Islay Spalding

Islay Spalding

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

Islay Spalding's aim in jewellery design and making is to create unique pieces that are unusual and distinctive yet practical and pleasing to wear. She believes in quality craftsmanship and meaningful design and specialises in bespoke commissions for kilt pins and contemporary jewellery.Islay's kilt pins are an abstract take on the traditional style and fabricated in silver using a variety of techniques. She uses elements such as grooves and notches to signify dates, hillscapes, landscapes and coastal outlines and pieces of music or lyrics or reworkings of clan crests to bring that personal meaning to the design and make it completely unique to the wearer. Islay’s jewellery is a constantly evolving range of unique pieces, inspired by the thoughts, ideas, colours and forms found in European Surrealist and Abstract Art; especially the works of Desmond Morris, Yves Tanguay, Joan Miro and Wassily Kandinsky.  Silver is combined with hand-dyed resins and more recently wood to form colourful and chunky sculptural shapes that are then translated into rings, pendants and brooches for the Biomorph, Biocube and Small World Collections. Islay also works with 18ct Gold, precious and semi-precious stones to create her narrative Jabberwocky Collections and rough and sparkly Flotsam and Jetsam pieces and Treasure Rings. Offshoots from these works have spawned to create sub-collections of their own, Sweet Sweet Jewellery, Thritty Pings, Oddgons and Angulars, each growing and developing in their own ways.

Awards:

2013 DundeeCraftAward 2007 Prince's Trust Business Start Up Grant 2005 Goldsmiths' Company Precious Metals Bursary Award


  • Islay Spalding

    Standing Stone Kilt Pins

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    Biopool Necklace

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    Biocube Rings

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    Iona Kilt Pin

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    Small Worlds Pendant

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    Dark Isle Kilt Pin and Cufflinks

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    Biomorph Ring

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    Mome Rath Locket Brooch

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    Cursum Perfico Kilt Pin

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    Biodrip Brooches

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