Nicola Lillie



Nicola graduated from Hereford College of Arts with a First Class BA (Hons) in Contemporary Design Craft in 2015. Nicola won Goldsmith’s Precious Metal Bursary Award, and was voted a Craft and Design Magazine’s ‘one to watch’ in 2015.

She is primarily inspired by architecture, especially agricultural architecture. She uses the ideals behind preciousness and value and contrasts them through texture, connection and form in culturally accepted ‘precious metals’ (silver and gold) to discuss the notions behind things that are valued, versus that which is truly valuable. Since graduating, Nicola has been creating smaller commercial lines of jewellery which focus on distilling key visual themes, creating more geometric shapes and connections in precious metals. Travel influences each collection, including visits to New Zealand, Budapest and The Lakes.

Nicola loves to explore our relationships with places and space; and how this encapsulates our interpersonal relationships. Through texture, surface, mark making and form; Nicola represents these concepts in precious metal. The enjoyment of the relationships we hold with object and place continues strongly into Nicola’s commission based wedding and keepsake jewellery work. She loves to work closely with clients to create bespoke items which hold special meaning.