JENNY LAIDLAW

Working predominatly with iron wire and precious metals Jenny Laidlaw creates jewellery inspired by the decaying forms found in nature. She is a recent graduate from Edinburgh College of Art’s Masters programme.

etched brooch jenny Laidlaw

Artist's Statement

 

Jenny Laidlaw is a jeweller captivated by the ideas of time and memory. No use in crying over spilt milk explores the beauty of the impermanent, imperfect and incomplete.
 
Braided iron wire and silver form decaying fragments that continue to age and rust, staining the wearer’s clothing with sepia memories of what was once present. These imprinted reminders reflect the images and personal experiences Jenny selects and isolates in her jewellery. She recreates those that are most fleeting: the minor and hidden, the subtle and evanescent. The viewer must look closely at the work to discover the intimate details, such as the glint of yellow gold hidden within the rusting strands of wire that are only visible when worn against the skin.
 
Shards of etched metal and moss encased in a fragile shell of enamel are found scattered throughout the collection, to serve as further reminders that nothing lasts forever. This collection requires acceptance of the fact that jewellery alters, breaks apart, changes colour. Time leaves scars, erodes, and ultimately turns everything to dust. No use in crying over spilt milk captures this essential fragility of materials, memory, and mortality.

Further Images

Long Necklace - No use in crying over spilt milk

Long Necklace - No use in crying over spilt milk

14ct gold, iron

Large earrings

Large earrings

silver

Long necklace

Long necklace

silver, iron, garnets


Iron pendant

Iron pendant

silver, iron. garnets

Iron earrings

Iron earrings

oxidised silver, iron, garnets

Small necklace

Small necklace

silver


Link earrings

Link earrings

silver, iron

Braided necklace

Braided necklace

silver, iron

Rusted Brooch - No use in crying over spilt milk

Rusted Brooch - No use in crying over spilt milk

Silver, oxidised copper, iron wire 19 x 3 x 2cm


Exhibitions


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