Contemporary jewellery and adornment exploring mental health
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About

About

'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

 Eleanor Kerr-Patton Artist | Maker | Jeweller  Photo credit: Rachel Hein Photography

Eleanor Kerr-Patton Artist | Maker | Jeweller

Photo credit: Rachel Hein Photography

Experience

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 a wearable art form. 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 had received multiple grants and bursaries to create pieces.

Eleanor combines tradition goldsmiths skills and conceptual design in her Edinburgh studio. Using her signature techniques of Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing pottery with lacquer and gold dust, and skilled technical stone setting she creates striking, beautiful and thought provoking art jewellery.

By applying Kintsugi to mirrors rather than pottery Eleanor explores her own experiences with mental illness and recovery. The philosophy of the technique treats damage and repair as part of the history of the object, rather than something to disguise.

Her pieces combine ethically sourced precious metals and nontraditional materials 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.

 

Education

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

2018

Recipient of Bursary from CAPS Independant Advocacy

2017

Selected as Black Sheep by Not Just a Label

Arts Council Bursary to take part in Sick! Living with invisible illness

Ethics

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.

Custom work

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.