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Local designer takes jewellery to national exhibition

26 June 2015

Robby Dawson

Charlotte takes inspiration from London building for jewellery collection

A Netherton art student has exhibited her silver jewellery collection at the New Designers Exhibition 2015 in London.

Charlotte Tracy, a third year contemporary craft undergraduate from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), showcased her work at the annual event which brings together more than 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from across Britain’s top design courses.

She commented: “The show has been great. I was talent spotted by the Manchester Craft and Design Centre and my work will be displayed on its website for a year.”

As part of her final project, which she also showcased at UCLan’s annual Degree Show (DS2015), Charlotte has created a range of jewellery, made from silver, much to her expense. The collection, entitled Metropolis, is distinctly square shaped and was inspired by the designer’s love of London buildings.

“The show has been great. I was talent spotted by the Manchester Craft and Design Centre and my work will be displayed on its website for a year.”

As part of her final project, which she also showcased at UCLan’s annual Degree Show (DS2015), Charlotte has created a range of jewellery, made from silver, much to her expense. The collection, entitled Metropolis, is distinctly square shaped and was inspired by the designer’s love of London buildings.

Charlotte’s Metropolis line already consists of earrings, two necklaces, a bracelet, a large ring, two brooches, and a bangle.

“We went to a goldsmith’s fair back in October in London. While we were there I took pictures of all the buildings for inspiration for my project. Basically I am really into shapes and things like that, and from that I designed big chunky jewellery,” the 22-year-old explained.

“There’s lots of dainty jewellery about at the moment and I wanted to be different from that.”

The former Bootle High School and Sefton Sixth Form College pupil added: “There’s lots of dainty jewellery about at the moment and I wanted to be different from that.”

Charlotte has also collaborated with various businesses in Preston to create their window displays, including at BANK fashion. She has always enjoyed art since studying at GCSE and A Level, finding it relaxing and fun, before completing a foundation course in textiles and printing at Liverpool Community College then continuing her studies at UCLan to work with 3-D materials.

“This course offered a way to explore these materials, instead of focusing on just 2-D,” she said.

To find out more visit Charlotte’s website.