Shops We Love: Handmade Jewelry by Gilly Langton
I featured Gilly Langton on Instagram recently and I really love her colorful handmade jewelry collection. I had to do a little sleuthing to find out more information regarding this talented maker. Gilly is featured on the Craft Scotland website and here’s her bio:
Gilly Langton is a Contemporary Jewellery Designer; she runs her business from the remote Highland village of Plockton on the West Coast of Scotland.
Gilly has been creating her bold sterling silver and elastic jewellery for the last 16 years, selling and exhibiting in galleries, museums and fairs all over the world. She has created exclusive collections of jewellery for the British Museum, London and The Lowry, Salford as well as showing her collections of jewellery at London Fashion Week. Exhibitions of her Jewellery collection have been shown at the Museum of Art and Design in New York in a show called LOOT as well as The Philadelphia Museum of Art and Design Show, Philadelphia and Origin Contemporary Craft Fair, London. Her stockists include TATE Modern, London, Mostyn, Wales, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
Gilly has been awarded many residencies all over the UK, allowing her to develop her skills and creativity while passing on her skills to others through schools, universities and art galleries. Gilly has her own online shop, where you can view and purchase her unique pieces of jewellery www.gillylangton.co.uk.
Gilly also runs her own jewellery classes in the beautiful village of Plockton, Highlands. Over a weekend she will teach you all you need to know to create beautiful pieces of silver and copper jewellery.
She is a maker worth discovering and I hope you do the right thing and take a look at her handmade jewelry collection online. Which piece is your favorite? This is mine. I’m including below more information about Gilly, this time from Maven Designer Jewellery.
Gilly Langton is a contemporary jewellery designer based in the Highland village of Plockton on the West Coast of Scotland. Gilly has been creating her bold sterling silver and elastic jewellery since 1997, selling and exhibiting in galleries, museums and fairs all over the world.
Taking a romantic view of the sea and the life that surrounds and works it. Gilly explores its colour, material and form. Absorbing herself in iconic references to seafaring folk, she exaggerates the nautical traditions, combining hard and soft materials to emphasize the strength and struggle of a way of life. Using the harshness of the cold metal against the warmth of the hand dyed flexible elastic. The same elastic local Plockton fishermen draw on in their creels. The changing colour palette of the Highlands echoes her view of the heather blanket hills and continual shift in light reflected in the sea and lochs. Gilly challenge’s the properties of control and resilience with minimal aesthetics, creating dramatic pieces of beauty, strength and texture.
There is a strong contrast in materials and skills within Gilly’s work. Using her traditional skills in jewellery and silversmithing, she works mainly in sterling silver and gold to create a clean minimal approach to metal, using hollow forming techniques, creating boxes of ovals, circles and squares, adorned with her signature dot that runs through her entire collection. Each piece is considered for its simplistic approach to jewellery, with clean shapes and elegant forms.
Hand dyed elastic is combined with the metal elements making the elastic an intrinsic part of Gilly’s design. Using the elastic to thread, knit, crochets, stitch and loop to create bold pieces of jewellery including rings, earrings, brooches, necklaces and bangles. Gilly’s development of this material is very exciting, as the tension, strength and future dye possibilities of the elastic is endless. It allows her to work efficiently and effectively with influential fashion trends.