about: vicky forrester.
Welcome to this website. Precious, powerful, playful contemporary jewellery, designed and hand crafted by Vicky Forrester in her London studio.
All works are available as you see them. They can also be used as a starting point for a bespoke design especially for you. These jewellery pieces can be re-made in gold, platinum or other metals. Precious stones can also be incorporated into the designs if you wish.
Working closely with the client, I develop designs that reflect our combined focus, choosing appropriate techniques and materials to best realise the final design. I frequently produce commissions for gifts, engagements, weddings and other special occasions.
Contact me to buy work or arrange to have a piece made for you.
Inspired by organic structures, I combine the inherent qualities of my materials with innovative techniques to produce wearable precious forms that delight the senses. This personal dialogue between concept, material and technique lead me to make individual and one – off pieces of jewellery that sometimes extend to become limited edition collections. I like to work with silver and gold, also incorporating other precious and non - precious materials to enhance aesthetic and functionality.
Current interests include one-off hand sculpted forms that are then cast and further manipulated and finished using traditional silversmith techniques. Contrasts are heightened through surface treatments including texturing, selective plating and patination. Jewellery on this website represents a creative journey spanning 30+ years as I have sought with this medium to express common themes, through materials and techniques.
I’m quite playful in my approach to developing new pieces. Sometimes I’m inspired by the behaviour of a particular material, and I look for ways to exploit it. Other times ideas can evolve through extended experimentation with a particular technique.
'Jewellery for me is an art form; I see jewellery as wearable sculpture, a means to explore relationships and form, to ask questions and present challenges, to soothe the senses or to awaken them. The making process requires focus; at every stage in the development of a piece of jewellery, challenges arise and choices must be made. The process requires a fluid approach, and every problem arising equally presents opportunity. The final outcome charts this evolving relationship between the idea, the choices made, the application of process, and the behaviour of the material. With a successful piece of jewellery these elements find accord.
Vicky has exhibited work extensively in the UK and abroad through various specialist galleries (Electrum, Lesley Craze, Flow, ProArte Monaco and many more).
Vicky has BA Hons degree in silversmithing and metalwork from Camberwell College of Arts, 1990 (Part of The University of The Arts, London), and a Post Graduate Certficate in Education (Goldsmiths College, University of London, 1994). To complement her jewellery practice, she has been teaching jewellery making in a variety of contexts – workshops and specialist short courses as well as further education colleges in London.
Book. My book, "Elemental Jewellery", went into its first published edition in October 2012. Released in both the UK and the US, this book took a year to research and write. The book includes twenty projects that aim to introduce new approaches to designing and making jeweler. I hope that in sharing my own experiences, processes, and conclusions, you can find parallels that will help you to engage with your own creative practice in new ways. Using Earth, Water, Air, and Fire as sources of inspiration, the step-by-step projects explore how these themes can provide potent undercurrents in conceptual, material, and technical investigation. Read the official review of my book here.
Disclaimer. Vicky Forrester Images all rights reserved. The copyright for all material published on this web site is reserved. Any duplication or use of images, objects, designs is not permitted without Vicky's written agreement.