About Moth and Magpie

Ruth Claydon chose the name MOTH AND MAGPIE to hint at how she makes.

‘I’ve always been a bit of a scavenger, first with beachcombing and now mudlarking. Honing my skills after many years of charity shopping, my love to to find the treasure in the most unexpected of places, with my magpie eye. Seeing potential in broken, unloved, discarded and outmoded jewellery, I like to use my finds to create new, unique, wearable jewellery which ultimately still retains the spirit and charm of the past. If something looks like I’ve just dug it up, then I’m happy’.

So much for the Magpie, but what of the Moth?

‘Moths to me are like flying dust, so they speak of age. They are also drawn to light but, contrarily, operate at night; they love clothes, especially ones with natural fibers, and they are always neutrally attired. So far, that is a pretty good description of me. More seriously, for me they are destroyers, consumers, just like mankind. I really like old objects, that is why I choose to use them in my creations, but it feels good to step back from using new resources.

One of my favourite Bible verses is ‘ do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal, but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven’. This is echoed by the wabi sabi idea that nothing is finished, nothing is permanent, nothing is perfect. There is beauty in that, I think’.