Emily Kidson is a contemporary jeweller whose layered, intuitively designed jewels marry bold materials with traditional craftsmanship. Oxidised silver, wood, and tiny silver details feature in her work alongside the boldly coloured laminate work she has become known for.
Emily makes every shape and component by hand in her London studio, and each piece is the culmination of an immersive creative process. Emily is drawn to areas of fine detail; pattern, repetition and mark making, but also the clear uncluttered spaces around them, and she makes work which strives to find a balance between the two. Old industrial cities and canal sides are particular influences, from tapered chimneys to barges and water towers. Sensitive use of colour is central to the designs and her eye for detail informs the minimal, subtly layered aesthetic of her work.
After graduating from the University of Brighton with a degree in Three Dimensional Crafts, Emily spent a year at the prestigious Bishopsland Educational Trust. She took a diversion and became an art librarian before returning to making 10 years later. Since then she has exhibited widely across the UK and increasingly internationally.