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Obtuse, owned by Cape Town based designer Lynne Avis, finds elegance with a playful edge. Each piece lovingly made by hand, is an affirmation of shared aesthetics and portrayal of self. With her background in Fine Art, Lynne is drawn to jewellery’s intimate relationship with the body, your body. Believing that bigger is better, her pieces are a sensual statement, enticing to both eye and touch.

Seeing her vision and creativity showcased by those who wear her pieces is what keeps her inspired and fired to keep on creating.

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.