When we saw Heather Scott's 'Animal and Insect' jewellery collection, we knew instantly that we wanted her work featured on Basil & Ivy. Her appreciation for nature so clearly infuses her pieces - it's the natural world translated into beautifully-crafted jewellery.
The intricate detailing of her work is achieved through traditional jewellery-making techniques, in her studio in rural England. Heather uses sterling silver, rose gold and yellow gold in her work, and while she is best known for 'Animal and Insect', her other collections are just as delicate, quirky and unique.
Heather's passion for jewellery design and making started when she stumbled across a book on contemporary jewellery in her Art School's library. She already knew she wanted to work with a 3D medium but after reading the book she knew she had found her passion. Heather went on to further study jewellery design and metal work at university and opened her business straight after graduating, using a shed workshop at the bottom of her parents' garden.
Heather later opened up a shop and studio workshop in a converted pig farm called Cedar Farm in rural Lancashire. It's an artist haven where many people create and sell their work across all different crafts and mediums. From that first little shed workshop, Heather has continued her artistry and business for 18 years now and still loves it.
Considering how much animals influence her work, it's not surprising that Heather and her family share their lives with pets. Four very lucky guinea pigs live in a converted playhouse with tunnels that lead into the garden so they can run around happily and safely. Their occasional playmate is a 70 year old tortoise that Heather's husband inherited. The tortoise sometimes resides with the guinea pigs but they remain unamused by him - and use him as a hurdle to jump over!
To finish off, there's a tank of tropical fish. Seriously, when this Covid business is under control, we're heading over for a visit!
Image credit: Heather Scott Jewellery