Christopher Thompson Royds

Born in London in 1978, Christopher Thompson Royds graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 with a masters in goldsmithing, silversmithing, metalwork & jewellery.

 

"It's all about preserving an instant," says jeweller Christopher Thompson Royds, whose Natura Morta (Italian for "still life") collection immortalises everything from white clover to buttercups.  Tracing around the stems and petals of pressed wild flowers (Kensal Rise cemetery in west London is apparently one of his hotspots), Thompson Royds hand cuts them in layers of paper thin gold or silver, binding them with fine gold wire.  It's a process he compares to "tying up roses in the garden".  Each piece is housed in a marbled folio box, an allusion to the Hans Sloane Herbarium at the Natural History Museum. (Aimee Farrell, 2016)

 

He has exhibited widely from Tokyo and Munich to London. His work is represented by Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, and Louisa Guinness Gallery, London. Since 2010 he has been a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art, London.