Obtuse creates challenging and playful pieces, which function as adornment and interactive objects. Obtuse is owned by Lynne Avis, a Fine Art and Jewellery Design graduate. Lynne creates and produces each individual piece herself. This allows her complete freedom of design, in which her clients find a similar expression of self. Obtuse’s style appeals to those who are interested in quirky and ‘fringe’ fashion and accessories.
Lynne’s wide background of art study enables her to approach jewellery a little differently; creating work with conceptual narratives and designing from a broader range of creative knowledge. Obtuse plays with expanding definitions of contemporary jewellery whilst retaining functionality. Her collections each contain small deviations from the norm, adding an element of adventure and daring.
Lynne is exploring the changing definitions of adornment and its ever-evolving interdisciplinary nature. She enjoys understanding what is occurring within the contemporary jewellery scene and engaging her clients on this deeper level. She is currently developing her traditional jewellery practice towards a broader and more fluid space as evidenced by a collaborative project resulting in the book, Adventures in the Ordinary, inspired by Georges Perec. At present Lynne is involved in curating and participating in the & Ampersand Sa collective which focuses on contemporary jewellery in Cape Town. Their first exhibition Residua: a contemporary jewellery exhibition, took place in November 2015.
Lynne has studied abroad at the University of Hertfordshire in London, worked under the conceptual German jewellery designer Katrin Spranger and was chosen as an Emerging Creative of 2016.