Designer | Maker | Goldsmith
About the artist
Eleanor has been designing and making jewellery for over 10 years, first studying a BA(hons) in jewellery making at Bucks New Uni, then going on to work for two prestigious goldsmiths in Bristol, UK, before moving to Bermuda in 2012. She worked for another jeweller for a number of years before branching out to launch her business in 2016.
Having always been interested in societal norms and the workings of the mind, when Eleanor suffered a trauma that lead to mental health issues using her work as a way to explore and come to terms with her experiences seemed natural.
Her jewellery focuses on her personal experience of anxiety and depression, using broken mirrors which are 'healed' through a modern version of the Japanese Kintsugi technique. Eleanor aims to use her work as an advocate for mental health support and awareness. By being open about her experiences she encourages dialogue about this still taboo subject, helping to remove the stigma that some people still feel. A huge driving force of the work was the struggle simply to ask for help, she hopes that this collection will promote discussion and and a more candid, open approach to mental illness and trauma.
Along side her mental health awareness work, creating and running an ethical and sustainable business is a core value of Eleanor Patton Jewellery. See her Ethical Policy for more information.
Eleanor welcomes the creative challenge of creating a unique piece of custom jewellery. She has made wedding and engagement rings, bespoke necklaces and earrings which have been any where from one of a kind to a reinvention of a current design, so get in touch for a free consultation if you have an idea in mind, and Eleanor will talk you through each step of the process.
April 2016, two-day intensive course in advanced stone setting techniques at Rio Grande jewellery suppliers in USA.
January 2011- December 2012, on the job training as a traditional Goldsmith in repairs and commissions with both Nicholas Wylde and Clifton Rocks.
October-November 2010, “Work in Progress” sales and business course for independent jewellers at Holts Academy
Summer 2009, Self-taught Keum Boo techniques of fine gold fusing.
2006-2009, Jewellery Design and fabrication, BA honors, Buckingham New University, High Wycombe
2005-2006, Foundation Diploma, specialising in jewellery design, Wimbledon School of Art, London
February-April 2005, Rings design short course, Richmond Adult Community College, London
Summer 2002 Body Jewellery design and fabrication course, Central St Martin’s University of Art and Design, London