2nd PRIZE - HAYLEY BROOKS
Well done on winning the Vanilla Ink Graduate award! I want to tell our readers a little bit about you and your beautiful work.
Vanilla Ink: Based in Glasgow, then moved to Dundee to study Jewellery and metalwork. What led you on to this journey?
Hayley: Having completed my three years of NQ/HNC/HND of Jewellery and silversmithing at Cardonald college, I was applying to art schools from there. Originally wanting to stay in Glasgow so I didn't have the expense of moving away from home, but then when the prospect of studying at DJCAD, Dundee presented itself I knew I had to give it a bash. And looking back now on what iv learned and gained experience in, I am so glad I did.
Vanilla Ink: What inspired your latest collection?
Hayley: The Scottish landscapes, well the photographs I've taken of the Scottish landscapes were the main inspiration for my latest collection, and not only the huge landscapes but the small microscopic details of things I find at my feet, little details within rocks and stones etc.
Vanilla Ink: Where do you find the most peaceful place in Scotland?
Hayley: That's a hard one! The Scottish highlands are so peaceful, scenic and picturesque. I'd probably be inclined to say Glencoe. In my spare time I enjoy a good hill walk and love exploring, I'll never get bored of the amazing views we get right here on our doorsteps!
Vanilla Ink: What got you on to working with such materials as aluminium and silicone and do you enjoy it?
Hayley: Well I had been experimenting with both these materials on separate projects in third year, and had really enjoyed playing with both materials. So when it came to fourth year and trying to decide what to do for degree show, I was really experimenting with everything, you name it! It became too difficult to choose because I was so eager to try everything, so I had to try and rope in and decide what was important to me. The things that I decided upon were texture and being able to include my photography in my pieces. The anodised aluminium really worked well with adding photographs onto the metal, and from there I wanted to partner this with a textural material, which would really lend itself well to silicone.
Vanilla Ink: You clearly enjoy the process as much as the final piece and you capture it beautifully in your imagery, what part would you say you enjoy the most when you are creating your pieces?
Hayley: I really do enjoy the process, and seeing a piece evolve from the start - when I am taking photos in the highlands - to a wearable piece of jewellery, is so rewarding. But I would say the transferring of images to both materials and seeing the outcome is most enjoyable to me.
Vanilla Ink: Who would you love to see wearing your pieces?
Hayley: I do see them as quite contemporary fashion jewellery pieces, but honestly, anyone who loves them. I just want them to be enjoyed, loved and worn.
Vanilla Ink: What’s your favourite piece that you have created so far?
Hayley: I think it's between the cuffs or the chokers. But the chokers are more statement I would say and I like to wear a piece as much as I can, so I think I'll go with the cuffs as they are very wearable, so much so I had to make myself one!
Vanilla Ink: What’s next?
Hayley: Good question, for now I am setting up a small workshop space at home so I can continue to make. And in the new year, I am hoping to join the Vanilla Ink programme thanks to being awarded the 2nd prize for undergraduate of the year from Kate! So until then I will hopefully be working part-time, and continuing to make taking inspiration from the degree show collection, and adding some more commercial designs too.
You can currently see Hayley's work in Gallery48 in Dundee as part of the DJCAD one's to watch and she will also be exhibiting with Kath Libbert Gallery in their New Graduate exhibition at the start of next year and her work will soon be available to buy online from her website.