SEONAID RAFFERTY

Graduated from Edinburgh College of Art 2010. Work inspired by antique lace.

 

Artist's Statement

My work has developed from a passion for antique lace and the intricate processes involved in its creation. I am drawn to the beautiful linear patterns of this material and intrigued by the incredible fragility of older lace which has already begun to deteriorate. It is the extreme delicacy and unexpected beauty found in fabrics gentle decay and disintegration which I aim to capture within my jewellery. By combining etching and sewing techniques I have created a series of striking pieces which portray these qualities with an aura of gentle tactility and preciousness; capturing the essence of this exquisite material in sheet metal. My work with precious metal wire explores a different approach, translating lace’s linear patterns into more sculptural forms which maintain this underlying sense of vulnerability.
I am fascinated by the use of lace in the extravagant collars and cuffs of previous centuries; impressively beautiful, yet completely impractical. I enjoy creating a similar impression through my jewellery’s interaction with the body.

Further Images

Ruffled Armpiece

Ruffled Armpiece

Fabric Study Brooch

Fabric Study Brooch

The fluid movement of the metal components mimics the versatility of flowing fabric.

Lace Wrap

Lace Wrap


Lace Wrap

Lace Wrap

Lace Neckline

Lace Neckline

Lace Neckline, Back View

Lace Neckline, Back View


Elongated Choker

Elongated Choker

Yellowed Lace Brooch

Yellowed Lace Brooch

Yellowed Lace Brooch

Yellowed Lace Brooch


Fabric Study Brooch

Fabric Study Brooch

Fabric Study Brooch

Fabric Study Brooch

Decadence Ring

Decadence Ring


Decadence Ring

Decadence Ring

Decadence Ring Two

Decadence Ring Two

Decadence Ring Two

Decadence Ring Two


Cuff Ring

Cuff Ring

Exploring the linear qualities of lace patterns in a 3 dimensional representation of the fabric, 'Cuff Ring' is then transformed on the body into an extravagantly layered fabric cuff.

Cuff Ring; Alternate View

Cuff Ring; Alternate View

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