Artwork for Sarah Kinnersley
Pebble forged bracelet
Deep pool ring
Stepping Stone necklace
My pieces are inspired by materials found in nature, often near my studio in the countryside in the heart of England or from the beaches in the South where I grew up. Creative textures from natural materials in silver and gold, combined with themes and stories that resonate, are my signature. These coupled with contemporary design and organic fabrication techniques result in unique, one of a kind pieces, which I like to think harness a little of nature's restorative energy to carry with us.
Skylark Jewellery is earthed in strong eco-credentials. Almost all my work is made with 100% recycled sterling silver and gold, and ethically stones sourced. Each piece is individually made with love and respect for our natural world. My vision is to create jewellery which celebrates the energy of nature, makes you feel good, yet doesn’t ‘cost’ the earth.
I make a range of pieces from small, limited editions to one of a kind larger work, with prices for different size pockets. I'd love to share in my creative journey, so please do sign up for my monthly email list for news and inspiring stories... www.skylarkjewellery.co.uk
The work I make always tells a story, be-it a quiet reminder of peace, strength and beauty to be found in our natural world or capturing a personal moment in time for a precious commission piece. It is both a challenge and a privilege to listen to your stories, draw out what feels important and translate that into a beautiful piece of jewellery that someone will treasure. Every commissioned piece is accompanied by a letter to the recipient sharing the thought and meaning behind the jewellery. Clients always tell me they treasure the creative journey and the letter as much as the finished piece.
For me as an artist, finding that sweet spot that touches a heart, resonates, relays a message of love, comfort, celebration or memories is something I never tire of. To be able to bring a smile and lift someone, either through commissions or a one-of-a kind-piece that 'sings' to their new owner, is something that drives my artistic practise.
Whether we are bold and fearless, quiet and shy, I believe we all have our own song, so my jewellery is about helping you sing yours.
Handmade, never the same, singing your song…
I’m Sarah, founder of Skylark Jewellery. I create beautiful jewellery that is inspired by the natural world, both coast and countryside and the positive effect it can have on us. I specialise in bespoke commission pieces, created from recycled precious metals and ethically sourced stones. Translating your personal stories into individual pieces of jewellery full of meaning and love. I also create two collections of ready to wear one- of- a- kind jewellery each year, often including 'plein air' practises out 'in the field' working directly with nature.
My collections allow me to explore my creative practise. Being in the outdoors, close to nature, I'm able to observe the finer details and experiment with smithing techniques, pushing the boundaries of what is possible. This often happens directly; be-it forging onto pebbles on a beach, capturing texture and fluid forms or pouring molten gold or silver directly into charcoaled wood from the campfire.
This 'plein-air' way of working brings excitement and energy to my work and almost always something new to the jewellery design. In addition, foraged materials will usually come home to my my studio with me and find their way through a rolling mill or under a forging hammer. I'm always excited to see what new textures and patterns they bring. For me, this direct way of working feels like a wonderful collaboration with Mother Nature.
My love for making began as a child. One of my earliest memories was making a 'sculpture' from blocks of wood at Play school. My Mum kept it for years! This creativity continued throughout my education, culminating in a Degree in Fine Art Sculpture at Falmouth School of Art. The sculptural influence is evident in my jewellery today, driving exploratory practise to create pieces of wearable art.
Take Four Gallery, Ledbury ~ Flora & Fauna group exhibition 2023
Blue Magpie, Malvern ~ Contemporary Crafts Spring Show 2023
The Found Gallery, Dunbar ~ Winter exhibition 2022
Blue Magpie, Malvern ~ Contemporary Crafts Christmas Show 2022
Artist in Residence ~ 2022 The Artists Gallery, Ludlow
Wood & Water ~ online collection 2022
A Pebble in your Pocket ~ online collection 2021
Tidelines ~ 2021 online
Artist in Residence ~ 2021 The Artists Gallery, Ludlow
Various private commissions
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