Inspired by discarded and long forgotten objects at flea markets – young up and coming jeweller Victoria Kelsey’s ‘Precious Grime’ shows car boot bric a brac in a new light. With a focus on the build up of dirt over the years – Kelsey instead takes influence from objects that are usually seen as undesirable and transforming them in to something beautiful.
A collection inspired by dirt may not seem like the most obvious choice for a jeweller’s collection – but it makes an odd kind of sense. With exaggerated shapes she creates a highly stylised version of dirt, grime and the organic shapes found in nature. From gold rings that look as if they have melted together through age, well worn looking strands of pearls, baubles of lava and glasses that look like straight up sprouted out of the ground – it’s an interesting concept, and oddly it works. It has a very fluid look throughout – with a real clean (I know….I know) contemporary feel.
Currently working out of Dundee jeweller hub Vanilla Ink – Kelsey’s designs have a really refreshing organic feel throughout. If you fancy picking up one of her guys (the lava watch strap bracelet and gold plated glasses are PERSONAL favourites) you can hook yourself up with some Victoria Kelsey via her etsy store. Kelsey is just one of many talented jewellers working out of Vanilla Ink and absolutely adoring the amount of talent that’s pouring out of Dundee at the moment and I can’t wait to see what else Kelsey (and indeed the rest of the Vanilla Ink team) do next.