Birds collection

My latest collection is made in dyed and textured aluminium with silver details. Each piece of jewellery is a composition, a window into a fantasy world where plants grow up the wall like wallpaper and swallows fly past chandeliers.

I explore thoughts about freedom and identity, with compositions of shapes from wallpaper, architecture, and historical fashions. One off pieces are also inspired by Victorian jewellery and war medals.

I am intrigued by how we adorn ourselves, the way we communicate through dress, and how we view each other.

I am also interested in our expectations and assumptions about jewellery - what it should be made of and how it should be worn.


I use dyed aluminium and silver to create a range of textures and contrasts in colour. The processes I use to dye and texture the aluminium mean that no two pieces are the same.

The colour varies each time, and the tactile pattern is applied to each piece individually to create different effects and combinations. Sometimes a dove is soaring high in an ornately decorated ballroom, or a seagull hovers against a background of wispy clouds in an open sky, and at other times a blackbird flies past wild flowers rambling up an old wall.

All these effects can be achieved by using different sections of pattern and then positioning the bird according to to the mood created.

Read more about my previous collections: Jewellery Quarter (2006) and Leamington Spa (2004).

About me

1981 > Born April Stock in Dorset, UK.

2003 > BA (hons) Jewellery Design, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University

October 2003 > Moved to shared workshop at Jane Moore Contemporary Jewellery, Leamington Spa.

July 2004 > Awarded grant by the Arts Council England.

July 2005 > Married and moved to Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

Recent exhibitions

June 2003 > Ignition, BCUC, High Wycombe, UK

July 2003 > New Designers, Islington, London

February 2004 > Spotlight exhibition at Jane Moore Contemporary Jewellery, Leamington Spa, UK

July 2004 > One Year On at New Designers, Islington, London

September 2004 > NewFORMations at Form at the Lighthouse, Glasgow

October 2004 > Pick of the Crop at Turning Heads Contemporary Jewellery, Brighton, UK

October 2004 > Chelsea Crafts Fair 25th anniversary window display, Canary Wharf, London

October 2004 > Chelsea Crafts Fair 2004, London

November 2004 > The Architecture Centre, Bristol, UK

November 2004 > The Gallery Upstairs at Torquil Pottery, 81 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, UK

Nov–Dec 2004 > Crafts for Christmas, Platform Gallery, Clitheroe, UK

Nov–Dec 2004 > Wish List, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, UK

Nov 2004 – Feb 2005 > Christmas Jewellery Exhibition, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK

Jan–Mar 2005 > The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK

April 2005 > British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate, UK

Apr–Jul 2005 > Showcase exhibition, The Jelly Leg'd Chicken Arts Centre, Reading, UK

May 2005 > Dazzle, Glasgow

June 2005 > Showcase exhibition, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK

Jul–Sep 2005 > Showcase exhibition, Sanderson George & Peach, Holmfirth, UK

August 2005 > Dazzle, Edinburgh

Aug–Oct 2005 > Rarefind, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, UK

October 2005 > Bewitched, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham, UK

November 2005 > Lustre, Nottingham, UK

Nov–Dec 2005 > Dazzle, Manchester, UK

Nov–Dec 2005 > Top Dressing, Model House Craft and Design Centre, Llantrisant, UK

Nov–Dec 2005 > Winter Wonderland III, The March Hare Craft Gallery, Ripon, UK

Nov 2005 – Feb 2006 > Secrets and Lives by Jill Randall, Wollaton Hall & Park, Nottingham, UK

Nov 2005 – Jun 2006 > Sparkle, Gallery Top, Matlock, UK

Jan–Feb 2006 > Showcase exhibition, Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews, UK

April 2006 > British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate, UK

Apr–Jun 2006 > Showcase exhibition, Rufford Craft Centre, Newark, UK

July 2006 > Summer exhibition, The Workshop at Jonathan Swan, Lewes, UK

September 2006 > Design Pavillion, International Jewellery London, London

Nov–Dec 2006 > Christmas exhibition, Bowie & Hulbert, Hereford, UK

Nov–Dec 2006 > Brooch The Subject 2, Mike Gell, Hereford, UK

Nov–Dec 2007 > Centrepiece, Birmingham Town Hall, UK

Nov 2007 – Jan 2008 > Flux, Birmingham School of Jewellery, UK

November 2008 > MADE08, Brighton, UK

Nov–Dec 2008 > Centrepiece, Birmingham Symphony Hall, UK

June 2009 > The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey, Devon, UK

November 2009 > MADE09, Brighton, UK

December 2009 > Made By Hand, Bath, UK

October 2010 > Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester, UK

For more details of current and forthcoming exhibitions, see how to buy.

Press releases

21 September 2004 Leamington jeweller selected for Chelsea Crafts Fair [PDF 276kB]
29 June 2004 Launch of new collection at One Year On at New Designers 2004 [PDF 78kB]

© 2004–2010 April Neate > > Photography by Richard Neate >