Suzanne Claire is a designer/maker of contemporary jewellery based in Cheshire. Influenced by her picturesque, semi-rural, mill town home surroundings and travels further afield – from the decorative tiles of Spain and North Africa, to the lines and patterns in everyday settings hidden in plain sight. There’s always one common theme at the heart of her creativity – textiles.
Her flourishing interest of metal work left Suzanne torn between jewellery making and textile art. Through time and experimentation, the two disciplines merged resulting in her current textile inspired collections for Heart Gallery influenced by textile paraphernalia.
This collection combines textured silver, crocheted and French knitted chains, combined with stunning French knit imprinted pieces. Delicate silver wire is lovingly handcrafted into French knitted tubes, flattened and rolled into silver sheet to create lasting imprinted memories of their former, fragile self. While fine silver chain is used to French knit and crochet with, creating beautiful tactile pieces, characterised by slinky movement and feel to the skin.
“My love for all things colourful and craft orientated blossomed during early childhood from observing two generations of women. I was inspired as a child, from my Mum, her Mum, my Great Auntie and my Nana. It was these same people who shaped my love of what today seems to be lost arts – sewing, knitting and other needle crafts.” Suzanne Claire
Heart Gallery adores Suzanne’s contemporary jewellery and we hope that you do too so pop in to see her creations for us soon. You can follow Suzanne Claire over on Instagram.