And Collective Contemporary Art Gallery and Shop

Previous Exhibition:

Contemporary Jewellery
14th November - 31st December 2014

Contemporary Jewellery Contemporary Jewellery

Katherine Agnew
BA (Hons) Degree Silversmithing and Jewellery from The Glasgow School of Art

Inspired predominantly by the landscape of Scotland; from coast to the highlands, Katherine Agnew’s designs are built on repetition of the intricate patterns that are rooted in these environments. Her interest in this area has lead to research into the art of story telling in the form of music and song, to produce jewellery that represents more than just the landscape but tells the story of the setting in which it is situated.

The main structures of the jewellery are made from precious metals; colour and contrast is then introduced through the use of pearls and gemstones. To convey a sketch like quality in my work the repeated patterns are pierced by hand.

Emma Calvert
BA (Hons) Textile Design from St. Martins London

Emma Calvert creates bold textile jewellery by fusing traditional techniques with sculptural forms and contemporary colours.  Combining textiles with precious metals, she explores the idea of making two-dimensional fabric into a three-dimensional form through weaving, folding and knotting.

Drawing inspiration from cities across Europe; elements of fashion, fine art and history are referenced in Emma’s colour palette. A recent trip to Palermo, Sicily, inspired the colours for her current collection with a visit to the Cappella Palatina and it’s intricate mosaics.

Emma established her business in 2011 with an initial commission to design and create large-scale catwalk pieces for fashion designer Gareth Roberts.  These were modelled on the catwalk at FashionClash Maastricht in June 2011.  She has since experimented with the technique by varying scale and incorporating a variety of materials including silk, velvet and polyester.  Recently Emma has developed her range of loom-woven jewellery, combining silk with fine silver.

Shimara Carlow
BA (hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing, Glasgow School of Art

Shimara Carlow was born in a remote coastal area in West Cork, Southern Ireland in 1979. After completing a degree in Silversmithing and Jewellery in 2001, and went on to a 2 year residency at Bishopsland Workshops in South Oxfordshire In 2004 Shimara moved to London where she set up her own business and workshop, and in 2008 she re located to Melbourne Australia, where she now has a studio in the beautiful grounds of the Abbotsford Convent.

Shimara's jewellery has been inspired by natural forms, primarily seed pods. She uses silver, 18ct gold, silk paper and gum nuts to create her tactile jewellery. Collections include Gum Nut, neckpieces, rings and earrings constructed from both silver and real gum nuts and Honesty, whitened and reticulated silver ovals, which resemble honesty leaves, constructed in to long articulated neckpieces and bracelets.

Jenny Llewellyn
BA (Hons) Jewellery from Middlesex University

Jenny Llewellyn is a jewellery designer-maker based at Cockpit Arts in Holborn, London. Inspired by the luminous colours, shapes and movement of underwater life, Jenny’s work is characterised by handcrafted, organic forms of precious metals, combined with vibrant bursts of silicone.

Jenny’s practice is driven by experimentation. Experimentation with colour and experimentation with material, combining precious with non-precious, to create tactile and fun pieces, available in the full spectrum of colours, from discreet pops of monochrome, to full statement colour-fades.

Central to Jenny’s practice is her pioneering use of silicone. Often mistaken for glass or plastic, silicone is surprisingly soft, light and durable, resulting in unique and wearable contemporary jewellery design – a celebration of colour!

Clare Lowe
BA Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts, London Metropolitan University

Claire Lowe uses a variety of mixed media materials to create jewellery at her home studio in Middlesex. Claire is a keen tea drinker and at university started to use tea as a material, as her experimentation progressed she became interested in the tradition of tea drinking and tea paraphernalia. Her continual interest in materials and processes helps her work progress, she finds her work develops best when working and experimenting.

Contradictory textures and feelings are seen in the knitted/woolen range, putting soft surfaces and materials inside hard plastic and creating a visual texture without a sensory feeling.

Fiona Luing

Fiona Luing loves making, she spends the majority of time exploring new techniques and trying to improve on the fundamental ones. Working on how to make something new, and solving the puzzles that invevitably arise gives her a great sense of achievement.

Much of Fiona’s work explores curves and circular forms, with her recent stone setting experiments naturally developing into rounded and bevelled settings. A starting point for recent work has been looking for bright eye catching gems, then designing the jewellery as an extension of the stone.  The latest collection investigates colour theory and how complimentary colours enhance each other while being opposite. 

Heather McDermott
BA(hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing, Edinburgh College of Art

The tideline of Skye is a treasure trove of unique objects discarded from the urban environment and deposited by the power of the Hebridean swell. Here rope, wood and plastic take on a subtler identity as wind and wave shape, and re-shape form and colour. The continually changing shoreline is her constant source of inspiration and ‘tidal surge’ is the contemporary interpretation of these surroundings.

Stainless steel is hand formed into soft geometric shapes mimicking fishing nets and lobster pots. Repetition creates chaotic chain which is then embellished with weathered discs of vivid colour inspired by washed up buoys.

Heather McDermott Jewellery is based in the beautiful southern peninsula of the Isle of Skye in Aird. She loves to work collaboratively with other designers especially in editorials with a strong fashion influence.

Rhona McCallum
MA Jewellery, Edinburgh College of Art,

Rhona McCallum is an award winning designer and maker of contemporary jewellery in precious metals and natural stone, working from her studio in Glasgow.

Since graduating in 2013 Rhona has exhibited her jewellery world wide. The collection Metamorphic is inspired by the powerful natural forces that shape the landscape. Through forging and casting in metal and carving stone I mimic the aggressive processes of rock formation and erosion, aiming to translate the rough, weathered qualities of a stone surface onto metal. Materials: Sterling silver, 18ct gold, pewter, iron, slate, marble, steel.

Elaine McKay
BA (Hons) Jewellery Design& Technology, North Glasgow College.

Elaine's journey to becoming a jeweller has been rewarded with the numerous awards she has gained through entering competitions and college. Inspirations for her jewellery designs have primarily focused on the world around her with the emphasis on the vast amount of information relating to evolution and botanical structures e.g the variety of textures, patterns and colours that nature provides for us which are never identical or stay the same.

Alison Phillips
BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing, Edinburgh College of Art.

Alison set up her workshop after Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2005, designing and creating work for Galleries and Exhibitions throughout the UK, from her studio in Dunblane.

Inspired by botanical forms, Alison first records her ideas through sketches and drawings, before translating her designs into silver, forming feminine and delicate pieces.

Sarah Pulvertaft
BA Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts

Sarah established her jewellery workshop in London in 1995, now based in rural Oxfordshire she continues to sell her distinctive brand of contemporary jewellery to private clients and through shops and galleries in the UK and worldwide.

Sarah is a member of Craft Central’s Designer’s Network. Her jewellery has been featured in magazines such as Harpers and Queen, Arena, Loaded, Elle, Time Out, The Sunday Telegraph and Preview.

Sophie Stamp
BA (Hons) Applied Arts, Plymouth College of Art and Design

Skilfully constructed and intriguingly unique, Sophie Stamp’s tactile and kinetic jewellery ranges offer an interactive jewellery experience. Inspired by the beauty and movement of hidden mechanical components, the award-winning craftswoman engineers wearable pieces just crying out to be played with. From mesmerising spinning pendants embellished with fine lines of pure gold to her signature rolling rings, each piece is individually handcrafted by the designer in her studio.

Sophie is fascinated by the temptation we have as humans, to fiddle and play with items worn or held about the person. She marries this with an appreciation of everyday mechanical instruments and technical objects that are regarded by most as being merely functional, but are on closer inspection, often constructed from elegant and beautiful shapes and components interacting with one another.

She is very much concerned with the making process itself and interpreting age old, traditional hand techniques in a contemporary way. Sophie enjoys the challenge of making pieces that may look simple, but are very technical in their construction, and she uses various silversmithing techniques including gold inlay, repoussé and anticlastic forming on a very small scale, enabling her to engineer minimal, tactile forms in precious metal.

Kirsty Stewart
BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing, Edinburgh College of Art

Kirsty Stewart is a young Scottish jewellery designer maker; she uses traditional craftsmanship combined with contemporary design to produce her beautifully hand crafted jewellery collection. Since graduating in 2013 she was accepted onto the prestigious ‘Vanilla Ink’ programme, an incubator space for jewellers to set up their businesses.

Birds; in particular their flight and feathers; inform Kirsty’s work. In some pieces she creates scenes and scenarios of flight, others are focused on the details, patterns and textures of feathers. She creates her work using traditional techniques such as forging to manipulate the metal and achieve the desired textures and patterns. She combines precious metals with both precious and semi precious stones to incorporate colour into her work. Kirsty Stewart Jewellery provides uniquely designed handmade jewellery. Furthermore she offers a personal service for commissions and repairs once loved jewellery.

Beth Watson
BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design, Grays School of Art, Aberdeen

Taking inspiration from historical sources, Beth creates, contemporary designs which explore a combination of deep-rooted traditional jewellery making techniques with new technology.

Misun Won
MA Jewellery, Edinburgh College of Art

After graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2008 with a master degree, Misun has worked at ECA as an artist in residency and a visiting lecturer. She recently won a finalist in professional category in contemporary jewelry awards Enjoia’t, FAD, Barcelona 2011 and a gold award for Fashion Production Jewellery in Goldsmiths' Craftsmanship & Design Award in 2008. She has been exhibiting her jewellery in UK, Europe, and USA. Now she is working from her studio in Edinburgh.