After studying History of Art at Cambridge University in 2007 Harriet continued her arts education at City and Guilds of London Art School. Since then she has gathered a wide range of experience in art and design, becoming a member of the Design Team for London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies and working as a costume designer and art director for film and theatre in London.
Harriet had been making large scale pieces for the body from found and pre-made objects for a couple of years before taking the step to begin a formal education in jewellery. This began in 2014 at Kensington and Chelsea College where she studied under Kelvin Birk, who's work and approach to jewellery making has had a profound impact.
Fantasias consist of a collection of one-of-a-kind rings, earrings and pendants that playfully subvert the aesthetic, function and production of mass produced jewellery.
They are made up from traditional jewellery materials – silver, gold, ethically mined gemstones and man-made cubic zirconias and synthetic stones. I hand build each piece from waxes intended for the mass production of engagement, cocktail and signet rings.
The collection tells the story of it's own production. I aim to create a tension between the industrially produced waxes and the traces of my own hand which can be found in fingerprints and where the wax has been cut and joined.
These pieces also aim to question the use of gemstones in jewellery. The mass-produced empty settings become as important as the stones that can be set into them. The question of the empty setting, reconfigured to become the focus of the design, references both the cultural history of these jewellery designs as well as a future in which gemstone mining and value will be scrutinised and overhauled.
The result are pieces that are both outrageous piles of recognisable but repurposed jewellery elements as well as more wearable jewels, that all tell the story of their production and disrupt the symbols of mass produced culture.
Please note that this collection is brand new and I do not have good images of each item and some are still in process (though easily finished in time for April!). This collection is also not yet on my website.