Emily Kidson

Bold materials / traditional craftsmanship

Emily Kidson is an award-winning contemporary jeweller whose layered, intuitively designed jewels marry bold materials with traditional craftsmanship.

 

Story

Emily is known for her use of laminate and wood with sterling silver. Colour is central to her work and is the backdrop to a minimal, modern aesthetic with areas of intricate detail.

Her inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere, whether a quickly-captured image or the careful contemplation of a painting. Nature, art and architecture are particular influences.

Emily has come back to making after a career as an art librarian. Her use of laminate started when she discovered it as samples in the Materials Collection at Central Saint Martins library in 2013.

Materials

Laminate is paper and resin formed under extremely high pressure. Emily uses the brand Formica which you may be used to seeing on table tops and kitchens. It can have quite a mid-century modern feel and the colour doesn’t fade.

The wood Emily uses is walnut, the silver is sterling (925) and larger pieces are hallmarked at the London Assay Office. Emily also uses resin in some pieces to add extra areas of colour and detail.

Process

Emily cuts the laminate and wood to manageable sizes, glues them together with an epoxy glue, leaves them to dry overnight and then hand cuts it into her signature shapes with a jewellers piercing saw (no laser cutting etc.!). Each piece is then sanded and waxed by hand for a beautifully smooth finish.

Emily uses traditional jewellery and silversmithing techniques when working with the silver. It starts as sheet or wire and is rolled, pierced, textured and polished. The findings (ear wires/hooks etc.) are all handmade. Some pieces include inlaid silver dots into wood and laminate.