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Helen Jewellery

June 14, 2011

Next on the agenda is Helen Chalmers! Helen is another student from Duncan of Jordanstone! Her degree show was a couple of weeks ago and this is what she was up to.

Helen is someone you might recognise if you follow my blog. Helen’s illustrations have featured here before, but it’s a first for her jewellery.

Helen has let her Edinburgh roots slowly influence her jewellery. Taking the urban decay of buildings, places, environments (especially graveyards) and translating it into little feasts for the eyes. She then began noticing the beauty in abandoned buildings and structures around her.

” I know a lot of people believe abandoned factories and graffiti to be ‘an eyesore’, but really, I think it just shows its weathered and alive in a way. Weeds grow, spray paint adds colour, peeling paint and cracks in the wall add texture. This is the feeling I want to capture in my work.”

Helen started to play around with materials in 3rd/4th year where she discovered glass! Playing with colour, texture and form, Helen worked to create pieces that transformed her sketches into the physical.

“My work is concerned with the fragility of neglected urban environments.”

I’m so glad Helen found a way to incorporate her illustrations into her work. I love the way that Helen draws, I’m always attracted to sketchy, inky drawings.

Helen has perfected lampworking glass! So much so she set up her own etsy shop in the midst of her studies. Helen must have her business head screwed on. Whilst working on her degree show she has already got her foot in the door for when she finishes. A clever move!


Helen’s Plans for the Future:

Exhibiting at New Designers

29th-2nd July

Up-Coming collaborative exhibition in Edinburgh


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Helen will be moving to Edinburgh in September where she will continue working on her glass in her amazing little workshop space and is looking to see her work in many galleries and retail spaces. So keep your eyes peeled :)

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