Myself & my work

I have been making jewellery since leaving Wrexham College of Art & Design in 1991. Working from home in North Wales and being surrounded by collections of art created by friends and family, vintage treasures and junk shop finds is a source of great inspriation.

I have enjoyed working with a variety of materials over the years, previously exploring the different properties and colour of heat and chemical treatments on mixed metals.

My current work is made mainly from a selection of colourful recycled mixed media. I utilise the semi rigid structure of plastic bottles to gain form and add colours and patterns by using my specially developed collaging technique with a variety of discarded packaging, including foils, papers, and plastics. I then build up layers by fabricating and sewing each piece together with fine wire and beads.

I have always had a keen interest in nature and am especially fascinated by entomology.

Amongst my other work I make wearable insects. These are the results of continued experimental explorations of my chosen medium. They are sometimes based on real insects, but are often my own inventions- a spontaneous reaction to the colours and properties of the materials.  These experimental pieces are an important part of my creativity. They add a playful enjoyment and freshness to my practice whilst in turn aiding the continued development of my jewellery designs. 

My work has been shown in many exhibitions and galleries around the UK.

 

 

Colourful insect brooches. Recycled mixed media.   Hannah Coates  

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