Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Jewellery Showcase - Elin Horgan

Inspired by abstract forms and bold geometric shapes, Elin works predominantly in silver to make simple, striking jewellery.
Her work incorporates repeated motifs to create three dimensional pieces that move with the wearer, as well as the application of texture through embossing and using hammering techniques.
She aims to create beautiful and unique, design-led collections that can be worn every day, but last forever.

We asked her a few questions...

Okay, let’s start with an introduction…tell us something interesting about yourself and give us the quick lowdown on the Jewellery you make.
I work mainly in silver to make simple and striking jewellery. I’m inspired by abstract forms and bold geometric shapes and use repeated motifs to create three dimensional structures that move with the wearer.

Can you tell us about your design process? Does it start with an idea, a vision, a material…? 
I have A4 notebooks crammed full of photos, postcards, magazine and newspaper clippings that I’ve collected over the years and often flicking through these will spark an idea. I then doodle incessantly until a vision starts to take hold. My Geometrics collection was initially inspired by a photo I took through the centre of a ferris wheel.

Can you remember the first piece you ever designed? 
Yes! It was a little hammered silver heart on a chain. I still have it and wear it occasionally.

What objects, people, places or spaces influence and inspire you? 
Anything and everything really. It might be the way the light catches a leaf on a tree to something as seemingly mundane as the pattern on a drain cover! I’m particularly drawn to the urban landscape - interesting buildings and industrial architecture provide endless inspiration.

Your designs are bold, standout pieces, does this reflect your personal style? 
Funnily enough I don’t wear much jewellery myself, but I have a weakness for statement necklaces and love strong angular forms.

What do you do when you’re not making jewellery? Or is it a full-time job? 
My non-jewellery making time is mostly spent running around after an energetic two year old!

What’s the single best piece of advice you can give to someone starting out in Jewellery Design?
Don’t try and appeal to everybody. Not everyone will like what you do and that’s fine, but stick to your vision and persevere and you’ll find people that love your designs.

Here's a little look at just some of the pieces we will be showing in the Jewellery Showcase this week.
If that's whetted your appetite come and join us on the opening night (Thursday 5th December from 5.30 - 8pm) and all throughout December.

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