The Scottish Gallery welcomes back Catherine Martin for the Edinburgh Art Festival 2018. Designer-goldsmith Catherine Martin was the first ever westerner to graduate in Kumihimo – the ancient Japanese art of braiding. She later developed the Asian art into a painstaking weaving of fine gold wire by hand. The resulting silken jewels are breathtaking in their sensual play of light and form. As a professional musician and singer, Martin allows the fluidity of music to influence her pieces. Each design element flows with finesse from her instinctive response to sound and rhythm. Displaying a subtle sheen, somewhere between matt and shine, and an ancient, meditative quality, her jewels possess an intensity which contrasts with their softness and intricacy.
'Catherine Martin’s jewels sing softly with the beauty of her modulated palette of materials. In this new collection, she explores the use of semi-precious stones, each sensitively chosen to resonate with the gold and platinum alloys selected for their hues and tonal qualities', Dr Elizabeth Goring, 2018.
Shoal Circle2018gold, platinumL:40.5cmPrice on ApplicationPhotograph: James Champion
Petal Pendant2017gold, platinum, moonstoneH:4cm£8,500Photograph: James Champion
Petal Earrings2017gold, platinum, moonstonesH:2.5cm£4,750Photograph: Richard Valencia
Pendant of Droplets2017platinum, gold, moonstonesH:3cm£6,950Photograph: James Champion
Pendant of Leaves2017gold, platinum, moonstoneH:4cm£6,950Photograph: James Champion
Pendant of Ripples2018gold, platinum, moonstoneW:3.5cm£7,950Photograph: James Champion
Moon Pendant2018lapis lazuli, gold, platinumW:3.5cm£7,500Photograph: James Champion
Cluster Earrings2018gold, platinumH:2cm W:2cm£4,250Photograph: James Champion
Paper Earrings2018gold, platinumH:4cm£3,500Photograph: James Champion
Two Leaves Earrings2018gold, platinum, moonstonesH:2.5cm£2,500Photograph: James Champion
Wings Earrings2018gold, platinum, moonstonesH:2.3cm£2,950Photograph: James Champion
Single Leaf Earrings2018gold, platinum, moonstonesH:2.6cm£1,950Photograph: James Champion
Furled Leaf Earrings2018gold, platinumH:2.8cm£2,500Photograph: James Champion