cambridge contemporary crafts

Louise Mary Designs

From her studio in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter, Louise creates handmade jewellery and silverware in shapes inspired by nature.

"I am inspired by natural growth patterns in nature, and I try to incorporate visual references to leaves, plants and many other natural forms in my work. I also like to ensure that my work is functional, so I often look at antique silverware for ideas and forms which I can give my unique twist to.  I work predominantly in silver, and use fold forming to create both strength and a reference to leaves in my pieces. In fold forming, a sheet of metal is folded in half, then the fold is compressed (either by hammering or rolling, or a combination of both) and then opened out again. I also work on the form of my pieces after the fold is opened - this leads to more possiblities."

Her work has been exhibited widely in the UK and has been nominated and received many awards, the most prestigious being Runner-Up in the Thomas Lyte Modern Heritage Award in 2008.  In addition to the pieces she creates for exhibition and sale, Louise works to commission.

Her jewellery features two main collections, these are ‘Folded Leaf’ and ‘Flower,’ both of which draw inspiration from the plant world. Her collection continues to evolve and in addition to the pieces she creates for exhibition and sale, Louise makes many one-off designs. Most pieces are made in silver, but Louise also works to commission in all precious metals including gold and platinum. Pieces are designed uniquely for individual clients, and often personalised with details such as engraving.

GALLERY

The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on info@cambridgecrafts.co.uk or call us on 01223 361200 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £34 - £132.