Influenced by captivating artworks created by M. C. Escher, we have designed a range of jewellery pieces that take inspiration from the idea of “impossible shapes” and optical illusions. A graphic artist that produced inventive woodcuts and lithographs in the 20th century, M. C. Escher focused on mathematical dimensions and architectural design to explore the fluidity of infinity in his work. Drawing inspiration from one of his most famous lithograph prints, “Ascending and Descending”, the never-ending staircase illustrates a quadrilateral structure where each flight of steps can be seen as ascending or descending without ever going to another level.
Using the “quadrum” design as the central focus in a number of Northskull jewellery pieces, this creative feature is set to be a symbol of unity this season. Despite lines that don’t quite meet coming from perpendicular directions, there is still the illusion of a continuous loop to resemble a regular shape that is best shown in the chain bracelets, signet rings, necklaces and stud earrings in the Autumn/Winter 2017 collection. Made with sterling silver combined with exceptional craftsmanship and unrivalled attention to detail, this refined motif has a luxurious quality and a simple elegance that is destined to be a style classic.