Stacey West British, b. 1986

Works
Overview

Stacey West is an award-winning contemporary jeweller whose handcrafted jewellery is inspired by the rugged Cornish coastline. Her latest collections of jewellery are the 'Interlocking Strata' and the 'Found Treasures' series:

 

The 'Interlocking Strata' collection encourages the wearer to interact with moveable, interlocking textured glass and metal elements. Caged within a handcrafted sterling silver structure the elements move freely and satisfyingly interlock, creating an experience for the wearer, whilst retaining a luxury aesthetic inspired by the lines, textures and colours found in the stratified cliffs of the beautiful beaches in Cornwall. Each piece is a cast of a rock texture from the Cornish coast, moulded in wax and then cast in a variety of metals or glass, owning its own individual features which are layered together as a complete jewellery item that explores contrasts between line and texture, organic and geometric, and translucency and opaqueness.

 

The 'Found Treasures' collection is inspired by the many hours Stacey has spent beachcombing and plays with the idea of finding something beautiful within an otherwise unremarkable material as well as highlighting the misconceptions of the processes within the gemstone industry. Pewter and silver are used to create a contrasting combination of geometric shape and organic form as gemstones appear to emerge from the uneven surface.

 

Based in Bude, North Cornwall, Stacey graduated from Plymouth College of Art, BA (Hons) Degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing in 2016. Winner of Pewter Live 2015, and High Commendation from the Giftware Association.

 

Stacey West's unique jewellery is being shown for the first time in St Ives at the Porthminster Gallery.

Biography

Stacey West biography

 

Education 

2014 – 16   BA (Hons) Degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing,

                  Plymouth College of Art

2010 – 11   NCFE Creative Craft Jewellery, Gregson Centre, Bude

2006 – 08   Foundation Degree in Fine Art, North Devon College with

                  Plymouth University

2004 – 06   BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design, North Devon College with

                  Plymouth University

 

Awards

2016           Shortlisted for the Bench Peg Awards

2016           Awarded the Devon Guild of Craftsmen Visual Arts Prize

2015           Winner of first place in the Jewellery and Fashion category at the

                  Worshipful Company of Pewterer’s Live design competition

2015           High Commendation award from The Giftware Association

 

Selected Exhibitions 

2017           ‘Ten Years On: Showing Off’, Porthminster Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall 

2017           ‘Get Fresh’, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon

2016           ‘Handmade in Britain’, new graduate showcase, Chelsea, London

2016           ‘Tent London’, London Design Fair

2016           ‘Now You See Us’, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth

2012           Collaborative exhibition, Waves, Bude, Cornwall

 

Press

2017           Cornwall Today, March issue (‘Ten Years On: Showing Off’,

                  Porthminster Gallery, St Ives)

2016           Cornwall Life, December issue

Exhibitions