Introducing Laura Brookes - Jewellery Maker
I first started making jewellery over 12 years ago with the initial intent of making simple costume jewellery for my friends and family. I have always been fascinated with teaching myself new skills and discovering chainmaille fuelled that fascination. The challenge of creating a beautiful piece of jewellery from a technique that was functional and used in wartime is one of my main motivators for my overall collection.
Each piece in the chainmaille collection is carefully designed to fit cohesively but also display a wide variety of traditional mailling techniques from all over the world, as well as modern silversmithing methods. Traditional European mailing techniques are drawn upon in pieces such as the King’s Chain set and the Cascade set, with Japanese techniques used in the Flower pendant and earrings. Persian styles – misleading in their name, having never originated from Persia! – are also drawn upon heavily in many designs.
Overall the collection is designed in a way to fuse war with art – creating something beautiful and unique from something previously utilised for function, protection and decoration, an interesting concept.
I work from home, usually on the sofa with the help of my cat, endless Netflix box sets and a bottomless cup of tea! Aside from chainmaille jewellery, my other passions include yoga and swimming, and I am also an avid gamer.