24th November 2010-26th January 2011

Opalescent blown glass eggs, Capricious carved nut lockets, Ethically sourced sculptural silver and Baroque beauties. Just some of the tempting Earthly Treasures at Gill Wing this season.

Marianne Anderson Inspired by the history of ornament, Marianne Anderson’s jewellery presents a considered exploration of traditional ornamental forms and a refreshingly original interpretation of the decorative.

Working within a restrained palette of oxidised silver, 18ct gold, red garnets and white pearls, she creates luxurious and wearable collections that skilfully reference the human fascination with adornment.

“My interest is rooted in how we learn and draw from the past and return frequently to designs, motifs and patterns of historic and symbolic significance. By purposefully engaging with the past, my aim is to highlight the importance of ornament in a modern context. Far from superfluous, ornament has always had its own vocabulary and meaning and I try to engage with this through my work.”

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Marianne exhibits and sells internationally.

Alena  Asenbryl creates cobweb delicate pieces using hand dyed plastic that is sliced and carved in to bright shards. Her inventive nature has allowed her to exploit the essence of the materials to transform the ordinary in to extraordinary. Her rich colour palette uses vibrant and flattering shades of green, teal and black. She graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2004. Her work has been featured in ‘The Sunday Times’ ‘The Observer’ and ‘The Independent’. Alena currently works from her studio in the Manchester Craft and Design Centre.

For Islington based Ute Decker each object carries a meaning beyond its functional use. Her ethos is influenced by the ancient Japanese philosophy of wabi sabi: as the silence between notes in music is vital, so does the harmony between the created form and the empty space within magnify the intensity of expression in Ute’s sculptural work.

Serene beauty requires discipline, not ostensible splendour – or even perfection. By leaving small marks of the work-process of bending, forming and joining the hand-made quality of crafting remains visible as a humble recognition of our human flaws and imperfections.

Ute is an artist-maker who cares about every aspect of her craft including the materials she uses. Actively engaged in campaigning for ethical ‘good practice’ from mine to jewellery-box, Ute is striving to apply the most sustainable studio practices, using recycled silver and packaging materials, and substituting traditional toxic resins with bio-resins derived from sunflowers.

Her work has been featured in the Financial Times where they named her ‘the architectural jeweller’ and she was tipped in the hot 100 awards as Britain’s most inspirational designer of the year. Ute manipulates the silver in a svelte and sculptural style. Her pure methodology of working the metal reignites the beauty of the material.

Lynne Maclachlan interests lie in harnessing digital technologies and rapid prototyping alongside traditional craft techniques as a method of creating innovative and exciting forms for contemporary design. Lynne’s fusion of processes can be attributed to her previous incarnation as a graduate in Aeronautical Engineering. Radiant pearls are entrapped by architectural silver structures reminiscent of futuristic landscapes.

Lynne graduated from the Royal College of Art this year and has set up her studio in London. She is the recipient of many awards for her designs including the Gil Packard postgraduate Bursary from the Goldsmiths Craft and Design council.

Kim Gillson presents a collection of bold oversized paper beads in primary pigments. She graduated this year from Manchester Metropolitan University and her fresh designs captured our attention at New Designers in Islington.

‘Taking my inspiration from repeat forms, I create refined wearable pieces from a material underrated in its common use – paper. Having explored many types of paper manipulation I found myself particularly inspired by quilling, the traditional art of paper coiling. I became in awe of what an impact such a simple process of coiling a small strip of paper could have when displayed on mass. I experimented with coiling different types of paper and became particularly interested in using corrugated paper as this gave me structure and versatility when coiled.

‘Paper to me is a seemingly everyday material and by using it in new ways, combined with a traditional technique, I feel that my work shows how versatile paper can actually be.’

Rowena Murray’s eclectic jewels include capricious carved nut lockets and girls on pearls. We are delighted to be showing her collection following her successful graduation from the Royal College of Art.

I’m a jeweller, from a craft background, with a bit of luxury & watch design experience thrown in for good measure. These different aspects I like to channel into jewellery and objects that appeal to those from different walks of life.

My work focuses on the qualities of materials and how they act as a communicative device. ‘Materials’ here is a loose term for anything which can become something else. Whether it’s to evoke a memory, an object, a time or a place, each piece has its own story to tell; its own inner world.

I’ve recently finished the jewellery MA course (GSM&J) at the Royal College of Art in London, graduating this year. Now I’m based in my own studio continuing the journey I started there.

Charlotte Valkeniers has spent time studying jewellery design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and then worked towards her BA Honours at Buckinghamshire New University. We discovered her whilst she was exhibiting at this year’s New Designers show in Islington.

She mimics the beauty of biology with her opalescent blown glass jewel eggs. She translates the delicate qualities of glass and translucency of silicone to represent the structures of new life. In contrast her tiny silver sperm necklaces wiggle cheekily on dainty silver chains.

Ruby Browning is an innovative new brand in the world of statement jewellery, launching with this first full collection entitled “Natural Symmetry”.

Inspired by organic forms and bird motifs, the collection includes collars, bracelets, headbands and coat brooches. Uniquely crafted entirely from leather, Ruby combines opulent patent frames with the finest gloving leather; luxurious to touch, each piece is as enjoyable to wear as it is to look at. Ruby’s experience as a buyer in the fashion industry is evident in her enviable eye for colour. All of the pieces come in a sumptuous range of jewel hues. They are soon to be the stylists favourite so get it while it’s hot!