Emily Kidson creates contemporary jewellery that combines bold materials and colours with traditional craftsmanship. Silver, gold, wood inlay and hand painted details feature in her work alongside colourful laminate components. Emily makes every shape and component by hand in her London studio, and each piece is the culmination of an immersive creative process. She is drawn to areas of fine detail; pattern, repetition and mark making, but also the clear uncluttered spaces around them, and she makes work which strives to find a balance between the two. Old industrial cities and canal sides are particular influences, from tapered chimneys to barges and water towers. A sensitive use of colour is central to her designs and her eye for detail informs the minimal, subtly layered aesthetic of her work.
Originally from Hereford, Emily now live and works in London. After graduating from the University of Brighton with a degree in Three Dimensional Crafts, Emily spent a year at the prestigious Bishopsland Educational Trust. Emily has come back to making after a career as an art librarian. Her use of laminate started when she discovered it as samples in the Materials Collection at Central Saint Martins library in 2013. She has since exhibited widely across the UK and internationally.
Awards include: The Design Trust Award, Made London, 2015; Crafts Council’s Hothouse programme, 2015; Best in Show, Made Brighton, 2014.