Leamington Spa collection
Working in silver, I create jewellery on the theme of
the house. My work is about security and comfort, exploration and
adventure. This collection has been inspired by my current surroundings
in Royal Leamington Spa.
Architecture and dolls houses fascinate me. Keys and keyholes speak
of secret gardens and locked rooms to be explored. Ladders and
stairs beg to be climbed, windows looked through.
My work is often a response to something
highly decorative, but final pieces become stronger as I simplify
them. One theme in this
collection is the patterns in Leamington’s decorative masonry
and wrought iron work. These pieces are my response to beauty in
architecture and how it can affect the way we feel.
Houses are the epitome of personal space, containing
our lives and the things we collect. Our homes are hopefully safe
places; warm, and familiar.
I am interested in architecture and fascinated particularly by
doorways and windows; the apertures that lead us to what is inside.
As a child I loved going on trips to castles and old houses,
searching for hidden passages and climbing spiral staircases.
When I was little, my parents made me a dolls house. I was fascinated
by all the miniature pieces of furniture and pots and pans
all slightly out of scale with one another. I wanted to shrink
and step inside.
Another childhood pleasure was the satisfaction
of posting a letter. Even now, I love to hear an envelope slip
through its own
within a door and sit there on the mat just waiting to be opened…
Houses feature regularly in the artwork
of my six year old sister. The Holly’s house pieces were created
in response to those drawings.
A child’s fascination with houses points to how important it is
for us to have a safe place where we belong. These drawings are about
more than the bricks and mortar: they encompass an emotional meaning
too. Where some would draw a distinction between houses and homes,
I am much more interested exploring the connection between the two.
Another series of pieces is about my response to the
beauty in my architectural surroundings. They distill something of
how our built
environment affects our mood and well-being. Every day as I walk
to work I seem to find something new to cheer me or inspire me.
The beauty is not purely aesthetic, however: the intricate
wrought iron balconies and grand doorways are a link with the past. I
often wonder about the people who must once have inhabited the same Regency
streets that are now part of the fabric of my own daily life.