Inspired by The Land
Growing up on a farm in Orkney Sheila worked the land with her parents and later developed her interest in rocks and stone at a lapidary club in Edinburgh. She learned to cut and set stones and was so fascinated she opted to specialize in jewellery at Edinburgh College of Art. Land, stone and rock formations have continued to inspire her over the years.
This collection was born from my love of the sensational natural rock shorelines that once linked Orkney and Caithness. The Caithness flagstone is composed of fine grained sand and mud deposited in Lake Orcadie about 380 million years ago in the Devonian age.
The vast, majestic stone cliffs make a sheer descent into the crashing sea below. These dramatic headlands contrast with the gentle curves which are such a feature of the Orkney Landscape. Views of the headlands, and the twinkling of lights from distant houses at night, stirred Sheila’s imagination to create these intriguing pieces.
Sheila grew up at Hoxa Head on the Island of South Ronaldsay, a key vantage point overlooking the entrance to the sheltered natural harbour of Scapa Flow. Looking out across the water, the colours shift with the reflected light, and the cliffs create shadows in the deep.
In the wide-angle panoramic views of Orkney, only a narrow strip of land separates the sea and sky. These land forms create smooth and graceful shapes, reinterpreted in enamel to stunning effect.
The inspiration for these pieces comes from Sheila's fascination with rock formations and their origin.
Sheila's inspiration came from one of her husband Rick's photographs. He captured the mountains reflected in the still waters of Loch Lomond, a wonderful dawn moment. Scotland has such natural beauty one cannot fail to be inspired.
A contemporary collection of jewellery inspired by the matrix and structure of rock.
The shoreline has given Sheila a life long interest in the natural forms of rocks and pebbles. At Art College she found a lapidary club to cut and polish some of the shoreline stones she had collected. The first piece of jewellery Sheila ever made was a ring set with Iona marble, which she had cut from a pebble.