Meet the Designer Sheila Fleet at Jenners Loch Lomond Shores
Designer Sheila Fleet invites you to view her new collections and her very latest designs at her Meet the Designer events and in her shops and concessions, Loch Lomond Shores, 22-30 July 9:30am – 6:30pm
Read on for an insight into what inspired Sheila's latest collection.
Well-known Scottish jewellery designer Sheila Fleet OBE, has always been fascinated by the past. Sheila grew up in a landscape where ancient monuments stand beside modern buildings, where farmers plough round stone circles. New collections Lunar and Brodgar Eye both have their origins in ancient stone carvings.
The story began in 2012 when Sheila visited an exhibition in the Orkney Museum showing beautifully carved stones from the Ness of Brodgar, a spectacular archaeological excavation in Orkney. Fascinated, Sheila took out her sketch pad…
The Ness of Brodgar lies between the great ceremonial stone circles of the Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness in an area designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More Neolithic art has been discovered at the Ness than at any other site in the world to date.
Two stones in particular caught Sheila’s attention, one carved with little hollows or cup-marks and another nicknamed the “Brodgar Eye”. The “Eye” is a cup-and-ring carving. This mysterious stone was found near a stone “dresser” in the last building to be used, perhaps it once gazed across the interior, a precious treasure of great meaning.
In both collections the surface of the silver is textured, not smooth. Sheila wanted to recreate the ancient look and feel of the rough rock and the intricate peck-marks made by our ancestors. For the Lunar collection she melted the surface of the silver, a technique called reticulation, in contrast Brodgar Eye is extensively textured by hand. The newly developed Lunar Blue and Misty Blue enamel colours reflect rainwater gathering in the carvings.
As the seasons flow Sheila imagines our ancestors patiently pecking out their stone carvings 5000 years ago. Perhaps they made the cup-marks at full moon, a way to follow passing time or to signify an important event. She has named her first collection Lunar.
The meaning of the cup-and-ring “Brodgar Eye” stone is lost in time but the design is interpreted today in Sheila’s stunning contemporary silver and enamel jewellery.
Find out more about the new designs at the Meet the Designer Events, from 22 - 30 July,9.30am-6.30pm, at Jenners, Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch.