Liz Hutchinson West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
I am an artist maker creating contemporary art jewellery alongside photography. My work references the textile heritage of Calderdale, Yorkshire where I live and work, exploring the lived experience of mill workers whilst detailing the demise of the woollen mills. I am concerned with issues of loss and renewal, questioning what is transient and what endures in this changing landscape.
Originally I trained as a photographer before becoming a psychiatric nurse in central London during the 1990’s. After taking time out for motherhood, I rediscovered my creativity and undertook a BA degree in Fine Art, specialising in contemporary textiles. Alongside this, I learnt silversmithing techniques at a local evening class and began to create my own jewellery. These divergent media have now come together in a cohesive way and I principally create contemporary art jewellery that sits in the context of digital imagery. The jewellery I create could be viewed as ‘wearable art’ and uses an array of techniques, both traditional and experimental. A typical piece may use silver, enamel, wood and textiles to form a multi element brooch which allows for a greater depth of meaning and symbolism. These pieces will be displayed juxtaposed to photographs that further complement the work and have been a formative part of the process. My work has appeared in a number of galleries in Yorkshire and further afield as well as working to commission and selling online. My practice is essentially an interaction with my surroundings, the rural Yorkshire landscape where I live and work, the echoes and remnants of its’ industrial heritage. More specifically, my inspiration comes from observing processes of decay and weathering, valuing the impermanent nature of things, states of gentle flux and shifting perspectives on the past that I find on my many walks in the local environment. In exploring these processes of change, my work seeks to examine what endures and what is lost, asking what has solidity and what is transient? In engaging in this personal dialogue, I hope to further my understanding of loss and renewal at a personal and societal level. My work is both a lament and the honouring of human adaptability and resilience.