For March’s edition of “through the Loupe” we’re joined by Karen Donovan, award-winning jeweller we discovered through New Designers and are so delighted to be able to showcase Karen’s beautiful and unusual jewellery. With stunning detail Karen has recently created some jewellery with fantastic volume and a great use of colour, we’re really excited to see what else the future holds for this talented lady and hope you will follow her journey with us!
Tell us a bit about the jewellery you design:
I try to design jewellery that speaks to my experiences in life. I moved to Scotland to do my postgraduate degree because I fell in love with Britain when I was younger. My experiences here, including the people, the landscape and my interactions with the history formed a conversation that I could answer with my jewellery. I have found the plants of Scotland to be completely different to those at home, and incredibly potent to the people here. Once I had focused on these plants, namely Heather, the jewellery became easier to design. I love stories, so when trying to find forms for my jewellery to take I looked into the social history of plants and the history of Britain’s jewels. I think that stories are universally connecting – everyone loves a story.
STOP PRESS: We’ve just found out that Karen is adding even more to her collection of awards! We’re delighted to hear that Karen has recently been awarded the Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council Gold Award Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers Award 2015! Also a Commendation in the Precious Metals, Gold, Platinum and Palladium category – what great news and many many congratulations to Karen on very well deserved recognition.
Thank you to Karen for coming through the loupe with us – you can find Karen on lots of social media outlets including Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter (and don’t forget to join us on all of those too!)