Jewellery

Emily Kidson

Emily Kidson is known for her use of wood and laminate with precious metals. Sensitive use of colour is central to her work and is the backdrop to a minimal, modern aesthetic with areas of intricate detail.  Industrial cities and canal sides are particular influences, from tapered chimneys and pottery kilns to barge and water towers.

Emily has come back to making after a career as an art librarian. Her use of laminate started when she discovered it as samples in the Materials Collection at Central Saint Martins library in 2013.

Laminate is paper and resin formed under extremely high pressure. Emily uses the brand Formica which you may be used to seeing on table tops and kitchens. It can have quite a mid-century modern feel and the colour doesn’t fade. The wood Emily uses is walnut, the silver is sterling (925) and larger pieces are hallmarked at the London Assay Office. Emily also uses resin, paint and Keum Boo in some pieces to add extra areas of colour and detail.

Based in London with a studio at Cockpit Arts, Emily regularly exhibits at many prestigious events both nationally and overseas, including Goldsmith’s Fair and MAD in the USA.

Emily Kidson artist portrait.

Jewellery

Sarah Packington

Sarah Packington designs, and hand makes colourful dyed acrylic jewellery in her studio in Brighton. She studied Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics BA (hons) at Brighton Polytechnic, graduating in 1991. Her shapes and colours of her ‘Weave’, ‘Seed’ and ‘Grid’ collections are inspired by mid-century textile designers such as Lucienne Day and Joanne Groag. She loves their joyful shapes and colour combinations. The black graphic shapes with a pop of colour of Sarah’s ‘Balance’ collection reflect the influence of abstract artists including Mondrian and Miro.

Sarah’s 2022 ‘Stack’ collection is her response to the ‘Family of Man’ sculptures of artist Barbara Hepworth. Curving forms, etched lines, and holes are elements used in the construction of the pieces.

Sarah endeavours to push the boundaries of what can be done with her chosen material. She experiments with textured surface patterns and innovative ways of joining components. Many of her designs have hand etched lines on clear acrylic which is dyed and polished back to reveal the coloured pattern. Sarah uses a laser cutter or bandsaw to cut out shapes from sheet acrylic, and hand makes all ear wires in silver.  All designs are highly finished to give a precious feel.

Read more about Sarah Packington here.

Sarah Packington, jewellery at her bench in Brighton

Jewellery

Hannah Louise Lamb

Hannah Louise Lamb is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and The Royal College of Art. Hannah Louise Lamb has completed commissions for The Bodleian Library, The Scottish Government and Scottish Opera as well as taking part in international residencies and workshops.

Working from her studio in North Berwick, Scotland, jewellery designer Hannah specialises in creating bespoke jewellery pieces that reflect life’s personal stories.

Inspired by the rugged beauty of nature and the idea that jewellery can encapsulate the cherished moments of our lives, Hannah’s pieces reflect coastlines, skylines and landscapes of special significance to each of us.

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Hannah has created numerous custom pieces from white gold wedding rings that speak of long distance love from different shores to silver cufflinks that represent a particular city or place.

From intricate hand-piercing to painstaking cut-outs, Hannah consistently captures unique pieces of jewellery with the highest level of craftsmanship and experience. We are delighted that Hannah has tailored her range for Watermark Gallery to feature the beautiful North Yorkshire coast in her range of silver coastline jewellery which can be seen on this website as well as in our Gallery in Harrogate.

Find out more about Hannah Louise Lamb here.

Hannah Louise Lamb, jewellery designer in her studio

Jewellery

Emily Higham

Emily Higham is a contemporary Jeweller who uses the process of enamelling to explore colour and pattern within jewellery. Using a combination of industrial liquid enamel layered over vitreous enamel, Emily creates delicate and aesthetical jewellery pieces that are inspired by the beautiful colours and patterns of honeycomb and the shapes and layers found within beehives.

Emily graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2016 with a BA(Hons) in Jewellery and Silversmithing and in 2017, won the Guild of Enamellers bursary award. Since then, she has been developing and expanding her collection from her studio at home in Preston, Lancashire.

‘Beehives and the beautiful gradient colours of honey and honeycomb inspire my jewellery. I take inspiration from the rectangular shapes of beehive boxes and the layers they are built upon, stacked in a neat uniform line above each other, contrasted with the organic unpredictability of how the honeycomb itself grows and forms around the frames within the hive boxes. These layers are then translated into formed metal and enamel. Resembling the layers built up within beehive boxes, both within the outside of the box and the rectangular slots hidden inside, the enamelling process itself is mainly about layering. One layer of enamel is fired on top of another, thus the process goes on. This process allows me to build up gradient layers of colours, marks and surface patterns which are then drawn into, fired repeatedly and layered together to reveal a collection of unpredictable marks and arrays of colour.’

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Emily Higham

Jewellery

Naomi James

Noami James has always loved making things and has been making jewellery since she was 14, when a jewellery workshop opened in Lewes, Naomi started evening classes. Naomi says she knew it was what she wanted to do straight away and cannot imagine doing anything else!

Naomi went on to study jewellery at Middlesex Polytechnic, from where she had work experience with Sarah Jordan and at the Royal College of Art. After college Naomi worked at Jess James just off Carnaby Street before 18 months spent travelling gathering stones and inspiration for starting her own business.

Since then Naomi James has enjoyed working in several shared workshops and has been at Rose Hill in Brighton for the last 19 years. Naomi feels it is fantastic to be surrounded by a group of creative people who produce a wide range of different work, who are there to help and inspire one another. Naomi has been a regular exhibitor at Dazzle exhibitions since she graduated college and very much enjoyed her time managing the London exhibition when it was at the Royal National Theatre in London. Naomi James also travels around the country to sell at various high quality craft shows where she loves showing her work alongside an amazing assortment of quality makers.

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She has always designed as she works, allowing the making process to inspire the final design. Many of Naomi’s designs use real leaves, plant structures and feathers to create natural textures on silver giving her work a ‘found’ quality- almost as if the pieces were produced by a natural process. She particularly likes the contrasting textures of different plants which are all combined into one piece of jewellery and are complemented with touches of recycled 18 carat gold.

Naomi also makes unique hand pierced colourful semi- precious stone rings. Although it is not possible to have fully traceable semi precious gems she uses small scale suppliers with an ethical approach to sourcing their stones. Her pieces are all made by hand in her Brighton studio.

Learn more about Naomi here.

Naomi James in her studio

Jewellery

Annabet Wyndham

Annabet Wyndham is a professional jeweller and silversmith who is based in the Rose Hill studios in Brighton.

Annabet specialises in making small functional pieces using primary materials silver and vitreous enamel. She also uses painted and shaped plywood in her designs. Her most recent work is inspired by still-life especially those of artists such as William Scott.

Annabet Wyndham Jeweller at her Bench

Jewellery

Amy Wilkinson

Having graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2003 with First Class Honours in Three Dimensional Design, Amy Wilkinson has continued to design and hand-make jewellery using precious metals.

Amy is based in Manchester where she has a studio at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre. She has created a number of collections and continues to experiment and develop new work. Her main inspiration is driven from layering and drawing simple forms to build intricate three dimensional structures that play with shape and shadows.

Watermark Gallery is delighted to include Amy’s Abstract Butterfly Collection as part of it’s current range. As Amy says, “These delicate arrangements of small silver pieces have been flattened, distorted, textured, folded and soldered together, to resemble clusters of butterflies. The simple abstract shapes and the textured surfaces play with light and shadow to create a fluttering effect when worn”.

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When she is not in her studio, Amy uses metal work skills as an armature maker at Mackinnon & Saunders making stop-motion animation puppets in films such as The Corpse Bride, Fantastic Mr Fox, Frankenweenie and ParaNorman and the Sainsbury Christmas Advert 2016. She has also helped create children’s TV programs such as, Postman Pat, The Clangers, Twirly Woos, Raa Raa and Tobys Travelling Circus.

Amy Wilkinson Jeweller

Jewellery

Hannah Bedford

Hannah Bedford skilfully combines the ancient art of granulation with design innovation for a contemporary signature look. Influenced by organic growth and the ever-changing movement of water, Hannah cultivates new ways to embellish her pieces with delicate droplets of gold. Contrasting precious metals add tone and richness to Hannah’s aesthetic.

Sculptural waves may be joined in whorls of gold granulation, where ocean-toned sapphires are artfully nestled. Or fine granulation may interlace between surfaces, linking necklaces and bangles, embellishing delicate earrings and weaving across engagement and wedding rings. Minute granules may be embedded with exquisite diamond detailing or hidden surfaces covered with delicate granulation. A beautiful secret unbeknown to all but the wearer.

Focused on growing her ethical credentials, Hannah Bedford offers Fairtrade and recycled precious metal options as well as certified ethical diamonds and gems. Each piece is meticulously handcrafted in her studio at Cockpit Arts  in London, where Hannah also works with clients, to create beautiful bespoke commissions.

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Hannah lives and works in South London with her partner and two young children.

See more of Hannah Bedford’s work here.

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