Hilary Morel, jewellery designer

Ewan Mathers, www.ewanmathersphotographer.comThe intricate jewellery of artist Hilary Morel is exquisite and infinitely fascinating.

There is so much imagination in her work that each piece practically has its own story and the artist loves to explain the inspiration behind her creations.

She works out of a small studio at her home nestling in the High Peak near Hayfield.

So it is no surprise that Hilary, a member of the Manchester Jewellers’ Network and the High Peak Artists, draws her inspiration from the changing moods of the dramatic landscape surrounding her home.

“The colours in my work are very much inspired by the atmosphere of the High Peak and how it changes every day however, I am also interested in the methods of working in ancient cultures. Our techniques have changed very little over the years,” she said.

Hilary uses traditional silversmithing skills to finely craft gold and silver combined with semi-precious stones and porcelain.

She says she never designs anything on paper and makes lots of components which are spread all over her studio and  then when she’s ready she starts putting them all together to form one of her creations.

“You don’t really need a big space to make jewellery. All you need is a rolling mill, a small area for the soldering and a few hand tools which are all quite small,” she explained.

Her latest project has been to create work for an exhibition called Exploring Wonderland, at The Manchester Craft Centre which is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland and runs until February 14.

Her work can also be seen at the  Gallery in the Gardens, in Buxton, The Pear Tree Cafe, Whaley Bridge and at The Gallery in New Mills.

For more details about her work go to the http://www.galleryinthegardens.co.uk or check out her own facebook page.