Contemporary jewellery and adornment exploring mental health

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  • Bloc Gallery 40 Ferry Road Edinburgh, Scotland, EH6 4AE United Kingdom (map)


/ad'fek.tus/, Latin, noun

Emotion: a strong feeling deriving from one's circumstances, mood or relationship with others


Adfectus is a new exhibition of contemporary jewellery from the collective, Element47. Taking the

concepts of emotion, mood and feeling as a starting point, the exhibited work explores joy, absence,

surprise and other emotions that defy translation.

Element47 is a professional jewellers design collective based within SilverHub Jewellery School and

Studios in Abbeymount Studios, Easter Road, Edinburgh.

Our unique collective aims to provide a supportive environment enabling us to develop our practice.

Through public engagement and the creation of exhibitors we aim to increase awareness and

understanding of contemporary jewellery design. Within the studio, we create opportunities to

enable us as professional jewellers to critique, skill share and collaborate.

Adfectus will feature work by six collective members: Lisa Arnott, whose collection “Present with

Absence” was recently awarded an outstanding distinction in her Master in Fine Arts (metalwork and

jewellery) from the Sheffield Institute of Arts; Eleanor Kerr Paton, with a new body of work

designed to re-connect us to joy. Frequent small moments of joy are proven to positively impact our

long term mental health, Eleanor creates wearable objects that bring this joy into our everyday lives;

Carolyn Kinnaird, who has created work exploring the theme of honesty, through pieces specially

designed for this exhibition, observing elements of Scandinavian design and its focus on simplicity,

clean lines and elegant, minimalist forms; Sarah McAdam, who has taken inspiration from the

German word Waldeinsamkeit; literally translated as 'forest loneliness', which celebrates the sense

of being alone in the woods and the feeling of connection with nature that it brings; Ann Shearer,

uses her knowledge of materials and making practice to develop elements of surprise in her pieces;

and Nicola Turnbull, with her collection of work inspired by the emotions inherent in being in the


Adfectus; 17th - 25th August

Bloc gallery; 40 Ferry Road, Edinburgh, EH6 7AE

Earlier Event: July 4
Heads and Tales
Later Event: October 10
Out Of Sight Out Of Mind