Tuesday, June 30, 2009

FIONA KERR

Built by Scottish architect James Graham in 1851, the spectacular Ayton Castle is among Borders of Scotland's many historic castles.

Fashioned with red sandstone, the castle is a stunning part of the lush, Scottish skyline.

Scotland is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Fiona Kerr.

A graduate of Brunel University's Buckinghamshire College, where she received a B.A. in Three-Dimensional Design, Kerr focuses on cadence, texture, and color.

Establishing her company in 2002, Kerr opts to sprinkle pieces of sterling silver and 18-karat rose and yellow gold with colorful gemstones ultimately creating sculptural and geometric forms.

"My designs are influenced by the combination of nature and geometry," she says, "I am fascinated how natural things--which at first may appear chaotic--are organized and full of structure."

Kerr enjoys the element of fun represented in the pieces from her Celtic Chaos Collection, an assortment of geometric circle-shaped pieces each contain small, silver spheres that move with the wearer.

Her Daisy Chain Collection features the sunny flower with petals made of alternating colored metals. Kerr also likes to play with satiny, textured, and oxidized finishes on silver, as well as clean, architectural lines.

“The main themes of my work are light, color and movement. I like to incorporate movement into a piece of jewelry without it looking too technical. I aim to make jewelry beautiful to look at and fun to wear.”

A trained gemologist, Kerr makes great use of gemstones like topaz, moonstone, garnet, and pearl. The soft pink pearls, of her Pink Pearl Brooch Pin, set against the smooth, sculptural form of textured gold is quite beautiful.  Currently living in Northern Ireland, Kerr has participated in numerous craft fairs.

She is presently taking part in a Summer Exhibition in England running through August 31 at The Headrow, City Arts Gallery, and The Craft Centre and Design Gallery.

She is a member of the Crafts Council of Ireland and the Association of Contemporary Jewellers, County Down Crafts, and the Society of Designer Craftsman.
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Photo 1 (top right): Sterling Silver Flower Pendant with Pearl
Photo 2 (bottom left): 18-Karat Yellow Gold Ring with Ruby, Pink Sapphires and Diamonds
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