Clare Hillerby

Handwriting forms the starting point for my work. Old papers featuring handwritten messages by unknown characters are sourced, interesting sections are extracted; messages become ambiguous, they are then combined with new metalwork, and contemporary stories emerge.

Contrasts have always been important, the old and new sit together in each piece I create, the reference to the precious and non-precious, decorative elements next to simple areas, the linear and the solid.

My collection consists of necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings and cufflinks, in limited editions and as one-off pieces. The papers are always original and the elements are often gathered in various combination to give each piece a uniqueness for its wearer to enjoy.

Silver is often oxidised for a depth of colour and to allow papers to become the highlight. Details of yellow gold tube riveting are used to construct parts of the work to reference an industrial landscape; our new history being created daily. Semi-precious beads are added for texture and colour.

Clare is a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art, where she has obtained BA (Hons) Jewellery & Metalwork. She has also obtained BTEC National Diploma in Art & Design from Cleveland College.

We recently did an interview with Clare you find it in the Lobo Luxe Blog section on the website.

Her studio is based in Edinburgh, Scotland.