Holly Belsher

When Holly first began making jewellery she was was excited and inspired by the artefacts of ancient and exotic cultures. Now Holly finds delight in her own heritage appreciating the beauty of the British countryside, textures of the landscape and the flora and fauna that live and grow amongst it.

Desiring to create something using bare wintry twigs she cast a few in silver and gold, transforming them into literally “precious” objects where she could enjoy playing with the interaction of their shapes to form wearable objects.

The ancient hedgerows in Devon are the inspiration for Holly’s latest work:

“They are cut every year after the birds have finished fledging their babies and they grow in wonderful tangles on top of deep banked stone walls covered with grass and wild plants (called Devon banks). You can trace mossy tunnels where shrews and bank voles run. In early Summer there are masses of tall foxgloves lining the lanes, even in January I have found tiny wild ripe strawberries.”

Holly uses reticulation to melt an organic surface on precious metals and creates her components sympathetically to the organic elements. She combines these with natural finds like pebbles and traditional gemstones but choosing unusual shapes, like long narrow bars of tourmaline in a millennium cut for their luscious reflections of pinks and greens or the bird’s egg-like speckle of Dalmatian jasper. Each one therefore is a unique compliment to its owner.