Nicola Crawford

Who?

Inspired by a love of nostalgia, Nicola is a creator of romantic feminine contemporary jewellery in silver and gold vermeil, using computer-aided design alongside traditional hand-making techniques.

She first discovered her passion for jewellery design while doing a Foundation Degree at the University for the Creative Arts. Nicola then went on to complete a degree in Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery, in which she obtained a first class BA (Hons) and was recognised for her designs by being awarded a precious metal bursary from the Goldsmiths Company.

Since graduating in July 2011, she has shown her work at galleries throughout Britain, been chosen to exhibit in the Goldsmiths Centre opening exhibition and taken part in New Designers One Year On and Desire Fair under the banner of “Ones to Watch”. She was also chosen as one of the top 10 finalists in the EC One’s Unsigned Competition.

The jewellery

Nicola’s  first two collections were inspired by the lost art of letter writing. The collection “Lost Words” has a tactile feel to it, conveying the permanence of a handwritten letter that is caressed and treasured.

Her “With Love” collection consists of jumbled letters spelling out “with love”, “love” and “kisses”. It  is inspired by the illegible handwriting on postcards written in 1908, found in an antique shop and signed with love and kisses.

Inspiration for her most recent collection comes from the much collectable 1911 children’s novel “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. When Nicola found a copy of the book in a second-hand bookshop, it reminded her of the story she had watched and enjoyed as a child.

The collection of silver and gold vermeil pendants, earrings and rings comprises of large statement ivy and rose leaves crafted from the imprint of real leaves, sweet little keys and delicate rose buds.

What she says

I was initially inspired by a letter that I found in an antique shop which was written during the Second World War. This letter had been kept for many years, treasured, possibly read and re-read many times. This made me think about the way we communicate with friends and loved ones today.

“Text messages and emails can never convey the same feelings as a handwritten letter. You can tell so much more from a handwritten letter, you get a real sense of the person that wrote it. Text messages can’t be held in the hand or treasured and are usually deleted quite quickly.’

What we say

Delicate, beautifully crafted and nostalgic pieces that make the perfect gifts. Evocative and romantic, Nicola is definitely a designer to watch out for. 

 

 













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