica Rix, Principal at the Heatherley School of Fine Art, Chelsea. Her love of sculpture saw her using various types of medium, from clay, to wax, aluminum mesh and latterly paper, teaching herself the art of origami (which she later taught soldiers with PTSD as part of a Recovery Programme for Help For Heroes). As her art developed she found a technique of drawing and cutting her designs, which were all inspired by her love of nature and our eco system. Her passion for ecology and animal bioscience resonates through her work which she hopes will allow her audience to consider the importance of our natural world.
Patricia’s new zoological paper sculptures will be on sale at Annoushka, 41 Cadogan Gardens, London SW3 2TB from 11th to 31st March 2019.