Kelda Young

Kelda Young Brooch

“I look to my own fragmented memories and photographs for inspiration, abstracting forms and elements to create compositions “

“I hollow form most of my work to maintain the striking scale of the finished piece whilst allowing the jewellery or objects to still be wearable”

Kelda Young

Silversmith and Jeweller

BA (Hons) Jewellery and Metal Design 

Duncan of Jordastone College of Art and Design

Statement

“I am a designer and maker currently based in Wasps Artists’ Studios, Glasgow. I create sustainably conscious contemporary jewellery and objects using recycled precious metals, each piece unique due to the nature of the handcrafted process.
I look to my own fragmented memories and photographs for inspiration, abstracting forms and elements to create compositions. The work celebrates the contrast and harmonies found between nature and the manmade world. Often combining bold, striking shapes with intricate, organic details achieved by traditional hand skills such as chasing and hand engraving.
I hollow form most of my work to maintain the striking scale of the finished piece whilst allowing the jewellery or objects to still be wearable. This also encourages people’s curiosity and to engage with the pieces – there is an element of surprise as scale usually coincides with weight.
The connection to material and the physical process of making is essential to the success of the work which allows for an intuitive approach to making and designing.”

Materials and Techniques


Materials – Recycled metals, sterling silver, gold.

Techniques – Hollow forming, engraving, chasing, embossing.

Awards, Exhibitions and News

Bishopsland Educational Trust Postgraduate Residency 2020/2021
2021
Emerging Designer’s Competition in Silver – Runner up
Spotlight: Stars in the Making – Goldsmiths Centre
100 Jewels by 100 Women – Double Door Studios
2020
Elements Graduate Showcase
Fife Contemporary New Makers award
Tayberry Gallery Prize
Alexander Leslie Russell award
Here + Now Graduate Showcase – Dock Street Studios

Affects of Covid 19

“Lockdown hasn’t been without its difficulties. Many active projects and future plans have been temporarily, or permanently, suspended. The experience has proved to be a lesson in patience and acceptance for me. As unexpected changes have occurred, practising presence has helped me move more fluidly through the daily challenges and fluctuations.”

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