Eleanor Patton makes conceptual art jewellery, exploring the Human State. Specialising in custom designs and ethical materials
The For Others collection is inspired by a trip to the Southampton lighthouse in Bermuda, and reading the quote:"A lighthouse is for others, powerless to illuminate the space closest to it." This tied so beautifully to Eleanor's interest in why we wear jewellery and how we use it to communicate that it inspired her entry into the Charman Prize competition and a full collection of jewellery which can be dismantled and put together again to communicate or illuminate what the wearer chooses.
Each piece is made with secure clasps to turn a necklace into earrings for example, and each gem stone has a small handmade screw attached so it can be removed and exchanged with a different gem.
When creating the Bermuda triangle collection Eleanor focused on the triangle, and worked on finding a way to channel the idea of the unexpected that is connect to it. Her final collection uses long strips of triangular wire made into elegant bold geometric designs.
Eleanor's training in both traditional goldsmith techniques and contemporary design combine beautifully in her custom work. She will work one on one with each client to design and make the perfect piece. Anything from setting a coin to engagement rings, to key rings to remodeling old jewellery. Eleanor can create an entirely new design, or customize and existing piece to your specifications.
Eleanor will first meet with clients to consult on what they want, some people have a strong vision, others have a concept, either way Eleanor talks with them, looks at images and works to come up with some design ideas. She will then present them with scale sketches of the final design before starting work on the piece itself.
Please get in touch if you're interested in commissioning Eleanor to make something special for you, or have any questions about the process.