cambridge contemporary crafts

Dee Barnes

Dee Barnes’ makes her ‘Colourfield’ range of jewellery by hand at her studio in Leicester. The jewellery originates from Dee’s abstract paintings that are created with acrylics, oils, pastels, gold and silver leaf and other mixed media.  The paintings are mounted, cut into shapes and framed in copper foil.  The pieces are then coated in a layer of resin.  Once dried, the shapes are backed, embossed and assembled into a range of brooches, pendants and earrings.

Each piece is individual and is from a group as they are made together from a particular painting.  Dee’s jewellery is very light weight with a glass or enamel quality, the resin magnifies the colours and textures beneath.

Because of the delicate nature of the materials used the jewellery should not be submerged in water, and no perfumes or body sprays should be used when wearing them as this may affect the resin. The components are plated with rose gold and are all nickel free.


The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on or call us on 01223 361200 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £22 - £50