Angela Gillies

“As a former zoologist, I have always been fascinated by birds. Their life history and biology have the potential to provide a wealth of inspiration both structurally and aesthetically. My work explores the intricacy and design of the feather in particular, focusing on aspects such as pattern, texture, structure and interaction with light.”

“My research process begins with the use of macro-lens photography and illustration to capture the fine detail of the construction of the feather. I then translate these patterns and textures on to metal using electro-etching to produce both intaglio plates for printmaking, and etched recycled silver for the construction of jewellery”

Angela Gillies

Jeweller and Printmaker

BA (Hons) Jewellery and Metal Design 

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design

Statement

“As a former zoologist, I have always been fascinated by birds. Their life history and biology have the potential to provide a wealth of inspiration both structurally and aesthetically. My work explores the intricacy and design of the feather in particular, focusing on aspects such as pattern, texture, structure and interaction with light.  

My research process begins with the use of macro-lens photography and illustration to capture the fine detail of the construction of the feather. I then translate these patterns and textures on to metal using electro-etching to produce both intaglio plates for printmaking, and etched recycled silver for the construction of jewellery. My design development reflects the skills that I have learned during my time in printmaking; the filed down edges of my jewellery emulate the process of preparing intaglio plates for printing.  

Sustainability is an important factor in my working practice and use of materials. Electro-etching involves the use of electricity rather than harmful acids, which is kinder to the environment and our health.  I have also used scrap recycled silver for my galvanising processes and my prints are framed in recycled wood frames. One of my neck pieces is constructed from the cathode of my electro-etching tank which would otherwise be scrapped. All of my precious metal jewellery is made from recycled sterling silver and is entirely hand made.”

Materials and Techniques

Materials – Recycled metals, sterling silver gold leaf, and feathers.

Techniques – Etching, oxidisation using an egg, keum boo and printmaking.