Jane Adam graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1985. She has been exhibiting consistently in important galleries and exhibitions ever since her postgraduate and her work is in many well-known public and private collections. These include the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.
Jane Adam’s work features bold shapes, interesting colour mixes and patterns, ingenious fastenings and hidden details. She creates wonderful colour combinations, with reminders of exotic textiles the maker had seen on her travels in India and Japan. The shapes have also often been stylised versions of natural forms – a childhood shell collection lies behind many of them, and the geometry of these samples is visible in many recent pieces. There is a personal and emotional response to putting on her jewellery and secrets are an important feature of the experience, in which structure, fastening mechanism, and the back of the piece all have a part.
Many of her forms have emerged from the making process and the properties of the material itself. In recent years we have seen a move into the use of precious metal and stones, though often still in her familiar organic forms.