FIONA WRIGHT

Innovative, experimental with newspaper and non-precious materials. Fiona's work can be seen at Electrum in London, Alternatives Gallery in Rome, Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham and Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth.

Fiona Wright

Fiona is interested in the translation of the non-precious into the precious and highlighting the question of value through skills and resources.

Her inspiration comes predominantly from a combination of·          

  • observation of natural forms in the landscape and plant life, and
  • a love of exploring materials and letting her experiments speak.

The affinity Fiona has with the natural landscape comes from a childhood filled with the outdoors, both along the coast and in the hills of rural Wales.  The sculptural durability of the mountains, how they transform with the ever changing light and clouds, sun shining through storm clouds, trees bursting into leaf, the waves crashing against rocks, light dancing on water: all these unrecorded and often fleeting moments in nature raise in her emotions that feed into her work.

Being ecologically mindful, Fiona is particularly drawn to natural materials, materials which can be given a new life and found objects.  In developing her thoughts, she allows her material exploration to give rise to the pieces rather than starting with a preconceived idea of a finished piece.

These jewellery pieces were developed during experimentation with newspapers found left on the London Underground.  The forms were inspired by natural woodland: the branches, twigs and leaves of trees in particular.  Using only the colour of the print, the paper is either spun or rolled and twisted, by hand, to form a yarn from which the neckpieces and bangles are then developed.  Each piece contains a life cycle of stories: from wood to paper and the daily news articles; through the newspapers’ journeys - taking a part in one commuter’s life and then left for another; to its transformation into a unique piece of contemporary jewellery.  The final chapter is provided by the wearer adding their personal expression of individuality.

Further Images

Orange Freestyle neckpiece

Orange Freestyle neckpiece

Financial Times, image: F Wright

Rope neckpieces, detail

Rope neckpieces, detail

Financial Times, image: S Armitt

Warp neckpiece

Warp neckpiece

Financial Times, image: F Wright


Warp bangles

Warp bangles

Financial Times, image: F Wright

Rope bangles

Rope bangles

Evening Standard, image: S Armitt

Twisted neckpieces detail

Twisted neckpieces detail

Evening Standard and silver, image: S Armitt


Twisted bangles

Twisted bangles

Evening Standard, image: S Armitt

Rope bangle

Rope bangle

Financial Times, image: S Armitt

Rolled and Crimped neckpieces

Rolled and Crimped neckpieces

Evening Standard, image: S Armitt


Red Twiggy neckpiece

Red Twiggy neckpiece

Financial Times, image: F Wright

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