This stunning new collection of anodized aluminium jewellery direct from the studios of Hazel Atkinson Jewellery is poised to set the austere days of 2011 alight in a blaze of colour.
Hazel has evolved to become a leading practitioner in and art of dying, fixing and transforming base aluminium into fabulous designs and fantastic colour. The idea of ‘Natural Selection’ is to create a whole new range where only the strongest and boldest colours and designs survive the selective creative process.
Each uniquely hand painted piece is rooted in a floral design and explodes with vibrant colour. ‘Natural Selection’ has evolved through a painstaking process of experimentation and elimination using various dying, printing and painting techniques to finally produce a collection of strong vivid colours and intricate patterns.
Each piece is designed and hand crafted in Hazel’s Nottingham studio.
Della Clark, designer and maker of sterling silver jewellery.
The main body of Della’s work is focused on simple contemporary styles. Her aim is to create ‘real’, wearable everyday jewellery.
“When I create I make simple contemporary designs which sometimes emerge into something different along the way.”
She is more influenced by state of mind rather than visual things and has been researching emotional design which has culminated in her most recent ranges.
Emotional design explores the idea that the way something looks, feels and gives pleasure is just as important in design as function. It is design on a visceral level that Della likes to base her work on, getting an instinctive reaction from her design, something that immediately pleases and that makes you feel good.
Rachel's jewellery is made from polyester resin and aluminium, sometimes with a hint of silicone rubber. Gathering inspiration from all things colourful and simplistic, the process which Rachel uses to make her work involves machining aluminium bar and tube on a lathe, creating engineered items of adornment. (A skill she kindly thanks her Father, an engineer, for teaching her.) From there she hand casts resin within the aluminium and once cured polishes to a high gloss finish.
An important element of her work is colour. She is fascinated by the hues that plants, marine life and tropical fruit provide. She has always wanted her work to provoke a reaction and wants whoever is viewing it not just to look at it from behind a cabinet door. She wants people to explore her work, touch and feel it. She believes there is nothing worse than being told you can't touch something.
Frances started making silver jewellery in the 1990s whilst still exhibiting and selling her print work. Her interest in working primarily with metal has gradually exceeded the printed image, however she applies the same skills and interests in drawing, acid etching and use of textures to her work - now just on a smaller scale.She oxidises much of her silver work, and then rubs pieces down in order to bring out the surface marks, in a similar way that a printing plate is prepared with ink before going through the press.
She works from her studio at home and her jewellery is primarily inspired by her garden, flowers, vegetables and hens. A characteristic of her collections is that many pieces have individual components - birds have their own identities, flowers all differ slightly, and this means that the wearer has something unique
Annette Yoosefinejad studied Visual Communication at Goldsmith’s College, London, developing an interest in strong, bold colour. She returned several years later to study silversmithing but the draw of colour pulled her away from metalworking towards glass.
Made simply with shapes of glass or densely textured with seed beads, the jewellery is all about colour.
She makes all the jewellery herself. The larger beads she works with are hand made, some lined with silver or gold leaf. Other beads come from bead fairs, junk shops or directly from other bead makers, but all are chosen for their vibrant colours or quirky style. Buttons have come from shirts or old button collections, and the odd stone comes from the beach!