Dark Skies - Inspired Jewellery
Saturday 10 February to Monday 16 April
Fabulous wearable art by jewellers Jackie Selcraig, Liz Samways and Jenny Weston.
Jackie Selcraig (Gracie J)
Jackie Selcraig is the designer/maker behind the Gracie J jewellery range. She works from her home-based studio in the Scottish Borders and uses the incredible landscape which surrounds her, both by day and by night, as her inspiration.
Jackie created Gracie J in 2006, and the current range of jewellery uses silver-plated ceramic beads and leather, with each piece inspired by the night sky. All Gracie J jewellery is presented in a beautiful felt-lined gift box, each a unique work of art in its own right.
Jenny Weston was born and bred in North Yorkshire, studied art in Harrogate and travelled around the world before settling back down on the Yorkshire coast. She started making jewellery as a small child – prising open jump rings with her fingernails and inserting plastic toys embellished with glitter nail varnish.
Jenny now makes jewellery using precious and semi-precious gem stones and pearls. She loves jewellery from ancient civilisations, such as Egypt, Rome and Native America. She particularly enjoys the textures of keshi, biwa and nugget pearls and likes using the variety of colours offered by the oceans of the world. She often knots pearls and gemstones onto cord, letting the beauty of the materials speak for themselves, and also manipulates wire to build form and structure to hold a jewel.
Jenny is also inspired by her local surroundings, and says:
“I like to see features of the Yorkshire landscape like the grey/blues of the sea shore, heather in blooming white and purple, and the vivid yellow of rapeseed. I like to see the furrows of newly ploughed fields, hedgerows bursting with sloes and hawthorn berries, and ripe apples on trees. I adore being surrounded by such fecundity”.
Liz Samways (InkyLinky)
Liz Samways was born in London, moved away to Leeds University and never went back. She has a degree in Art History, and a career background in sales and marketing, but later trained in garden design while developing her jewellery and printmaking practice.
Liz works in etched, engraved and enamelled silver and copper, along with other metals as the inspiration takes her. Sterling silver is combined with copper and brass, while on some pieces layers of vitreous enamel are used in a painterly way to add elements of colour.
She is constantly experimenting with photo/printmaking techniques to incorporate spontaneous mark-making from jewellery into print and vice versa.
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