Jane Sedgwick was born in a mining village near Leeds in 1971. Developing a love of metals at Leeds College of Art, she studied metalwork and jewellery at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, where her degree show included a range of silver and copper vessels. She went on to study for an MA on the goldsmithing, silversmithing, metalwork and jewellery course at the Royal College of Art, where she concentrated on body related objects and jewellery of a conceptual nature, with an emphasis on photographic imagery. At the RCA she first came into contact with the art of the medal when she took part in a short sand casting workshop led by Danuta Solowiej Wedderburn. She later designed a medal to celebrate the college’s centenary in 1996. Since graduating, she has been working as a freelance designer/jeweller, and is currently based in Chiswick, London. Jane Sedgwick’s work is born of her love of modern architecture, and in particular of her interest as a jeweller in the body and its relationship with architectural space and form. Her medal, Isolate, investigates the individual and the multiple of council tower blocks, built as machines for living by progressive councils in post war Britain. Each medal is individual, slightly different either in patination or in form, due to variations in the lost wax casting process, but each medal is also a multiple, one in a batch of the same design. In the hand, the six sides of the medal take you on an emotive journey of changing perspectives, and contrasts in light and dark, as when experiencing interior architectural space.