A b o u t . . .

 

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! 

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6 thoughts on “A b o u t . . .

  1. Hi Clare,
    I recently came to visit your studio with my sister and Gran. I find your work so beautiful, I was really inspired by what you produce. You are an amazing artist and your work continues to amaze me!

  2. i find you very inspirational, i have choosen you as my artist to research for college. you’re work is very unipue and classic. you also gave me inspriration to try new things and push my self out on my comfort zone. i am a massive fan of you work.
    thank you for the inspiration.
    Amy woodward

    1. Thank you so much Amy, (that is so flattering!!)

      Good luck at college, and enjoy it all, it’s amazing to hear that you’re inspired to try new things, it really reminds me to push myself!! And while you’re studying is the best time to do be experimental, so make the most of it!
      Thank you and massive good luck,
      Clare

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