Jewellery

I started making jewellery after I finished my MA in London. I lived in a small flat in Sheperds Bush and couldn`t afford a studio, so I didn`t have the luxury of being able to make room sized installations, so needed to make something small! Jewellery seemed like the perfect solution, so I joined a jewellery-making course with a friend and we giggled our way through it…After this course I continued to experiment and it gradually became part of my practice. The following year I went to New Zealand for three months for an artists` residency at an art centre near Wellington. It was here I spent three blissful months developing my jewellery practice

When I first came to live in the rainy, but very lovely, city of Manchester, my childhood friend and I set up our own accessory studio Ellie and Lou in the Manchester Craft and Design Centre. I now make from my lovely studio at home near Manchester.

I now use laser cutting technology to create unique and delicate shapes that I then layer, playing with depth. I use different materials like; walnut, acrylic, feathers, ribbon and fabric. The pieces often connect to a certain places that evoke a nostalgic elegance, often using an art deco palette to hand paint each piece. I am inspired by architecture in particular art deco interiors, as well as craft techniques, such as quilling and decoupage. I exhibit my collections in various places and galleries such as Yorkshire Sculpture Park and they are stocked widely; featuring in British Vogue as well as popular blogs like Creative Review etc.

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Jewellery blog


La Dolce Vita collection…


I have begun creating my next collection, (which has been a long time coming; mainly due to the birth of my beautiful daughter!), the original inspiration came from a trip to Rome a few years ago now. I want my new collection to embrace colour, (I`m experimenting with a much bolder palette than I ever have before!). It`s going to made from laser cut faux leather, ribbon, feathers and brass….

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Back in the studio at last!…


The last six months have been so busy I`ve not had nearly as much time as I`d have liked in my studio, mainly because I`ve started a post graduate course in Integrative Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy has been a passion for a long time and I`m amazed how closely creativity and Psychotherapy are linked. My experience of my Psychotherapy course so far has been AMAZING, life changing, challenging, enlightening…..these words don`t even begin to describe it…I`ll share more when  the words come to me…but now I have some time in my studio over summer, which is bliss!

I`ve been laser cutting card and experimenting with different patterns…..

ExperimentingI like to be hands on when I`m designing, so I`m experimenting with this new way of designing, so some of these shapes might end up being mirrors, jewellery etc. Here are some of my favourites….

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I`m also in the process of creating some circular pictures made from coloured mount board and japanese paper this design inspired by Port Meirion….

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My task over summer is to create my new collection Dolce Vita, which is going to made from walnut, mirrored perspex and frosted perspex. I`m really excited at the beautiful colours the perspex comes in…

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