Designed and created in the Isle of Skye, the inspiration behind Indigo Berry fusion jewellery may not be as obvious as you first think.
Working from her small croft house overlooking Loch Harport and the Cuillins, artist Michelle Seviour draws colours and ideas from the natural landscape and changing light, as well as the culture of the Highlands. But many Indigo Berry creations start from a good old rummage in a battered old biscuit tin that once belonged to her grandmother. Inside is a treasure trove of vintage buttons and belt buckles - many of which end up taking centre stage in one-off designs for Indigo Berry necklaces and earrings. Michelle likes to mix things up, adding ethically sourced gemstones and quality glass beads with the vintage and up-cycled elements.
'Like many of you, I remember playing with the fabulous buttons in my grandmothers button tin when I was a child - fascinated by the colours and textures. Each button had a story - the little pale blue plastic rabbit buttons from my uncles baby cardigan, the shell pearl buttons from a favourite blouse. Old buttons still fascinate and inspire me and I was lucky enough to inherit grandmothers button tin, meaning that many of those unique buttons make their way into my creations today.' Michelle Seviour Creative Designer Indigo Berry
With a degree in Art History and previous career in art galleries, Michelle has always been a creative person. Her particular love for the work of the Pre-Raphaelites also comes through in her designs. She discovered jewellery-making when, being too much of a coward to get her ears pierced, she struggled to find clip-on ear-rings that she liked and proceeded to design and make her own.
'Nearly 25 years after making that first set of ear-rings , Indigo Berry was launched (and yes I did eventually pluck up the courage to get my ears pierced!)'
Indigo Berry creations are available from the Indigo Berry Esty Shop, www.indigoberry.co.uk website and through www.cindyharr.com. For those of you lucky enough to be visiting the Isle of Skye watch out for local craft fairs and community events throughout the year where you can meet Michelle in person at the Indigo Berry stall, or visit Cuillin Crafts in Portree. Commissions also welcome.
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