Jessica graduated in 2011 from DJCAD. Now based in Edinburgh Jessica creates small sculptural objects and pieces of jewellery. A focus on enamelling allows Jessica to express her love of colour and pattern. The pieces on show, Tapestry, Kimono and Gingham are a result of an exploration into the relationship between textiles and metal and the similarities that can be found between the two mediums.
A graduate of The Royal College of Art (2004), and Glasgow School of Art (2000), Hannah has exhibited her jewellery internationally and now works from her studio in Edinburgh, making jewellery to commission and for exhibitions.
The skills Hannah employs in making her jewellery are rooted in traditional fabrication techniques and quality workmanship, focusing specifically on intricate hand-piercing and cut-outs. Her designing is intuitive and inspiration for her pieces is found in coastline maps, pattern, colour and associations with her childhood in Cornwall and her home in Scotland.
Kathy Vones’ work captures the harmonious imperfections of growth patterns found within nature and architecture, translating these into jewellery that seemingly grows on the human body. A fascination with the vibrancy of natural structures and the darkly glittering geometries of the city is expressed through a varied use of materials, ranging from tactile silicone to polished metallic structures embellished with geometric gemstones.
Technologies such as photo-etching, laser welding and rapid prototyping are used to give form to structures of previously unimagined complexity and delicacy. These multifaceted jewellery constructs incorporate shapes made from silicone or thin sheet metal enamelled with the plique-á-jour technique. Gemstones set inside the structures, sometimes behind enamelled panels, offer a tantalisingly concealed focal point. Most recently this body of work has expanded to include sculptural jewellery objects which, with the use of novel smart materials and technologies, visually transform according to the physical conditions of their environment.
Audrey Reid graduated from Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 2011, and was one of the first intake of ‘Vanilla Inkers’.
Working from a studio in rural Fife, surrounded by agricultural landscapes and woodland, the jewellery designs are inspired by these influences as well as architectural form, frameworks and plant life. Reflecting various fascinations, including window structure, ironwork, and optical effects, the collections comprise simple, bold metal frames featuring details such as wire, resin or impressions of botanical detail.
Jane set up her brand in 2010 and has since worked with companies such as Harvey Nichols and The National Gallery London. Her collections have been worn by a selection of celebrities including Brit Award winning Emeli Sande, actress Emma Thompson, MTV's Laura Whitemore and BBC Sherlock star Laura Pulver. The brand has been nominated for a host of awards- Drapers Accessory Designer of the Year, Accessories Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards and New Designer of the Year at the UK Jewellery Awards. This year Jane was also named Independent Woman of the Year at the Royal Bank ofScotland Women Ahead Awards and as one of Professional Jeweller Magazine's Hot 100 in the industry.
A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art Katie is a designer / maker whose unique style is defined by the perhaps incongruous concept of creating finely crafted jewellery, of silver and semi-precious stones, from the heavy industrial aesthetic of the shipbuilding history that has moulded her home city of Glasgow.
A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, Georgia Wiseman has spent time in London and Glasgow working in the craft and fashion industries, producing one-off and limited edition jewellery for exhibition across the UK and was shortlisted for Accessory Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards in 2009, and again in 2013. Last year saw Georgia establish a new direction for her business, with a move into fashion jewellery and extending her online presence with a striking new web store. With the aim of creating affordable luxury jewellery, Georgia has continued with her signature style whilst maintaining excellence in her craftsmanship. Passionate about producing high quality products, all jewellery is made on site in the workshop next to her home. Georgia also uses skilled British manufacturers and traditional makers helping to retain and protect the heritage of British craftsmanship in the UK.
Joanne MacFadyen is an award winning Scottish jeweller currently based in Dundee, graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone college of art with a bachelor of design degree with honors in 2010 and completing a Master of Fine Art in 2012.
As Vanilla Ink Studio's first Artist in Residence, Joanne developed a series of new collections. Her year as Vanilla Ink resident closed with the launch of her residency debut collection at International Jewellery London in September 2014.
Her work is lead by a love of experimenting with materials and techniques and is driven by a wide eyed attitude to the world. Joanne works with precious metals, precious metal clays, enamel & gemstones to create unique jewellery that have a decadently organic aesthetic.
Lynne MacLachlan designs and makes innovative, contemporary jewellery and objects using bespoke software and 3D printing alongside more traditional craft techniques. Her jewellery pieces play with light, space and colour; graphic geometric forms reveal ephemeral, shimmering Moiré patterns as the wearer moves around, embodying a fresh approach to fine and fashion jewellery.
Lynne has won many prizes for her work including gold awards for her design work by the Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council, and has exhibited widely in the UK and Europe.
Originally a native East Londoner, Ciara Bowles’ tastes in colours and aesthetics have formed through being surrounded by a multitude of cultures and the urban environment.
olour, pattern, material and scale are what excites Ciara, colour being the most important medium of all. The jewellery Ciara makes is designed to make a statement, aiming to fascinate the viewers, to create objects whose aesthetics and tactility are exciting, compelling them to take a closer look.
ltimately it is the impulse to make both the wearer and the observer aware of the jewellery, and through creating interesting structures, a brilliant colour and an amusing tactile quality that drives Ciara to create intriguingly beautiful objects.
Sarah Hutchison is a Silversmith and Jeweller. She is passionate about saw piercing – her work derives from this passion. Sarah likes to work with the silver, cutting down the surface and then working with it to see what she can create. She has a unique way of gold-plating silver, which gives a soft subtle change in the colour of the metal and then combines scattered stones and pearls, creating fresh and spontaneous pieces. The result is wonderful, eye catching jewellery.
Sarah has exhibited her work internationally and took part in the project ‘Silver for the Stars’, where she made a show stopping diamond studded teapot for Sharleen Spitteri. She has also won numerous awards for her designs including a prestigious Dewar Arts Award, where she was awarded £8800 to travel and progress her work. Sarah opened her own Jewellery gallery in Morningside, Edinburgh in 2011.
Andrew Lamb uses precious gold and silver wires in his jewellery, creating pieces by layering, twisting and overlapping these ‘threads’ to create rippling textures and subtle colour variations, playfully drawing in the viewer and creating a moment of surprise. These effects are inspired by the linear patterns and structures abundant in nature and woven textiles. He is also influenced by illusion and the mesmerizing visual effects of Optical Art and wishes to emulate the perfection found within the natural form yet highlight the imperfections in the way we see and the way we perceive.
Interaction and versatility are two of the most important aspects of Kaz' work. She likes the wearer to be able to play with her jewellery creating new pieces. Setting magnets within the resin provides a way of changing each piece easily.
Ring tops can be swapped, bangles stick together, neckpieces interconnect.
Colour is an essential element in Kaz' work. Layering translucent resin over opaque helps achieve a richer finish and a wider colour range. By patterning either one or both layers you can produce diverse effects.
Welsh born, Edinburgh based jeweller Donna Barry uses her own customised technique of fusion. Working with silver and gold, she overlaps petal shapes into regular and asymmetrical patterns to create textured sheets. By working and forming the metal in various ways and often incorporating stones, Donna produces elegant pieces of jewellery resembling objects in nature.
Donna's vocation as a florist for five years has provided her with a plethora of shapes and textures to draw inspiration from. However, it is often the technique itself that comes first. Donna works intuitively with her chosen materials, allowing shapes and forms to develop through the making process.
Bekki Churcher graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2011. She now exhibits and sells her jewellery throughout the UK Her interest in strong architectural lines and angles are adapted into her jewellery designs. Her collections to date are greatly inspired by St Peters Seminary, Cardross, Scotland. The abandoned brutalist building changes and surprises you as you walk around it and has many unexpected characteristics that she recreates within her work. Elements and concepts that are taken from the site are recreated though enamel and folded sheet to create complex, three-dimensional forms.
An important aspect to the work is that it changes noticeably at different angles, thus, making the back just as important, and if not more special than the front, allowing for a certain secret that only the wearer knows about.
Ebba set up her business in 2009 after graduating with a BDES (hons) in Jewellery and Metal Design from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee. Ebba now works from her home studio on the Fife Coast, Scotland, making work for national and international galleries, boutique shops and online retailers as well as taking private commissions.
Ebba Goring’s jewellery collections are inspired by her love of traditional needlework and her passion to translate textile skills that have been handed down from generation to generation, into a new material that will preserve them forever.
Handmade, delicate lace and crochet is transformed into solid precious metal and combined with sparkling stones resulting in luxury jewellery that has a timeless elegance.
Plants define a character of a Nation or place. In Vermont we define ourselves by the Maple Tree. In Scotland the Thistle often defines us. Karen chose to use plants—heather—as inspiration for this reason. As an international individual Karen exists in two places and define myself by locality. Scotland has an incredible history, a written history, which goes back thousands of years. There are so many stories here and so many lives lived here. Colour and pattern are integral to my work and are developed through close study of plants and created by the attributes of titanium.
Kelly Munro is an Edinburgh based designer that graduated in 2013. Since then she has continued evolving her degree show collection which is inspired by harbors of the north east coast of Scotland. Her jewellery is strongly influenced by lobster pots, nets, ropes and buoys reflected in the colours and shapes of her jewellery. She works with intricately pierced metal combined with charred and branded wood to mimic the shapes of fishing nets and creels. Her work aims to reflect weather beaten objects that you would find on the shore.
Marianne Anderson graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 2003 with a First Class Honours Degree in Jewellery Design.
Working within a restrained palette of oxidised silver, 18ct gold, red garnets and white pearls she creates luxurious and wearable collections that reference ornamental detailing and traditional decorative forms. Skilfully incorporating luxurious stone settings, intricate pierced patterns, and detailed surface texture. This combination of colour and artistry results in a treasury of unique and feminine pieces that are beautiful to wear.
Marianne is a visiting lecturer at The Glasgow School of Art and runs jewellery workshops from her studio.
Mariko’s innovative jewellery is inspired by the natural textures and colours, the forms, and the principle of Zen, which can be found in traditional Japanese architecture. The combination of bamboo, enamel, kimono silk and precious metals never stop attracting people. Collaging is an essential part of her creation. By adding elements onto others, Mariko always finds many different ways of assembling them into wearable jewellery.
Lindsay’s work explores and takes inspiration from the perceived value of traditional gemstones and their settings. By considering the structures and facets that draw people to precious gemstones, my work focuses on the beauty to be found within the construction of a faceted stone.
Whereas imperfections are traditionally undesirable in gemstones, Lindsay’s work emphasises the flaws that make each stone unique. By creating pieces that emphasise the idea of inclusions and defects, she transforms these imperfections into significant and distinctive features of her work. By referencing larger stones in Lindsay’s pieces, she encourages the wearer to consider where value lies. Are Lindsay’s pieces aesthetically valuable to them because of the bold symmetrical structures she employs, or are they valuable because of the traditionally revered luminescent and light refracting qualities of the stones themselves?
Merlin Planterose founded her jewellery and silversmithing company in 2011 after graduating with a 1st class honours degree from the University of Dundee. The Lady Grange Classics Collection secured her a Recent Graduate Bursary from the Goldsmiths Company and inclusion in the Goldsmiths Fair 2013. When researching for a collection she enjoys stumbling upon a historical story, character or event that interests her and informs the designs in a more in depth way, so that a design is not just aesthetically unique and pleasing but also has a story behind it. The Lady Grange collection is based on true events that occured on St Kilda in the 1700’s.
Mustard & Peaches is an independent jewellery brand from Belfast creating design led collections alongside one off bespoke pieces. Mustard & Peaches was established in 2012 by Glasgow girl Mairi Burrow. After graduating from Dundee University, Mairi moved to London and joined a new postgraduate program at the Goldsmiths Centre. Unique opportunities led her to Belfast where she has seen her young business grow further. The third collection launched in Autumn 2014. The collection has a strong emphasis on narrative. The pieces are bold and on trend, but still process that delicate edge that has become a notable feature for the Brand.
The relationship between the object, the artist and the wearer is a significant force behind Pauline’s work. She is fascinated by the power of an object or drawing to inform and communicate from one to another. Pauline’s latest collection investigates mark making, both in 2D and 3D forms. Working in both precious and non precious materials, she looks to place emphasis on the processes involved over traditional perceptions of value.
Ruth is a Scottish Jewellery designer who was born and raised on the Isle Of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. Ruth incorporates Harris Tweed which is a hard wearing, world famous fabric into her designs, making her work truly original.
Aside from using Harris Tweed in her designs, she also takes influence from the shapes, colours and textures of the landscapes of her home to create jewellery that while elegant and contemporary also has an elemental feel to it. The designs are created using precious metal with textures added using different techniques.
Ruth recently won "Best Newcomer Designer" at the Scottish Variety Awards.
After discovering over 300 love letters sent during WWII from her Granddad to her Grandmother, Rebecca has been captivated by the sentiment, the nostalgia and the greatness of a true love story over the years of 1943-1946. Perhaps seen as a “dated” way of communicating compared to text message and email, we are unable to express ourselves the same way a hand written letter can. They reveal determination and deeper understanding. When we write a letter we think ahead and there is a great preciousness in what we write before putting ink to paper. These personal artifacts have highlighted how significant sending a letter can be and how life changing these letters were. Truly inspired by her Grandparents story, she creates sentimental one off pieces capturing the original handwriting, old photographs and vintage colours. The collection is ever evolving with the discoveries she uncovers whilst reading the letters.