Here at Babyface, we're members of the school of "more is more" and highly attuned to the importance of a statement accessory. We understand, first hand, how a single piece of jewellery can transform an outfit, and your mood, in an instant. One look at Joy Bonfield-Colombara’s exquisite designs and you’ll know you’ve found a statement piece to last you a lifetime.
Taking a surrealist approach to figuration, Joy’s work is united by fragmented faces and and body parts. Part Roman, quasi-religious and always stonkingly beautiful, Joy's designs are gallery-worthy. The sculpted creations take on the form of cast silver and gold statuettes; they're as heavy to hold as they look and even more intriguing on first-hand inspection. Nearer to artefact than simply jewellery, Joy’s meticulous craftwork is not something to be overlooked.
Joy perfected her precious metal working through her jewellery degree at the Glasgow school of art. Despite being there during the year of the infamous fire which burnt down the school, Joy has not been deterred from pursuing her passions. Holding a lifelong infatuation with design, Joy’s appreciation for craft began young. “One of my mothers best friends is an incredible Jeweller (Bo Davies) and she had me do a drawing of two little fish in seaweed which was then transformed into a tie pin for one of her clients. This to me was MAGICAL — seeing a 2D drawing realised into a 3D precious, wearable form.”
The body is a recurrent theme across Joy’s repertoire. The first piece she ever physically made herself was a silver locket which had a glow in the dark hand carved priest. “It was all about catholic confessions booths, and the beginning of a body of research I did on the power and importance of listening.” Now, from singular ears, to fragmented faces, the corporeal is Joy's residing fascination. Through her work, both literally and symbolically, she seeks to deconstruct ‘classical’ as a term or form, allowing her pieces to simultaneously possess both an ancient and modernist sensibility.
If that's not enough of an endorsement, Joy’s work has been praised by the likes of Another Magazine, Twin Magazine and, most recently, i-D.
Currently, Joy's been immersing herself in the post-modern as well as Yoruba west African sculpture- movements that will undoubtedly embellish Joy's already rich artillery of treasures. You can learn from Joy herself at one of the regular workshops she hosts where under her tutelage, you can make your own Joy-style ring. We’re already tucking our old rings away in a drawer in anticipation of her next line of bespoke works.
Words by Jamila Prowse