Elaine’s jewellery is highly individual. Each hand-crafted piece is the result of her experimental and intuitive use of textures, colours and materials within a carefully considered form. The work has a sculptural quality and resonates with her feelings about the land.
The principal materials are silver and 18ct gold, used on their own and with precious and semi-precious stones and minerals. Rough stones encrusted with dirt or salt or ‘poor’, humble materials are often used. When precious stones are included they are usually unpolished and uncut, challenging the traditional ‘preciousness’ of jewellery whilst celebrating the natural surfaces of the land. Diamonds, rubies, sapphires, calcite, galena and haematite are all used in a raw, crushed or un-polished state, evoking industry, farming and geology.
Ideas are developed from drawings and photographs, and through reference to macro images of natural objects, aerial photographs of the earth’s surface and archaeological drawings and maps. Explorative and direct, the resulting objects become landscapes for wearing.