Scottish based Jewellery designer Eileen Gatt has been designing and making jewellery for over 20 years. Her love affair with metal began back in her Art school days, when she first studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. Eileen then went on to do her Masters in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery at London’s Royal College of Art.
After graduating she returned home to the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands to embark on her jewellery career. The Highlands with its rich cultural heritage, its exquisite wildlife and diverse landscapes has long since been Eileen’s main source of inspiration. The soft frosty finishes that adorn her work echo snowy wintery landscapes and the fishing villages that surround the shores provide a rich source of ideas, both visually and historically.
Eileen is fascinated by the mystical interaction between man and the sea and she often uses traditional customs and superstitions as starting points for her designs. Her whimsical yet sophisticated creations evoke a certain sense of nostalgia and allow the wearer to develop their own sense of attachment and meaning. She also takes the opportunity to inject a little humour where possible!
Eileen is most renowned for her stylised animal forms; magically they capture the character of each creature without compromising the wonderfully simple aesthetic. Eileen’s work has always had a strong narrative element. She has been involved with a number of collaborations with storytellers both from the Highlands and from as far afield as Alaska. Her fascination with the Arctic stems back to her early career when she won a Royal Academy scholarship to work with Inuit stone carvers and this experience has fuelled her ideas ever since.
Eileen now flits between her home and workshop in the Highlands and her Edinburgh studio. She employs a small team of highly skilled jewellers and everything is made by hand. You will find Eileen’s work across the globe, from small elite boutiques and galleries to London’s prestigious department store; Fortnum & Mason.