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Islay Spalding is a Dundee based jewellery designer/maker who is inspired by the colourful, the surreal and the real that surrounds us.

A graduate from Duncan of Jordanstone, Islay now works from her workshop in her home town of Dundee where she creates evolving collections of unique jewellery and bespoke Kilt Pins.

A believer in quality craftmanship and meaningful design, Islay's pieces are made and finished to the highest standard, each carrying her makers mark and Edinburgh Assay Office Hallmark (where appropriate).

Islay has the unusual credentials of being a qualified British Army Drum Major (Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming, 2010) and is snare drummer in the MacKenzie Caledonian Pipe Band, she therefore knows how to wear a kilt and how to tell others to!  A big part of Islay's ethos when designing Kilt Pins is to marry up this 'tradition' with contemporary design and create something that has the symbolism and timeless appeal of traditional Scottish Highlandwear but with a fresh, modern approach. Elements such as grooves and notches to signify dates, geographical features, pieces of music or re-workings of clan crests are some of the ways Islay brings that personal meaning to the design, making it completely unique to the wearer.

As well as this she is a lover of making, her workshop and tools are her heaven.....apart from that feeling of being immersed in the Scottish landscape, achieved by 'research trips' hillwalking, camping and skiing.  A continually fickle nature leads her to create unique items of jewellery, all parts of evolving collections that ebb and flow with time.  

Inspired by the thoughts, ideas, colours and forms found in European Surrealist and Abstract Art; especially the works of Desmond Morris, Yves Tanguay, Joan Miro and Wassily Kandinsky.  Silver is combined with hand-dyed resins, and more recently hardwoods, to form colourful, chunky sculptural shapes that are then translated into rings, pendants and brooches for the Biomorph, Biocube and Small World Collections.  Islay also works with 18ct Gold, precious and semi-precious stones to create her narrative Jabberwocky Collection and rough and sparkly Flotsam and Jetsam pieces and Treasure Rings.  Offshoots from these works have spawned to creat sub-collections of their own, Sweet Sweet Jewellery, Thritty Pings, Oddgons and Angulars, each growing and evolving in their own ways.

WEBSITE - www.islayspalding.co.uk

BLOG - www.islayspalding.blogspot.com

JEWELLERY FACEBOOK - /islayspalding.jewellery

KILT PINS FACEBOOK - /kiltpins

INSTAGRAM - @islayspalding

TWITTER - @islayspalding