Emma MacLeod is a wonderfully creative contemporary jeweller based in Scotland. From her Dundee workshop, she draws inspiration from industrial construction and fabrication methods, producing miniature, wearable structures. Her unisex jewellery, much of it a homage to Dundee’s docked rig legs, features sharp lines and geometric shapes.
Winner of the Neo Design Award, it comes as no surprise that Emma’s stylish and astutely rendered pieces have been featured by British Vogue. I was keen to find out what led her to jewellery design and which influences shaped her work’s distinctive and characterful style. She says,
‘I was first introduced to jewellery at college before I applied to uni. It was a small class, but my tutor made it really engaging and creative. I’ve always loved sketch book work and this was a key part of the designing on the course. From here I transferred my inspiration and ideas to tangible samples and finished pieces.’
When asked about her influences, Emma cites designers such as, Georg Dobler, Ariane Ernst and Filipa Oliveira as her favourites. Also mentioning Katherine Agnew, a jewellery designer similarly inspired by Scottish heritage and the vast landscapes of the highlands, and London-based Michelle Oh.
‘This winter I will be offering the collection in a yellow 18ct Gold plated finish too. It’ll add a little sparkle to the season. The current collection will be heading to some new stockists, and refreshing some current ones.’
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth