I am a contemporary jeweller, living and making work in Edinburgh at The Precious Metals Workshop, having graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2018. My current work, building on my degree show collection, is based on abstract mark-making, inspired by the spontaneous compositions of debris washed up on beaches along the East Coast of Scotland.
I find beauty in the ephemeral, imperfect formations created by natural processes, such as the tide. The impermanence of these - as they will be removed and replaced by the sea - only adds to their beauty. My drawings (based on these ‘formations’) are mixed media, using mark-making to develop abstract pieces, which reflect the random way that compositions are created by natural processes. The jewellery that results from these drawings is intended to appear as abstract mark-making on the body, ornamenting people as random debris ornaments the landscape. They are sculptural forms subverting traditional ideas of beauty, to create jewellery that is imperfect and sensual.
I use techniques such as enamelling, etching, and patination to create a subtle, muted colour palette that focuses on depth of texture and tone. Enamelling in particular is used to create tactile forms through under-firing onto copper mesh, and to create abstract patterns as cloisonné on sheet. I also use a wire inlay technique combining precious and base metals, to create drawings directly into sheet.
Lyndsay Hamilton Fairley
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