Her Metallic Labyrinth
“My work explores the contrast between the natural environment and the manmade, industrial world, to produce a unique style… The different shapes and forms that I see on a daily basis are subtly transformed using my own personal, visual language into necklaces, bracelets and rings, that are sensual and comfortable to wear.” - Alison Evans
Alison Evans composes jewelry of detailed and contemporary antiquity. From her studio in rural East Sussex, she follows the ancient techniques of chainmail. Observing the natural world before her, she then transforms titanium and recycled gold and silver wires into majestic, urban webs of beauty, individually linked together by hand. Her works are exhibited across the U.S., U.K. and France, and revered in the Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Sotheby’s London, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Loot, the Museum of Art & Design in New York, among others.
The artist is motivated by the properties of the metals and seeks out their marvelous evolution as she carefully pieces her raw materials into exacting form and shape. Once completed, rapturous compositions unfold to melodic, metallic tapestries on the body. Her works are grand to behold, yet soft and elegant to the touch. Complex and modern works become all at once delicate, inspired by the duplicitous processes found in history, industry and nature. Echoing the movement of metals in their molten forms, wrapped around a precious gem, or speckled with an array of divine stones, she creates works of art to be treasured forever.
“I use different metals to create different feels and styles. Titanium has been used to create some of my pieces for many years, it has a great strength, depth of color and is so light and comfortable to wear. I love the contrast of titanium with 18K gold detailing to add a richness or two-tone effect. The silver has a completely different feel, heavier but giving a lighter, brighter touch.” - Alison Evans