A veritable treasure hoard
Over the years I have been hoarding my favourite creations, but now I have squirreled away so many pieces that I have quite run out of space to store them. I have therefore reluctantly decided that I have to part with them. I call them my Reserve Collection, rather like a fine wine, which I am offering for sale exclusively from my website gailklevan.com
I am going to present the work in a series of posts of which this is the first. I will try to describe the history and the thinking behind my work.
Serpentine necklace – 2015
I designed this necklace for Lesley Craze Gallery’s 30th anniversary. The late Lesley Craze was a key sponsor of up-and-coming contemporary jewellery designers and it was a great privilege to be selected to supply her gallery after I graduated from the Royal College, until the gallery closed shortly before Lesley passed away.
The design is quite bold and striking and this necklace makes quite a statement. It will be noticed and become a conversation piece.
It is made from 30 individually hand-cut acrylic blocks and assembled into a wavy formation that can be worn in different configurations. The graduated purple, blue and gold tint are applied in such a way as to allow the colour of the clothing below to show through as well harmonising the overall effect.
The piece is quite chunky but weighs only 272 grams and is comfortable to wear. The pieces are articulated with transparent elasticated cord which gives it a degree of streachability.
I love art and I am most excited by making interesting yet practical jewellery designs that people enjoy wearing and bring them compliments. I produce a wide variety of jewellery including items that can be used every day, as well as more formal designs for special occasions and items in between. Continue reading Artist’s Statement
Gail took her first degree in Wood, Metal and Ceramics at Manchester Polytechnic in 1981.
She won a full bursary from the Royal College of Art for a Master’s Degree in Silversmithing and Jewellery, and was awarded her M.A. in 1985. Her degree show contained a range of jewellery, fabrics, furniture and lighting, and while at the college she won the 1983 Bakri Award. Continue reading Education
Gail has exhibited all over the world (Au Printemps (Paris), Barbican Jewellery Exhibition, Liberty, Top 5 Craft Artists (British Council – Japan), The Chelsea Crafts Fair 1985-93, Classic Plastics(Craze Gallery), Goldsmiths’ Hall, Leeds City Art Gallery, 1991 British Council Sogo Store Japan, 1991 From Paper to Platinum (Craze), Itami Museum ,Japan, Today’s Jewels (Craze Gallery), National Trust Shops, 1995 Walker Art Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, Oxford Gallery, 1998 The Chelsea Crafts Fair, Hill House (Rennie Mackintosh NT), 2000 SOFA Chicago (Craze Gallery), Jewels for 2000 (Craze Gallery), 2001 Plastics (Geffrye Museum), 2006 Origin, 2007-10 Bovey Tracey Contemporary Crafts Fair, 2008 Architecture Centre Bristol, 2008 50@BDC (Bluecoat), Dazzle (since 1985), 2009 Origin, and Desire. Continue reading Exhibitions
The human urge to make and acquire jewellery is a complex and deeply rooted phenomenon which has been with human kind since earliest times. Evidence of body adornment exists amongst the earliest signs of human civilisation. Continue reading The Origins of Jewellery
Love the designs on the web. KG
The pieces are much loved and admired every time they are worn. AH
Gail, we have just received the earrings and would just like to say that they are beautiful (my wife’s reaction), and thank you very much for your great service. AO
Thank you very much for the ring it fits perfectly and looks wonderful with the bangle and necklace. I have already been wearing them and had lots of nice comments !!! SC Continue reading Testimonials and some customer comments…
Gail’s designs have been featured in the national press, including the Times, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, The Mail on Sunday, Elle, Vogue, Country Living, Harpers & Queen. Continue reading TV, Film & Media