Tracy Hills is an award winning jewellery designer and maker based in Surrey in the United Kingdom. She has BA (Hons) degree in 3 Dimensional Design in Metal Work and Jewellery from the University for Creative Arts in Farnham.
Two of her designs (lace cuff and 'Foxwood') were shortlisted for the prestigious Pewter Live 2012 Competition. She won 3rd prize for 'Foxwood'.
With a love of all things dark, her inspirations are varied; fairy tales, fantasy, textiles; all find their way into her jewellery. The main source of inspiration for her is nature; and generally strikes whilst she is out exploring the beautiful Surrey forest with her dog.
Whether it’s finding an attractive piece of bark or a delicate bird or mouse skull; these found treasures all make their way into her jewellery.
Some gnarly oak sprigs led directly to her Twig Collection, which she cast in silver and then hand formed into bangles and rings.
Narrative and movement are two other key factors in her work.
Her current collection ‘Tales from the Wild Wood’ combines all of these elements.
Here you will find pendants with foxes peeping from behind trees; and by rotating the different layers the fox will be placed in different positions – either in the front, middle or background.
Fairy tale narratives are incorporated into mechanical pieces. Characters such as Red Riding Hood and the wolf move independently of each other, allowing the wearer to decide on where these characters will be positioned within their framework of trees.
These interactive and kinetic pieces bring in an element of fun and nostalgia, whilst allowing the wearer to constantly change the design each time she wears it.
John Louard Building – Farnham UCA
23rd - 6th June. University for the Creative Arts, Farnham
Part of London Design week. Showcasing 33 artists specialising in glass, ceramics, metalwork and jewellery from Farnham UCA.
16th - 22nd June 2014. Oxo Tower, London
Pewter Live – Pewterer’s Hall, London – June 2012
Collaborations -The Craft Study Centre – Farnham, Surrey, UK June 2012
A Journey - James Hockey Gallery, Farnham, UK – May 2012
Pewter Live 2012 – 3rd place for ‘Foxwood’ interactive pendant
Tracy Hills is a member of:
The GJD (Guild of Jewellery Designers)
Young British Jewellers
SRAJD ( Self representing Artist in Jewellery Design)