Caroline Draper

Meet Jeweller Caroline Draper

Caroline draws on her extensive travel and life experiences in India to explore a fascination with geometry, symmetry and repetition.

Caroline Draper

Fifteen years ago Caroline left a full time career as a nursing sister to relocate to New Delhi with her family. Bombarded on a daily basis, the rich colours, exotic scents, eclectic tastes, cacophony of never ending noise, diverse cultures, fabulous jewels and the vibrancy of ‘Incredible India’ have left an indelible mark on her designs today.

Caroline DraperThe intricacy of design in the architecture and ornaments of everyday life captivated her as did the traditions of the mastercraftman and artisan jewellery makers where skills and secrets are passed on from one generation to the next.  A heritage preserved by word of mouth and by apprenticeship.

Caroline Draper

Returning to the UK, Caroline undertook a degree course in Jewellery and Object Design at the University of Lincoln where she achieved a first class BA (Hons).  She has returned to the University this year as Artist in Residence.

Caroline Draper

The influences of ‘Jali’ in the architecture of Rajasthan have resulted in her collection of unique designs with pearls and gemstones being encapsulated within precision cut silver.  Paying homage to the Royal ladies of Rajasthan – in purdah – all seeing but unseen – moving freely but trapped behind ornate screens.

Caroline Draper

The Lotus flower symbolising peace, purity and eternity, and the tumbling flower garlands worn both for celebration and devotion form the basis of Caroline’s latest collection of hand forged chain.

Caroline Draper

From her studio in Lincolnshire, Caroline continues to explore the influences from India that have now become integral to her designs.

Caroline Draper

Sensitive use of colour and traditional materials wedded to modern technology and techniques enable her to create individual designs and tactile pieces of jewellery that are both evocative and sensory.

Caroline Draper

Caroline is one of fifteen designer/makers that are members of Design Factory and part of our Summer 2017 exhibition with them called EMERGE.

Caroline Draper

Our MEET THE MAKER event with Design Factory is on Sunday 20th August so do pop this date in your diary and come along to meet Caroline and the other designer/makers taking part.

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