Surrounding myself in the studio with old postcards, letters, photographs, stamps and maps, dating from around 100 years ago, I create one off and limited edition pieces of jewellery and unique collages
I source ephemera that has been separated from their original family ties and could otherwise be discarded as worthless. The handwritten messages from unknown characters leads us to question who they were, and transforming them into new pieces of jewellery preserves these finds, and gives them a new life where they can be treasured again
Interesting sections from the found ephemera are extracted then combined with new handmade metalwork. The metalwork elements are influenced by markings in the found papers, and markings found in our urban environment. Contemporary cityscapes with their layers of history are an inspiration for my work
B a c k g r o u n d
After graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 1997 with a BA (Hons) in Jewellery and Silversmithing, I received a Start-Up Grant in 1998 from the Scottish Arts Council and established my workshop and business in Edinburgh. Throughout the years I have won many awards and taken part in many exhibitions and fairs
I continue to design and make one-off and limited edition jewellery to sell through selected galleries and shops around the UK. More recently I have been creating unique collages utilising more of the found ephemera that I gather
Following my move to Manchester in 2012 I opened Clare Hillerby Studio / Shop at Manchester Craft + Design Centre in September 2015. Here I make all my work and it is where you can see the largest collection of my jewellery and collages. The craft centre is home to 18 studios where many talented contemporary designer / makers make and sell their work. We are open to the public Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5.30 pm (plus Sundays in December), but if you are making a special visit it is worth contacting me in advance, just on the off chance I am having a day off!