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Hilary Brown

Jeweller
Published: 23.11.2016

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The work I am currently making is the result of my experiments with very thin sheet silver - the manipulation of it and fixing it to shape with the minimum amount of intervention. It is the distillation of many ideas and influences.
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Hilary Brown. Bracelet: Untitled, 2016. Silver. Fine texture achieved from hammering through paper. Formed and crumpled, riveted, gold plated.. Hilary Brown
Bracelet: Untitled, 2016
Silver. Fine texture achieved from hammering through paper. Formed and crumpled, riveted, gold plated.
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Hilary Brown. Earrings: Untitled, 2016. Silver. Fine texture achieved from hammering through paper. Formed, riveted, patinated.. Hilary Brown
Earrings: Untitled, 2016
Silver. Fine texture achieved from hammering through paper. Formed, riveted, patinated.
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Hilary Brown. Necklace: Untitled, 2016. Silver. Fine texture achieved from hammering through paper. Formed, gold plated. Patinated silver chain and clasp. . 80 cm. Hilary Brown
Necklace: Untitled, 2016
Silver. Fine texture achieved from hammering through paper. Formed, gold plated. Patinated silver chain and clasp. 
80 cm
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Hilary Brown. Ring: Untitled, 2016. Silver. Fine texture achieved from hammering through paper. Formed, riveted, patinated.. Hilary Brown
Ring: Untitled, 2016
Silver. Fine texture achieved from hammering through paper. Formed, riveted, patinated.
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Intro
I am a jeweller at heart, although past work has strayed into the realms of spoons and vessels - the British Crafts Council have some of my spoons in their collection. I began my career in the 1980s making jewellery from thin sheet acrylic and experimenting with achieving a thin papery feel to a brittle man-made material. My concerns were with reduction of thickness, erosion, lightness and simplicity of form and ethnic influences. A selection of these early pieces is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Arts, Houston, USA and the jewellery collection of the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Arts, UK.

Statement

After a long break to raise children and a stint as an interior designer, I returned to jewellery. I am currently working in silver making one-off and limited edition pieces. The most recent ‘crumpled’ series is inspired by playing around with scrunched paper - the thin theme again - and my love of ancient jewellery, especially that which has been crushed and flattened by centuries of being buried in a forgotten hoard. 

Looking back to the work I was producing over 30 years ago I see that familiar themes keep emerging. The work I am currently making is the result of my experiments with very thin sheet silver - the manipulation of it and fixing it to shape with the minimum amount of intervention. It is the distillation of many ideas and influences. Crumpled, creased and rolled paper; ancient Roman, Egyptian and Minoan jewellery; ethnic jewellery; found objects such as stones, shells, bones - spontaneously picked up and threaded onto rough string or twisted plant fibre. 
At the moment, the jewellery I produce is silver - sometimes gold plated, sometimes blackened with oxidising chemical. 

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Book:  New Tradition. The evolution of jewellery 1966-1985 . Caroline Broadhead.  British Crafts Centre:  2015
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