Meet The Maker – Liz Willis

Liz Willis - Jeweller

Liz Willis – Jeweller

 

Liz is inspired by the environments that she sees around her whilst out running. Traveling on foot through the landscape allows us a greater appreciation of the colours, contours and textures of the world around us, and gives us the opportunity to see aspects of the environment not often noticed in the rush and chaos of day to day life.

Sennen necklace using silver and silk threads

Sennen necklace using silver and silk threads

 

Each piece evolves from an aspect of a run that catches her attention, from flat slate pebbles on a beach that slide sideways when stepped on, or a footpath disappearing down a lichen-rich tree tunnel, to being surrounded by the vibrant colours and noises of a large road race like the London Marathon.

Pebble brooch using silver, silk threads and steel

Pebble brooch using silver, silk threads and steel

 

Liz uses silver wire to form an appropriate shape for the piece, and then she hand stitches over part or all of it with silk threads, occasionally using other materials, such as pearls or glass beads, to add the colour and texture relevant to the run she is trying to portray.

Pebble hook earrings using silver and silk threads

Pebble hook earrings using silver and silk threads

 

Increasingly Liz is also using found objects picked up on her travels, things that have signs of a previous use & history to them, to incorporate with stitch into her work.

Sennen brooch using silver, silk threads and steel

Sennen brooch using silver, silk threads and steel

 

Although this is a time consuming process, it does mean that Liz is  constantly reminded of her favourite places to run whilst she works.

Pebble stud earrings using silver and silk threads

Pebble stud earrings using silver and silk threads

 

We currently have Liz’s lovely collection with us as part of our current exhibition TIME & TIDE which runs until 15th November 2015 so please do pop in soon to see it x

 

 

 

 

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