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Hilary Brown

The work I am currently making is the result of experiments with very thin sheet silver – the manipulation of it and fixing it to shape using soldering and riveting techniques. It is the distillation of many ideas and influences. Crumpled, creased and rolled paper; ancient Roman, Egyptian and Minoan jewellery; ethnic jewellery; found objects such as stones, shells, bones – spontaneously picked up and threaded onto rough string or twisted plant fibre.
Looking back to the work I was producing over 30 years ago I see that familiar themes keep emerging. This early work used thin sheet acrylic but my concerns were still with reduction of thickness, erosion, lightness and simplicity of form and ethnic influences.
At the moment, the jewellery I produce is silver – sometimes, blackened with oxidising chemical. Every piece I make is a development on the last, how can it be improved what have I learnt what do I still need to learn.




Hornsey College of Art (Middlesex Polytechnic) 1978 - 1979
Brighton Polytechnic BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design (wood, metal, ceramics, plastics) 1979 - 1982


Aug 1982: 'Fresh Out', Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol

Aug 1982: '30 Jewellers', Aspects Gallery, London

Nov 1982: 'All That Glitters', Harvest Arts, Amsterdam

June 1983: Hilary Brown: Jewellery, Alison Britton: Ceramics, Floris van den Broecke: Furniture, Aspects Gallery London

April 1984: 'Great Aspectations' (New Work From 12 Jewellers) Aspects Gallery, London May 1984: 'Love Is', Knowles-Brown, London
June 1984: '22 Goldsmiths', Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
Sept 1984: VO Gallery, Washington DC, USA

Oct 1984: 'Spooning', Aspects Gallery, London
Dec 1985: 'Crafts with Christmas in Mind', Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery

1984 - 1992: Working in wood - jewellery, spoons, vessels. Selling via Crafts Council, Liberty of London, Primavera Cambridge and other outlets

2004 - 2006: KLC School of Design, London, Diploma Interior Design and Decoration May 2013: Open House Exhibition, Brighton Festival
May 2014: Open House Exhibition, Brighton Festival
May 2016: Open House Exhibition, Brighton Festival

May 2017: ‘The Spaces In Between’ Open House Exhibition, Brighton Festivals


The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston USA. Helen Williams Drutt Collection: Neckpiece of 5 pieces, acrylic. Crafts Council: Spoons, wood.
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA): 2 acrylic neck rings, acrylic bracelet set.
Work appearing in publications:

New Tradition. The evolution of jewellery 1966-1985 by Caroline Broadhead pub. British Crafts Centre Member of Association of Contemporary Jewellers
Member Klimt02
Crafts Council (UK) Directory of Makers