Tusheeta David is an international award-winning jewellery designer, who grew up in India. After a successful career in India as a fine jewellery designer for a leading Indian company, she moved to UK where she set up her own label after completing her Masters from Birmingham's School of Jewellery.
She is currently a member of STEAMhouse (Birmingham City University) in Digbeth where she creates her collection of contemporary acrylic jewellery using modern laser technology.
Besides creating her own jewellery she teaches other designers to use CAD and is also a visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University. Additionally she also freelances for Swarovski and Corel Corporation working on various projects from time to time.
Through my work I aim to create jewellery that reflects my influences, inspiration and my identity. Having grown up in a country with soaring levels of skill, developing traditional jewellery manufacturing skills did not excite me. The application of current technologies in contemporary crafts drew my attention and I resolved to use it as a tool to venture into unchartered territories.
The unglamorous ubiquity of plastics and its availability in a range of colours allured me to explore its properties further. Colour is very crucial to my design aesthetics, and I combine hand dyed bright colours with fluorescent acrylic. My work explores the play of light with acrylic by virtue of its properties of edge lighting and transparency.
Sheets of acrylic are rescued from landfills and recycled to create jewellery that incorporate clever nuances and architecture to deliver a stunning visual product by virtue of its theatrical scale and form.
I am inspired by mystery that highly microscopic images exude, a sense of wonder of a parallel life veiled beneath perceived existence. I use these microscopic images from nature to create highly magnified digital patterns using CAD. I have used laser technology pushing the boundaries of what was perceived to be possible. Thermoforming techniques assist me in creating simple yet clever forms in acrylic which act as the canvas for these elaborate patterns. The result is a magnificent symbiosis of colour, form, material and technology.