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Returning Elements designer, Yvonne Gilhooly, stopped by to share the source of her jewellery obsession and inspiration.

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Hex Series. Earrings. 18ct yellow gold. Silver. Oxidised silver.
An exploration of line, form and the void.

 

Hi Yvonne, we are very pleased to welcome you back to Elements! Can you tell us a bit about your creative process and how you come to make the finished piece?

My practice follows a cycle of research, design development and finally at the bench making. I value the process, the ritual of repetition, the rhythm, every slight shift allowing new thoughts to occur.

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Yvonne making her endless Daba necklace for a client.

 

It sounds like visual poetry! What about your sources of inspiration?

Yes, definitely. I strive to achieve a quality of stillness, to create pieces which capture a moment, a pause… my attempt to create a visual haiku. I strive to make unique, one-off pieces that are more than a mere adornment. Pieces with thought provoking qualities which allow the viewer to make a connection. This is how my pieces respond to the materials and distill the essence of my inspirations into tangible objects. Collectors of my work all allude to this quality.

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The Cover Page of Yvonne’s booklet

 

These are definitely pieces that tell a story. What is your advice to makers who want to better convey the story of their creations?

Everybody’s story is unique. My story is best told in my recently published booklet of inspirations, which I include with every sold piece.

The book consists of photographs, words, works in progress and finished jewels.

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Pages from Yvonne’s booklet of jewellery and inspiration

 

The book is a jewel in itself and here we have included the first pages. We are curious to hear about your experience during the days of Elements last year.

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Pages from Yvonne’s booklet

 

Thank you. Exhibiting with Elements 2 was a highlight for me, not least as it was in my hometown of Edinburgh.

The inspiring Lyon and Turnbull showrooms and the professional, knowledgeable and enthusiastic organisers made for a unique event.

Customer feedback and sales confirmed the public felt the same. We were all delighted to have such a high-quality event in Edinburgh.

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Pages from Yvonne’s booklet

 

What is this year holding for you? Where can we spot your works?

2017 looks like being another exciting year. I will be exhibiting at the Goldsmiths’ Fair again between 26 September and 8 October. And I am very much looking forward to returning to Elements 3 in November.

Get in touch with Yvonne via yvonnegilhooly@yahoo.co.uk and follow her on Instagram and Facebook. Check out her website for more inspirational pieces!

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