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Contemporary jewellery designer Jake McCombe takes inspiration from mathematical shapes and scientific symbols, as well as properties and elements of the material he works with. He has developed a unique working process, starting with raw materials he initially works with industrial machinery in a refined way to formulate ideas and transform images into objects, once the form has taken shape he then combines this with future technologies to develop the design before finishes each piece by hand with traditional craft techniques. Jake trained at Middlesex university on the BA Jewellery Design course under the tuition of Caroline Broadhead, Piere Degan and Julia Manhien among others. Before working with Jewellery designers Sean Leane, Lara Bohinc and Scott Willson, where he learned about high end finishing and working in the industry. Jake later launched Jake McCombe Jewellery and continued his ethos of designing through manipulation of materials and understanding their properties. Taking a measure of brass, silver or gold he cuts, heats and forms, then slices up to reinvent the simplest of materials to create surprising outcomes. Each piece a minimal sculptural that is made to accessories the human form, both to define and to frame. Jake hopes the wearer will feel empowered by the jewellery and enjoys wearing it as much as he enjoys making it.