Graduating with a 1st from Central St Martins in Textile Design in 2007, Emma then worked for Vivienne Westwood Jewellery until she decided to take the leap into self-employment and set up her own design studio in 2011.
Emma Calvert creates bold textile jewellery by fusing traditional techniques with sculptural forms and contemporary colours. Crossing from textiles into jewellery, Emma explored the idea of making a two-dimensional fabric into a three-dimensional form through weaving, folding and knotting.
Working with a variety of fabrics, ribbons are intricately folded by hand using decorative knotting techniques. Each piece is then carefully finished with handmade silverwork that complements the graphic shape of the textiles.
Drawing on inspiration from cities across Europe, elements of architecture, fashion, fine art and history are referenced in Emma’s colour palette. From the vibrancy of a 15th century stained glass window to the greyness of a disused tower block, Emma’s instinctive use of colour and tone is echoed in her jewellery by mixing textures and hand-dyed ribbons with neon bright tones and highly polished silver.
Emma is currently part of the Craft Council’s Hothouse scheme for emerging makers as one of 10 makers selected for the South West Cohort in partnership with the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and the University of Plymouth.
Made to Order
For those looking for a unique design, Emma offers a bespoke colour service and works closely with clients to create something special.