Crystal Clarke - Textile Jewellery Artist

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“Contemporary handmade jewellery incorporating textiles, wool, fibres, yarns, wire... made in Hartland, Devon”

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About Crystal Clarke - Textile Jewellery Artist

Crystal Clarke - Textile Jewellery Artist

"Brighten your Day with a Fusion of Colour"

Creative, Original, Unique, Contemporary Textile Jewellery Handmade with Passion for You!

I’m Crystal, a textile jewellery artist working from my Crystal Clarke Jewellery studio in rural Hartland close to the coast in North Devon.

I have always been creative, I started with crochet and knitting taught by my late Nan at a very young age, this is when my fascination and love of various wools, yarns and textiles began. I also love to draw and paint using coloured pencils, watercolours and acrylics. I went to art college did an art and design foundation course and learned about fashion and textiles, three dimensional design, photography, fine art, graphic design and art history.

I believe a piece of jewellery should be unique and have a connection, whether a keepsake of your favourite pet hair, a favourite colour, a favourite shape, a reminder of a wonderful place visited, a birthstone and no matter where you are, you can wear and embrace the connection of the beautiful jewellery piece.
My unique contemporary range of textile jewellery is inspired by living rural and close to the coast, from coastal and countryside walks, the changing seasons displaying their array of beautiful colours and textures that nature bestows on us. I also get inspiration for my hand painted textile jewellery designs from motorbike art and effects especially from my paint job I had done on my motorbike which is a crystal rainbow drusy effect.

I'm passionate about designing and making jewellery from the raw materials. I love using and experimenting with textiles, metals, fibres, yarns, wool, paper, natures harvest and more... I love colour, texture, patterns and shapes to create unique pieces of jewellery.

I use my mixed media process to create original, unique pieces of jewellery. Each piece is designed and handmade individually which guarantees an original piece of art jewellery.

My mixed media process involves using an eco resin with varied and recycled materials to create a sheet as my base, the same as I would have a sterling silver or copper base sheet. I hand texture the sheet using various techniques and use a pierce saw for cutting out pieces which are further enhanced to create my mixed media art jewellery in different designs. I wet felt various wool, fibres and yarns incorporating them in to my wool textile jewellery designs. For my painted textile jewellery designs I use an air brush and/or hand brush to paint, building up layers of colour and effect in a similar way to a motorbike artist but on a smaller scale for jewellery, art and decorative metalwork.

I also make colourful chainmaille Jewellery hand painting by anodising titanium, and niobium. I also create sterling silver and copper chainmaille jewellery.

Chainmaille is a time consuming process, every weave is handmade with passion.

I coil the wire into rings and saw cut the rings by hand. I then hand weave the rings in various weaves and hand paint by anodising the rings to create a beautiful piece of jewellery.

Textiles made from wire, chainmaille is a beautiful thing, it is tactile and feels lovely to wear.

I am fascinated by the vast number of chainmaille weaves available. I love the chainmaille costumes seen in re-enactment battles and how chainmaille has been used in fashion. I am always learning new chainmaille weaves.

I mainly create unique contemporary jewellery but I also have a passion for all sorts of beads and gemstones and love creating bead and gemstone jewellery.

I have many interests as well as my jewellery making including art, crafts, drawing, metalwork beads, photography, knitting, crochet, tatting, motorbikes, motorbike art, rallies, dog walking, cycling, countryside, nature, wildlife, seaside, gardening, baking, rock music, dance music, dancing, crystals, rocks, minerals and fossils, lapidary, markets, rock and gem shows, agricultural shows, visiting galleries.

My blog is https://www.handmadewithpassion.co.uk
My Folksy Shop is https://folksy.com/shops/CrystalClarkeJewellery

Loves Motorbike and Cake!