Meet The Maker – Helen Noakes

Helen Noakes - Jeweller

Helen Noakes – Jeweller

Based in Salisbury Helen Noakes is widely recognised within the jewellery community and beyond for her beautifully executed work in resin and precious metals.

Resin bangle with cyclists

Resin bangle with cyclists

This recognition has been rewarded this year as Helen was voted The Best Maker in the South West by the lovely team at Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Festival – and very much deserved indeed I have to say.

Necklace, round charm and barrel bead with cyclist and lyric's from a Mungo Jerry song

Necklace, round charm and barrel bead with cyclist and lyric’s from a Mungo Jerry song

Following a chance discovery of a single box of miniature figures and a book on resin Helen quickly developed an obsession with combining the two into her varied and stunning collection about 12 years ago. 

Small round necklace with cyclist

Small round necklace with cyclist

Now selling across the country and featuring in several books Helen incorporates everything from penguins to nuns to circus performers…..and this year, especially for Heart Gallery bicycles and cyclists!

Gypsy hoop earrings with bicycle

Gypsy hoop earrings with bicycle

The most important aspect with Helen’s jewellery is the element of surprise and humour integral to each piece – a second look is a must.

Resin necklace with bicycle

Resin necklace with bicycle

Helen’s world is truly magical seeking inspiration from everything … even icy pools! Her jewellery can take from 40 minutes to 50 hours to complete depending solely on the final piece she is creating.

Charm angle with cyclist and text

Charm bangle with cyclist and lyrics from a Mungo Jerry song

Helen constantly pushes boundaries as quite often poor imitations of her work crop up which frustrates her immensely (and is so, so wrong – you must innovate not immitate others!) but this also motivates her to innovate and push ahead with new techniques.

Stunning large ring with cyclist and text

Stunning large ring with cyclist and text

Helen is one of Heart Gallery’s favourite jewellers and we are happy to be showcasing another range from her in this our eighth year to celebrate the Tour de France Grand Depart heading through Yorkshire and Hebden Bridge this weekend. Bonne chance a tous les cyclistes jusqu’a nos collines x

Beautiful cufflinks with bicycle

Beautiful cufflinks with bicycle

 

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