Stacey West Jewellery

Contemporary award winning jewellery design.

An award winning experimental jewellery designer passionate about the diversity of material and attention to detail.


I am a confident, hard-working and enthusiastic individual with a keen admiration for aesthetics. I love the process of creating something of beauty from an eclectic variety of material. I have extensive academic background in art and design with more than five years diverse experience in the art of creating jewellery and I am always eager to learn and develop. I work from a small studio space in Bude, Cornwall. Studied BA (Hons) Degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing at Plymouth College of Art.


I have always held a strong interest in the process of creating something beautiful from raw material. I explore the qualities and properties of a variety of mediums and combine my finds with traditional jewellery silversmithing techniques to create an eclectic fusion of experimental, artistic and classical jewellery design.

Living in an area of outstanding natural beauty it is easy to be inspired by the organic shapes, textures and forms that make up the environment and my jewellery explores what the natural environment offers us as well as being directly influenced by its artistry and charm.


'Found Treasures', an award winning design, plays with the idea of finding beautiful objects within an otherwise worthless material and the misconceptions of processes within the gemstone industry.


The 'Reflection Collection' uses my interest in fine art to develop contemporary pieces inspired by distortion within reflection. I am interested in one element of a piece being repeated, reflected and fragmented through distortion. The reflection is an echo, playing with our perception.


My latest collection of work, 'Interlocking Strata' encourages the wearer to interact with movable interlocking textured elements that resemble the natural stratified lines and colours found in the geology of the north Cornwall coastline and celebrates the contrasts between texture and line, organic and geometric and translucency and opaque.


Experience

2017. Selected as an emerging designer at Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Festival.

2017. Selected as an emerging designer at Living Crafts, Hatfield House.

2016. Shortlisted for The BenchPeg awards.

2016. Winner of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen Visual Arts Prize.

2015. Won first place in the jewellery and fashion category at The Worshipful Company of Pewterer’s, PewterLive student competition for "Found Treasures" luxury pewter and sterling silver necklace. 

2015. Received high commendation award from The Giftware Association for "Found Treasures" luxury pewter and sterling silver necklace.

2017. Tutton and Young's Made London, Canary Wharf.

2016. Selected as an emerging designer at Handmade in Britain at Chelsea with ArtsThread.

2016. Tent, London Design Week.

2015/16/17. Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Fair

2015/16. Native Makers, Plymouth.

2014/15/16 Various pop up shops,Plymouth.

2011. Workshop with individuals with learning difficulties. -Working with individuals with mental health disorders to make a basic bracelet. Teaching the clients basic techniques, supplying materials and providing the technical assistance they needed to create a simple bracelet. Everyone involved was engaged and the exercise encouraged discussion between patients and carers as well as giving the clients something they could be proud of.

 

Education

2014-2016. Plymouth College of Art, BA (Hons) Degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing.

2010-2011. Gregson Centre Bude, NCFE Creative Craft Jewellery.

2006-2008. North Devon College with Plymouth University, Foundation Degree in Fine Art.

2004-2006. North Devon College, BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design.