JULY IS ... JEWELLERY DESIGN MONTH
This July, we’re celebrating the work of wonderful jewellery makers who are designing and crafting in East Lothian.
From time-served silversmiths and seasoned woodturners. Mumpreneurs and multi-talented artists. We have an impressive collection of earrings, necklaces, brooches and bangles to show you.
What better time to look again at jewellery made in East Lothian. For birthday gifts. To accessorise a wedding outfit. Or simply just because …
We’ll have a selection of this collection available to buy online shortly. Meantime, if you’re in Haddington, please drop by Makers’ Gallery at The Arts Hub – 21a Hardgate Haddington EH41 3JW – Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.
Having painted all my life, it’s only really in hindsight that I am aware of the recurring themes in my work. The things that are important to me; family, surroundings, our shared planet, inspire me and continue to feed my soul.
The discipline of working with metal, using techniques which are precise and unforgiving is a perfect foil for the freedom of painting. Textures and colours used in painting inspire design ideas and there is an organic theme running throughout. Walking fills my head with ideas. Wild places and being at one with the elements helps me to observe and remember.
Rhona is a jeweller and painter living and working in East Lothian. Rhona graduated with a BA in Combined Studies, Art and Design from Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. This course gave Rhona the opportunity to explore other disciplines, one of which was jewellery. This became an important and much loved part of that course and she has continued designing and created precious metal jewellery since graduating.
Rhona’s jewellery is now made using recycled Sterling silver with the occasional addition of 18ct gold (also recycled) and ethically sourced gemstones.
GORDON C. HUNTER
Gordon C. Hunter is an artist and maker of sculpture, and was born and lives in Edinburgh. Skilled in many of the arts, he specialises in stone and wood sculpture. He is a member of the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, the Fisherrow Woodworkers Group and has exhibited and sold at The Royal Scottish Academy. Gordon’s stone sculpture work mainly comprises of Portland and Kilkenny limestone. He also works with alabaster, wood and clay. His influences include Japanese art, particularly Kabuki Illustrations. Ancient Celtic design, the Scottish Boys and Roger Dean.
I am a qualified graphic designer but jewellery design/making is my passion. I work from my kitchen and it has taken over my life.
I love all jewellery making but larger statement pieces are my favourite as there is so much you can do.
I use anything linear for inspiration whether it be scaffolding, a piece of twisted wire in my toolbox or simply some idea buzzing around in my brain.
LILY AND SCOUT SILVER
Lily and Scout Silver is the work of jewellery designer and maker, Babs Boyd. Babs started making sea glass jewellery a few years ago, inspired by beach finds whilst walking her 2 black labs – Lily and Scout!
As commissions grew, Lily and Scout Silver was born. Babs continues to make pieces incorporating silver and sea glass, but her collection of new silver pieces which are simple in design and affordable making them perfect for everyday wear.
Her jewellery is made by hand in her shed workshop just outside Dunbar. It is made from sterling silver with occasional flashes of colour from beautiful semi-precious stones.
MY JEWELLED BOX
We believe that good piece of jewellery is more than a decorative object. Originality of concept is central to our designs. We often play with new techniques concentrating more on the preciousness of the idea rather than on the material value of the object.
We want to show that jewellery design evolves just like any other art or design discipline. We are passionate about making designer jewellery more widely accessible.
My Jewelled Box latest collection, Found Beneath, is inspired by various utensils from bronze age found in Scotland.
At Recrafter’s Cottage we love using recycled materials as much as possible.
Our baskets are made using cotton rope created using waste cotton from the textiles industry. No water or toxic chemicals are used. No dyes either, instead textiles are cut into smaller pieces and shredded until a sort of dust is formed. The colour is created by mixing the shredded cotton to create the desired shade.
In our Jewellery line, we use recycled materials in every item. From fantastic recycled cotton in our necklaces to recycled coconut shell and plastics in our button earrings.
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