Meet The Maker – Laura Millen

Laura Millen - Jeweller

Laura Millen – Jeweller

Laura’s resin jewellery is inspired by her love for vintage textiles. She has always been passionate about all things vintage but her main passion for vintage textiles stems from her family history. Laura was given a box full of vintage laces, silks and buttons during her art foundation year which had previously been passed through several generations of dress makers in her family.

Lace Heart Earrings

Lace Heart Earrings

She remembers looking through the box at all the beautiful fabrics with a sense mystery thinking about what they could have been used for all those years ago. This led her to start visiting antique centres, vintage shops and fairs to source more interesting material to inspire and feature in her work. Laura is mainly drawn to laces as she loves intricate patterns particularly in pieces from the Victorian era. 

Black and White Lace pendant

Black and White Lace pendant

 Laura has been working in resin and selling her work through galleries and exhibitions for the past four years. The combination of vintage material and resin works well as the resin adds a modern twist to the designs and the properties magnifies and preserves the intricate pieces so that they can be worn in a different way and treasured all over again.

 

Long lace earrings

Long lace earrings

Heart lace pendant

Lace Heart pendant

Laura’s collections offer resin pendants, earrings and bracelets featuring fragments of lace from trims and panels which she has collected over time. The making process takes several days as two layers of resin are applied to the moulds. A second layer of coloured resin is applied over the lace to enhance the detail. Her maker’s mark is stamped onto small pieces of copper which is then embedded into the back of each piece and she uses sterling silver findings and chains to finish each piece.

Lovely Lace and Resin Collection at Heart Gallery

Lovely Lace and Resin Collection at Heart Gallery

Lovely Lace and Resin Collection at Heart Gallery

Lovely Lace and Resin Collection at Heart Gallery

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