"Conceptual Art, simply put, had as it's basic tenant an understanding that Artists work with meaning, not with shapes, colours, or materials."

Joseph Kosuth

 

Creating contemporary, collectable art jewellery.
Eleanor uses ethically sourced precious metals combined with nontraditional materials to explore her own experience of trauma and mental illness, using her work to bring these subjects to the public eye. 

Combining an exploration of the darker side of human nature with a desire to create beautiful wearable jewellery, Eleanor creates one of a kind pieces of wearable art.

 

Call or email Eleanor to find out about her designs and creative process, or stop by the studio for a free consultation at: 

thrive Studios, 64 Ablion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QZ

The Artist

Portrait by Meredith Andrews

Eleanor Kerr-Patton
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.

Ethics

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.

Custom work

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.

 

Education

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

Creating a sustainable and ethical business model, particularly as a jeweller, is just as important as creating innovative work. 

Eleanor strives to use the most environmentally friendly option within her studio practice:

  • 90-100% recycled Silver and Gold
  • Fair trade gold
  • Diamonds from certified mines in accordance with the Kimberly Agreement
  • Work bench made from sustainable wood
  • Non-toxic studio chemicals
  • Packaging made from 100% recycled paper and card
  • Eco-friendly print materials 
  • Web and domain hosting with an ethically aware company
  • Renewable energy providers at the studio SSE
  • Studio recycling with Changeworks Recycling

Creating awareness by promoting this aspect of her business, Eleanor hopes to make people in general more aware of the options available to them as customers and drive for ethical sourcing to become the norm in the industry.

Please get in touch if you have any questions about Eleanor's Ethical Policy or want to know more about sourcing gems and precious metals.