In 2016, Elements Festival featured over 45 jewellery makers from all over the UK. A number of the exhibitors were from Scotland and many of them found inspiration directly in the Scottish landscape that surrounds them.

 

hamish-dobbieHamish Dobbie
Hamish Dobbie graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2013 and has been making a name for himself in the silversmithing sphere ever since.  Much of his work has been inspired by the rugged landscape in Western Scotland. In 2013 Hamish designed a goblet that won the Incorporation of Goldsmith’s Outstanding Scottish Student of the Year Award and he was paired with renowned silversmith John Creed to produce the dramatic piece. The goblet is inspired by Fingal’s Cave on Staffa and features numerous hexagonal silver structures which imitate the famous basalt columns.

 

 

 

eileen-gatt-2Eileen Gatt
Eileen draws inspiration from the Polar wilderness and Inuit culture, Scottish folklore, and the small fishing communities found along Scotland’s East Coast.
The Highlands, with its rich cultural heritage, exquisite wildlife and diverse landscapes has long since been Eileen’s main source of inspiration. The soft frosty finishes that adorn her work echo snowy wintery landscapes and the fishing villages that surround the shores provide a rich source of ideas, both visually and historically.

 

 

 

heather-mcdermott-hanging-disc-earringsHeather McDermott
Heather McDermott describes her hometown of Skye as a ‘treasure trove of unique objects’. She is inspired by its changing tidelines and the way the sea collects and discards items from the urban environment, giving items different identities along the way. Her most recent collection ‘Tidal Surge’ includes pieces such as ‘Stacking Creel Bangles’ and ‘Buoy’ pendants and earrings.

 

 

 

 

gilly-langton-ombre-necklaceGilly Langton
Jeweller Gilly Langton is based in the fishing village of Plockton. She is inspired by the ‘aqua seas and heather covered hills’ of her surroundings, which are reflected in the bold use of her colour in her contemporary pieces. Gilly uses hand dyed elastics with precious metals to create striking pieces of jewellery.

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