Mixed Materials / UK


Rachel seeks to challenge the concepts of contemporary jewellery, producing a range of high end mixed material pieces. She loves to challenge the way in which people perceive a piece, by creating small scale sculpture that can be worn on the body, in a way chosen by the wearer.

Carefully considering material combination and placement, her work often explores bespoke materials, evoking curiosity between the piece and the wearer themselves. She gathers materials in a collection, waiting to explore them through combination and placement, in a 3D drawing process.

Drawing with materials is an essential part of her practice, with linear forms, featuring strongly alongside geometric shapes and spaces. These ideas and themes are explored through bold strikes of colour and simple lines, bought together to create statement brooches, earrings and necklaces. This process allows her to explore and explode original thoughts, creating new ideas from one original starting point.


Spring Pop

Brooch, 2021

Walnut, Formica, Enamel, Steel brooch pin, Oxidised Silver

Spring Skies

Necklace, 2021

Walnut, Formica, Oxidised Silver

Spring Shapes

Brooch, 2021

Walnut, Formica, Enamel, Steel brooch pin, Oxidised Silver


Exhibitions and Shows
-Adorn Axis – Juried Inaugral Exhibition – Online – May 2021
-Painful Hope – Alliages Asso ,Lille – December 2020 – February 2021
-Digital Craft Festival – Online, – March 26th – 28th 2021
-Craft Fair Contemporary – Nottingham 22nd – 24th November 2019
-Sieraad International Jewellery Art Fair – Amsterdam 7th – 10th November 2019
-Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair – Manchester 11th – 13th October 2019
-Precieux!? – Alliages, Lille France 21st June – 7th September 2019
-Colourful Spring Showcase – Clifton Rocks, Bristol, 4th May 2019 onwards
-The Contemporary Craft Festival- Bovey Tracey, Devon 6th-10th June 2019
-Made by Hand Cheltenham- Cheltenham Town Hall 8th-10th March 2019
-In Colour Exhibition – Mostyn Gallery, Wales January – May 2019

Achievements, Grants and Awards
-Goldsmiths – COVID 19 Fund 2020
-Crafts Council’s – Hothouse programme 2017
-​Bright Ideas- Solo show, Sara Preisler Gallery Birmingham May 2017
-The Biscuit Factory Foundation presents OPEN CONTEMPORARY YOUNG ARTIST AWARD- Newcastle Upon Tyne May 18th – 20th Aug 2017
-Cultivated Programme – Unit Twelve Gallery, Stafford, March 2016 – September 2016

Mixed Materials 2021 – Alex Kinsley Vey

ALEX KINSLEY VEY Mixed Materials / Canada   We are products of our environments, shaped and changed by the places we call home. Hamilton, my home on the shore of Lake Ontario has traditionally been a steel producing centre. Despite the industry having died down...

Mixed Materials 2021 – Chantel Gushue

CHANTEL GUSHUE Mixed Materials / Canada   My work is a reflection on the damaging exertion used when trying to reach an unattainable, perceived perfection. The materials I use to illustrate this analogy (bone and crystal) form in similar ways in nature, through...

Mixed Materials 2021 – Federica Pallaver

FEDERICA PALLAVER Mixed Materials / Italy   My work rests on two main ideas: construction and expression. Jewel is, for me, a temporary, transitory, nomadic micro-architecture or sculpture looking for dynamic relations with a body, an object or a space. It is the...

Mixed Materials 2021 – Flore Soria

FLORE SORIA Mixed Materials / France   In my work, technical creativity and aesthetic research revolve around a main material - leather - and the gestures associated with it. As a living material, with a wide variety of textures, thicknesses and resistance,...

Mixed Materials 2021 – Joshua Kosker

JOSHUA KOSKER Mixed Materials / USA   How do objects shape experiences and, in turn, how can actions imprint meaning on the material world? In looking to jewelry and domestic objects, to explore universal and sometimes private subject matters, my work connects...

Mixed Materials 2021 – Juanjo Garcia

JUANJO GARCIA MARTIN Mixed Materials / Spain   Juanjo García Martín Lives and works in Malaga, and develops his work within the framework of Artistic or Contemporary Jewelery, Leaving the Jewel as a mere decorative object or complement to fashion. His artistic...

Mixed Materials 2021 – Lorena Lazard

LORENA LAZARD Mixed Materials / Mexico   Working with soil is an act full of symbolism and meaning. Through this body of work, I want to understand the concept of revealing. Open small spaces to what is hidden, to discover and rediscover and maybe through it, get...

Mixed Materials 2021 – Minqui Gu

MINQUI Mixed Materials / Australia   Miss Minqi Gu playfully embraces the act of making through her curious explorations of cultural difference, consumerism, motherhood and identity. Bold and deliberate in colour, simple and suggestive in form and saturated in...

Mixed Materials 2021 – Ute van der Plaats

UTE VAN DER PLAATS Mixed Materials / Belgium   Porcelain is the main medium in my work. I’m fascinated by the tension between the fragile appearance and the actual strength of porcelain. With every new collection I explore new materials and integrate them in...

Mixed Materials 2021 – Verde Alieri

VERDE ALFIERI Mixed Materials / Italy   My world and everyday life have been full of paper from the beginning. I'm daughter of an art publisher and I worked also with him for many years designing books and touching paper all the day everyday. But paper is more...

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