Winter Showcase 2023
Corrinne Eira Evans
Each piece of Corrinne Eira Evans jewellery is designed with touch and tactility in mind. Fluid chainmail, slinking across the skin. Singular stones set in smooth, polished golds. Handcrafted forms that follow the contours of the body.
Carefully chosen materials and finishes reflect Corrinne’s natural inspiration. Irregular, faceted gemstones tell a story of rugged topography. Oxidised silver, titanium, and golds are layered in a multi-hued landscape.
Central to Corrinne’s work is enduring quality and heritage craft. Handcrafted in Devon, her contemporary designs are brought to life with artisanal techniques and exacting attention to detail.
Chainmail jewellery is a Corrinne Eira Evans signature. Individual links are woven together in a fabric of metal, simultaneously intricate and sculptural. Every chainmail piece has an irresistible sense of tactility and motion, moving fluidly on and with your body.
Sheng is an award-winning contemporary jeweller and silversmithing designer maker whose designs are usually influenced and inspired by minimalist art, contemporary architecture, and geometrical form.
Sheng’s work demonstrates an aesthetics of minimal style, purity of visual language, and ethos of moderate. Each piece of his work is a result of a carefully controlled and purposely structured making process by using a blend of traditional metal skills with intermittent aid of digital technologies.
Maya Selway makes fine jewellery that is inspired by memory and the transience of objects. She uses a range of hand skills including optical stone setting and traditional construction techniques. The work has a modern classic aesthetic that looks for new ways to play with jewellery’s familiar visual language.
Taunton based jeweller and Gallery owner, Emma Trott graduated from Middlesex University in 2008 with a First Class BA hons in jewellery. She launched her own brand Olive Rose in 2015, inspired by her daughters middle name.
Using the Victorian lace craft of ‘Tatting’ Emma creates tightly knotted lace flutters which she then uses to adorn her hand formed silver and gold jewellery. This intricate textile process involves using a hand shuttle, knotting threads in particular ways , to form loops. She stays true to the original technique, yet her designs have a contemporary feel.
In her latest collection, Emma has the lace flutters cast into silver and gold, setting them alongside precious and semi-precious stones.
Sophie Victoria Anderson
Sophie crafts silver and enamel jewellery from her home workshop in South Manchester. She uses a Sgraffito technique with wet process enamel that often reflects her drawings. This is a process she developed whilst studying for her degree in Decorative Arts at Nottingham Trent University, where she produced a selection of enamelled 3D copper pebbles for her graduate collection in 2019.
Her work explores the tactile quality of objects and features a monochromatic palette. Sophie takes inspiration from textural surfaces and found objects she happens across whilst exploring rugged coastlines or just going about daily life. Sophie uses photography as a reference and draws in alternative mediums such as collage or stitch which she uses to inform her practice.
The unpredictable nature and untamed beauty of the historical Cornish Coastline is a constant source of inspiration for Laura. Her designs are informed by the textures, colours, shapes, and contours of the landscape found there and the connections they evoke. Tin mine ruins and footpaths clinging to the clifftops, patterns and marks made by the history of industry, weathered surfaces and personal journeys all provide unending inspiration.
Laura works mainly in silver and semi-precious gemstones. Gemstones allow her to introduce colour into her work using a palette that echoes her coastal inspiration. Designs develop in the making process, allowing the natural characteristics of the gemstone shapes and the forms of the loose ground on the footpaths to interact with techniques of making. Each stage made by hand, nothing is identical, no piece is the same.
Yelland & Barker
Yelland & Barker Jewellery is the creation of husband-and-wife team, jewellery designer Katharine Yelland and jewellery / garden designer Andrew Barker. In 2020 Katharine and Andrew combined their shared skills and interests and Yelland & Barker jewellery was formed.
Yelland & Barker find inspiration from all around, ground level, eye level, skywards and even in the stars. They see the amazing patterns, shapes and textures contained within the natural world which feeds their inspiration. The result is striking, eye catching, wearable contemporary jewellery.
Utilising traditional jewellery making and silversmithing techniques every piece is unique and just that little bit special and contains that personal touch and individuality.
Gracie started a Contemporary Applied Arts Degree at Hereford College of Arts in 2006, where students were encouraged to try their hand at all types of materials and processes. It was here that Gracie found an affinity with small metal works; the way it could be manipulated and formed whilst maintaining its strength, balanced with the delicate quality of jewellery and wearable art. Following a visit to New York Gracie was captivated by the dominant and expressive architecture, the grid like structures of buildings, windows and the City layout, which satisfied her love of order and repetition.
Gracie’s work has developed over time, with new inspiration of typography and vintage graphic design, but always maintaining an aspect of geometric, clean lines and form.