Meet The Maker – Alice Barnes

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Alice draws complex beauty from the simplest of forms to make elegant, contemporary jewellery with meticulous attention to detail.

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Born in London, Alice was always influenced by the strong architectural lines that surrounded her whilst growing up.

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She now draws complex beauty from the simplest of forms to make elegant, contemporary jewellery with meticulous attention to detail.

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Her work is influenced by the cuts, folds and repetition used in paper art, and draws on lines, angles and repetitive shapes for inspiration. 

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This stems from a playful origami style exercise that Alice gave herself one day. Intrigued to see what she could make from only a small square sheet of silver she began to practice first with paper, and soon discovered there were endless possibilities.

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This was the beginning of Alice’s first collection, Square Roots, and her interest in paper art.

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The Pleated collection follows on from this, emulating stiff pleated fabric, shards of reflective glass, linear art deco design and of course, folded paper.

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She returned to her love of wax carving to make these pieces, sculpting each delicate section by hand and then using the lost wax process to cast them to give sharp lines and a weighty quality to the jewellery.

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Alice began her studies at the Chelsea College of Art and went on to study jewellery and silversmithing at the illustrious School of Jewellery in Birmingham where she won the awards listed below for her innovative creations. She then spent 10 years working within the jewellery trade, honing her design and bench skills before establishing her own company in 2014 in Brighton where she now lives.

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We are delighted to bring Alice’s much admired Pleated collection to Heart Gallery for our Autumn/Winter Christmas At Heart exhibition. Catch it whilst you can here in Hebden Bridge.