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Heidi Bentley

Heidi was born and grew up in the Weald of Kent amongst cottage gardens, orchards and woodlands. She studied Design: Jewellery & Silversmithing at London Guildhall University, Whitechapel where she received an Award of Merit from the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths upon graduation. Later, in 2001, Heidi was invited to exhibit her work at the New Designers show in London.

Texture and simplicity of form are a strong element of her jewellery. “I love freshwater pearls for their variety of colour and subtle lustre. I often oxidise silver to create contrast in a piece, the darkened silver beautifully sets off coloured pearls and emphasises their delicate form.”

Heidi’s main influence is nature. “Organic and curvilinear forms please me. New designs emerge from sketching and observation and also evolve while working at my bench, I enjoy experimenting.”

“The bird designs grew from observing the blackbirds, robins and blue tits in my garden. The owls are particularly unique as their wings are designed using an art deco silver cigarette case.”

“I hope my pieces have a timeless elegance as they consist of both abstract and figurative designs, the latter sometimes conveying a touch of humour.”