Corrinne Eira Evans named one of Vogue’s “best new jewellers”
Arts University Plymouth alumna Corrinne Eira Evans was selected by British Vogue as one of the best new jewellers to see at this year's Goldsmiths’ Fair in London, the most prestigious event in the UK for silversmiths and goldsmiths.
Arts University Plymouth alumni Corrinne Eira Evans is one of 136 independent jewellers who were selected from across the UK by a panel of experts to appear at Goldsmiths’ Fair 2022, the destination for contemporary silver and fine jewellery, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.
Corrinne Eira Evans
Corrinne, who is the resident jeweller and co-founder of Okehampton’s Moon & Moor Gallery, showcased her work during the second week of the fair. Shortly after Goldsmiths’ Fair she exhibited again at the yearly Elements Festival, Scotland's only selling fair of contemporary jewellery and silver, held in the historic Lyon & Turnbull auction rooms in the heart of Edinburgh.
Corrinne said: “Thank you so much to Arts University Plymouth and my tutors when I studied there, Tweeny van Mierlo and Victoria Sewart, for setting me on a path I truly love. I am now a fully self-employed jeweller, with my own gallery Moon & Moor, and have reached my ultimate lifetime goal of exhibiting at Goldsmiths’ Fair this year. I hope this inspires others to go for it and reach their goals too.
“I very much enjoyed my studies at Arts University Plymouth. It was an amazing experience to experiment fully. The course I attended encompassed a variety of disciplines. The tutors were so enthusiastic and encouraging and pushed me to achieve things I thought were impossible. I so loved studying at the arts university, it set me up with the skills I needed at an early stage of just 17 to start my jewellery career.”
Corrinne uses the historical technique of flat chainmail, which gives each piece a sinuous, liquid movement and drape. Focusing on utilising a combination of raw precious metal colours and interlocking them in bold and subtle patterns, to create a flowing tactile metal textile. Each link is fabricated and knitted by hand in her studio on the edge of Dartmoor, using recycled silver, golds and titanium, to create striking patterns and shapes.
Corrinne says Dartmoor is a key inspiration for her work, with Belstone and Haytor being some of her favourite places to visit. The colours of the Moor are reflected through the earthy colours that enrich each piece with a subtle palette.
Corrinne said: “I love going up on Dartmoor and trying to capture the mood and the surrounding landscapes within my jewellery collections. It changes all the time, every day or even every hour.”
“The collection which I submitted for Goldsmiths’ was created during lockdown, so I had a good chunk of time to really look around and appreciate my surrounding landscape and focus on capturing its essence within the flat chainmail process.”
Corrinne’s passion for the environment and sustainability feeds into her work. Although she completes bespoke commissions she also spends a lot of her time remodelling and repairing older jewellery, giving it a new lease of life. This enables the pieces to be worn and enjoyed by future generations.
Thunder Bolt Tall Chainmail Ring by Corrinne Eira Evans
BA (Hons) Craft & Material Practices at Arts University Plymouth offers the opportunity to reinvent craft for the 21st century, working with specialist facilities for ceramics, glass, metal and wood, as well as emergent spaces for sustainable biomaterials and encouraging students to explore traditional making alongside the rapid digital prototyping facilities in Fab Lab Plymouth.
Arts University Plymouth was voted by students as the top arts university in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2022, voted by students as best Small or Specialist Institution at the annual Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022 and shortlisted for Company of the Year in the National Sustainability Awards 2022.
BA (Hons) Craft & Material Practices students at the arts university have opportunities to collaborate with students with other specialisms on campus, including textile designers, fine artists and creative technologists. To find out more, visit the next Arts University Plymouth Open Day on Saturday 26 November, from 10am to 2pm.