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Fi Tilbury

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Artwork for Fi Tilbury

chalcedony ring

bead and leaf necklace



diamond bangle

Ivy Chalcedony earrings

platter pendant

ivy dangle earrings


How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I started my jewellery making journey about fifteen years ago; beginning with textiles and glass beads but then swiftly moving on to working with and manipulating silver. I now produce unique, handmade jewellery pieces which are mostly made in silver, incorporating precious stones and hints of gold. My jewellery is inspired by the style of ancient and archaeological pieces and natural forms and aspires to have a very handmade and almost 'dug up' look. I almost feel that my own mixed heritage background subconsciously filters into my designs. Most of the work has been hand forged but more recently I've been using the lost wax casting process. Vibrant colour always plays a large part in both my painting and jewellery. Although I mainly make jewellery, I trained in fine art (painting) and now I also occasionally take on portrait commissions. I feel that my fine art background strongly informs the jewellery I make and some of the colour choices when selecting bead combinations.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

I always knew that I was going to 'do' art from a very young age. When I was a child I was always making, drawing and learning new things and so for me being an artist is part of being me. I have taken different routes and journeys starting with fine art, moving onto teaching where I taught textiles, ceramics, painting, graphics and other disciplines. Now my direction is firmly in making jewellery although I do like to continue some painting.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I am primarily a jeweller but I have a fine art background so I also am a portrait artist

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I work full time as a jewellery maker and painter alongside taking various workshops at my studio. Having been head of art at a sixth college I now work as a an assessment associate and examiner for two exam boards.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

Foundation - Fine Art - Heatherley School of Fine Art
Ba (hons) Fine Art Painting - Bath College of Higher Education (Bath School of Art)
PGCE Art & Design Secondary - UCL

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

Worcestershire Open Studios
Bevere Gallery - permanent collection of my jewellery
Various fairs in the area
Studio 4 open to the public at the Fold, Bransford

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Bevere Gallery
Elske Jewellery (I have removed my work temporarily)

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