Meet Quercus Silver at West Dean College Design and Craft Fair

Quercus Silver will be showcasing new additions to their range of sculptural modern silver and resin jewellery at this weekend's West Dean College Design and Craft Fair.  As designer, and UK Handmade portfolio member, Su Trindle told us, “Working for a particular exhibition or show is a great opportunity to develop new work or expand a current jewellery range. I will usually start this three or four months before the event to give me time to research and develop new techniques. 

Quercus graphico brooch

I often kick-start ideas for a new project by taking simple photographs and digitally manipulating them.  This gives me new forms and lines to play with.  For example, when I was asked to be part of a rings exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park last year I knew I wanted to make something just for them.

Quercus digital sketch

Like many people, I have a collection of jars and bowls full of sea glass and pebbles. They bring back happy memories of sunshine, rain and all the colours of a family holiday. These little bowls of memories were the starting point for my Pebble collection.

Deciding to go with the strong shapes my work is known for let me invest my time casting and forming my own pebble shapes in resin.  I researched colour combinations inspired by Matisse, Patrick Heron and Terry Frost.  The final collection is full of seaside colours and I like the hint of sixties lava lamp about them, too.

Quercus pebble rings

Colour is a vital element of my jewellery and I admit I can get obsessed with my latest favourites. At the moment I love lemon sherbert and turquoise. I use ground pigments to give intense colour to the resin.

My Pop and Pebble collections have a sixties feel and the simple round shapes are great for showing off vibrant colours.  

Quercus Pop earrings

My Graphico jewellery is more complex. The shapes, motifs and muted reflect its roots in my love of Fifties textiles and sculpture.  

Quercus Graphico pendant

Designing new pieces, revisiting and developing current ranges for specific exhibitions and shows keeps my work fresh.  Recently, I’ve added big bold brooches and now, for West Dean Design and Craft Fair, I am introducing large statement pendants.”

Su Trindle - Quercus Silver

The second annual West Dean College Design and Craft fair is the latest from Tutton and Young, the creative spark behind the prestigious Made London and Made Brighton fairs. The venue couldn’t be more beautiful or more apt as West Dean College has an international reputation for its courses in conservation and creative arts.

To find out more and to book your tickets visit:

You can find the full list of Exhibitors here.

To see Su's work visit Quercus Silver at Stand 87.

Friday 19 – Sunday 21 June, 10am – 5.00pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Adult £9, children under 16 FREE

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