Natalie Vardey

‘My grandmother made her own hats, perfect pastry, and vestments for the clergy. Sitting at a large table in her spectacular creations, she sewed minuscule stitches on rich garments with a group of doughty ladies of the parish. As her young companion, I learned the meaning of effect and detail at that table, and it was only when I grew up that I appreciated the importance of how much I had absorbed from those women.’

Today Natalie lives and works in Castle Douglas, SW Scotland, creating stunning and original pieces of jewellery.

‘I make each piece of jewellery by hand, using few machines and basic tools. I work in silver and gold, weaving fine threads into delicate necklaces, hammering textures for highly polished earrings, balancing acrylic pieces in silver, constructing tactile brooches, making wedding rings and working to commission. I have been knitting, crocheting and weaving precious metals for years, developing the traditional skills I was taught as a small child, literally at my mother’s and grandmother’s knees. This has led to experimenting with pure silver seamless tubular knitting and other materials.’

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