Studio

Barbara Acton-Bond in her studioMy studio is near the river Thames and is full of light, music and inspiring objects. For me it radiates a cosy sense of beauty and charm (along with a bean bag and bones for my Westie who keeps me company) and a comfortable old chair when my children or husband wish to visit. Atmosphere is very important to me.

I have a multitude of boxes holding stones and elements arranged by colour and drawers full of pendants and coloured silk cords and threads. There are drills to smooth the rough holes of stones or widen a pearl, with its minute hole, a mass of tiny needles and pin cushions, and small clips to hold strung lines in place. A day lamp with a magnifying glass attached is essential equipment for threading stones, some of which have holes no bigger than a speck.

I first play with ideas and then make a prototype, testing its look to see how it hangs. But not until it is strung, knotted and finished can one really know whether the necklace works. And if it is wrong, I begin again. A necklace can take up to 4 days to complete

Textures and colours not to be missed