Tracy Hills is an award winning jewellery designer and maker based in Farnham, Surrey. She is currently in her fourth year of a five year part-time BA (Hons) degree in 3 Dimensional Design in Metal Work and Jewellery at the University for Creative Arts in Farnham.
She has also undertaken several silver jewellery courses with Lindsey Mann.
She is currently undertaking a one year work experience with Donna Collinson at her jewellery workshop in Guildford.
Two of her designs (cast lace cuff and layered fox pendant) were shortlisted for the prestigious Pewter Live 2012 Competition. She won 3rd prize for the layered fox pendant.
Exhibitions include work at the James Hockey Gallery – Farnham, The Craft Study Centre – Farnham and at the Gemmological Institute of China – China.
With a love of all things dark, her inspirations are varied; fairy tales, fantasy, nature, gothic, history; they all find their way into her jewellery.
One of her current collections has focused on bird and animal skulls; with some of the jewellery pieces cast from real skulls, bones and claws - all of which are found bones.
She also has a deep love of lace and fabrics, and has been experimenting with casting lace; as well as crushing and manipulating metal to give the appearance of folded or flowing fabric.
Other designs often capture a moment in time, or tell a story. She has a particular passion for layered and moveable pieces; with an emphasis on interchangeable pieces. One of which won the Pewter Live Competition.
Future designs will be more kinetic, incorporating lockets and poison rings. With such an eclectic mix of inspirations; bird skulls, bats and scarab beetles, sit comfortably next to lace and lichen and twigs.
Tracy Hills is a member of:
The GJD (Guild of Jewellery Designers)
SRAJD ( Self representing Artist in Jewellery Design)