'The jewel is not just an object of beauty (in fact, conceptual jewellery is often purposely not very beautiful at all), but an artist’s statement.'
Rachel Taylor, BAJ:Insight
2018 Jewellery Teacher at The SilverHub Jewellery School
2016 Jewellery workshops, Bermuda.
2014-2016 Bench jeweller.
2013-2014 Head goldsmith and workshop manager for Alexandra Mosher Studio Jewellery.
2012-2013 Acting manager, workshop manager and senior goldsmith at Clifton Rocks jewellery gallery.
2011-2012 Outworker to Clare Chandler, owner of Clifton Rocks jewellery gallery.
2011-2012 Bench jeweller at Nicholas Wylde Goldsmiths.
2010 Representative of the Lesley Craze Gallery at the Collect exhibition in the Saatchi.
2009-2010, Gallery assistant at the Lesley Craze gallery in London.
With over a decade of experience, artist Eleanor Kerr-Patton demonstrates a unique approach to jewellery as an expression of living with mental ill health. Graduating in 2009 she has contributed to noted UK and international exhibitions. Her work is part of many personal collections, she has been selected as a designer to watch by Not Just a Label and has received multiple grants and bursaries to create new work.
Eleanor combines her love of tradition goldsmiths skills and unexpected materials to create beautiful and thought provoking art jewellery. Her first collection explored the stages of mental break down and recovery using Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing pottery with lacquer and gold dust, with mirrors. Treating damage and repair as part of the history of the object, rather than something to disguise.
Her current project looks at the longer term experience of being in recovery. Exploring the misconception that people living with mental ill health are always suffering, that feeling happy almost proves “you're not that ill, are you?” Eleanor creates wearable embodiments of joy, allowing us to reconnect with this almost forbidden feeling by bringing a sense of silliness and joy to everyday life.
Her pieces are constructed using ethically sourced and sustainable materials where ever possible, creating a collection of jewellery which can be worn as an outwardly visible representation of a journey often invisible to others, bringing these subjects to the public eye.
2018 Qualified as Mental Health First Aider
2016 Two day intensive course in advanced stone setting techniques at Rio Grande jewellery suppliers in USA.
2011- 2012 On the job training as a traditional Goldsmith in repairs and commissions with both Nicholas Wylde and Clifton Rocks.
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 Art Diploma, Wimbledon School of Art, London
2005 Rings design short course, Richmond Adult Community College, London
2002 Body Jewellery design and fabrication course, Central St Martin’s University of Art and Design, London
Awards and Recognition
Recipient of Bursary from CAPS Independant Advocacy
Selected as Black Sheep by Not Just a Label
Arts Council Bursary to take part in Sick! Living with invisible illness
Along side her mental health awareness work, creating and running an ethical and sustainable business is a core value of Eleanor Kerr-Patton. See her Ethical Policy for more information.
Eleanor welcomes the creative challenge of making a unique piece of custom jewellery. She has made wedding and engagement rings, bespoke necklaces and earrings which have been anywhere 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.