Sumptuous Seaworn Treasures inspired by the Cornish Coast
Inspired by living on the coast in Cornwall, Emily Nixon’s distinctive eye has created a range of jewellery possessing a sea worn character unlike any other.
Emily studied fine art textiles at Goldsmith’s College followed by a postgraduate year at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Art in Poland, where tapestry, sculpture and conceptual art captured her imagination. AFter working for many years as a curator at her own contemporary art gallery in Edinburgh, then as the Director of Newlyn Art Gallery in Cornwall Emily started to make my own work again in 2000; which soon developed into smaller scale pieces that might be worn as jewellery.
Emily’s home in West Cornwall is her main influence;
“I love the fabric-like twists and folds of seaweed, the diversity in the contours of pebbles, the weathered character of flotsam I see washed up along the shore. This dichotomy of the precious and the organic - special stones encircled by sea worn fragments of silver – characterises so much of my inspiration.
At the heart of my work remains the sculpture and tapestry of my early practice. Constant experimentation, playfulness and continual development of ideas alongside a mindfulness of the relationship of each piece with the wearer, drives my creative process and output.” Emily Nixon