ALISON MACLEOD

Graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2003 with a first class Honors. Now based in Glasgow. Won award for Best Jeweller at The Contemporary Carft Fair in Bovey Tracey 2008. Outlets include Gill Wing London, the Ruthin Craft Centre Wales, Sienna Gallery Massachusetts USA and Imah Ro Seoul South Korea.

About Alison

The aesthetic of my jewellery was initially informed by my photographs and abstract drawings of Edinburgh junk shops. The ideas within these chaotic collections have fuelled me ever since. Contrasting materials and textures sit together in tranquil chaos. Brass door knobs lie among worn hammers and plastic buttons. I find the jumble exhilarating but I am equally fascinated by the individual objects. I love to imagine the stories connected to each discarded artefact. The mysterious narratives of peoples’ pasts are suggested by the dents and scratches on each piece. The junk shop becomes a museum of memories. 

Jewellery has traditionally been used to keep the memory of a loved one close to the heart. A young Victorian lady keeps a lock of her fiancé’s hair in a gold locket in his absence. As time passes the keepsake is passed down from mother to daughter and so on through the generations building layer upon layer of significance. Through my use of traditional shapes such as the cameo I reference jewellery’s significance and its intrinsic connection to memories.

Through using a wide range of materials, techniques and imagery I reflect the eclectic nature of my subject matter in a quirky way. By finely soldering silver beaded wire into clusters I reference the intense decoration found in Victorian jewellery. My silver clusters are saturated with tiny curios of different textures and colours like in a junk shop. To create this variety I combine techniques such as individual wax casting, sheet silver piercing, reticulation, stone setting and bead stringing. These techniques allow me to combine silver and gold with semi precious stones and found objects to create thought provoking pieces.

Further Images

Victoriana Necklace

Victoriana Necklace

(silver, amazonite, aventurine, chalcedony, tigertail cord)

Long Fragments Necklace

Long Fragments Necklace

(silver, aventurine, amazonite, garnet, smoky quartz)

M.O.P. Studs

M.O.P. Studs

(silver, antique mother of pearl buttons, bra bits)


Mini Cluster Earrings

Mini Cluster Earrings

(silver, amazonite, aventurine)

Arch Ring

Arch Ring

(silver, amazontie, dyed blue agate, moonstone)

Berries Pendant with Amazonite and Aventurine

Berries Pendant with Amazonite and Aventurine

(silver, amazonite, aventurine, bra bits)


Berries Pendant with Aventurine and Garnet

Berries Pendant with Aventurine and Garnet

(silver, aventurine, garnet, bra bits)

Berries Pendant with Smoky Quartz and Amazonite

Berries Pendant with Smoky Quartz and Amazonite

(silver, smoky quartz, amazonite, bra bits)

Berried Pendant with Smoky Quartz and Garnet

Berried Pendant with Smoky Quartz and Garnet

(silver, smoky quartz, garnet, bra bits)


Garnet Cluster Earrings

Garnet Cluster Earrings

(silver, garnet)

Cluster Earrings with Amazonite and Avneturine

Cluster Earrings with Amazonite and Avneturine

(silver, amazonite, aventurine)

Small Cameo Pendant with Garnet Berries

Small Cameo Pendant with Garnet Berries

(silver, garnet)


Birds Nest Studs

Birds Nest Studs

(silver)

Cameo Catch Studs

Cameo Catch Studs

(silver)

Just Like Little Pearls Studs

Just Like Little Pearls Studs

(silver)


Medium Cameo Pendant with Amazonite and Aventurine Berries

Medium Cameo Pendant with Amazonite and Aventurine Berries

(silver, amazonite, aventurine)

Garnet Fairytail Earrings

Garnet Fairytail Earrings

(silver, garnet)

Double Cameo Pendant

Double Cameo Pendant

(silver, amazonite, smoky quartz)


Fancy Cameo Earrings with Amazonite and Aventurine

Fancy Cameo Earrings with Amazonite and Aventurine

(silver, amazonite, aventurine)

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