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Hilary Bravo


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About HilaryBravo

Sales 543
On Etsy since 2010

Really Original Handmade Jewellery

I make non precious contemporary jewellery. I live and work in the West of England in the small and very beautiful and historic riverside town of Totnes in South Devon.

My story began when I had a dream one night that I was showing a portfolio of my paintings to a gallery owner, a woman who, as she looked at my work, said to me "Have you ever thought about cutting some of these paintings up and making them into brooches? You really should, they would be stunning" No, it had never crossed my mind.

The next morning, however, I set about the task and made a collection of pieces that I sent off to the Guggenheim Museum Shop in New York and they absolutely loved them. Then I sent a selection to Liberty in London who also wanted to sell them. Everything about my jewellery was and still is, quite original. That was quite some years ago now and I have been very busy selling my work through galleries and shops ever since.

My output is naturally limited as I make my own pieces and I still make a range of jewellery in the way of the dream of course, as brooches, pendants and earrings.

I see beauty in the discarded object, in reflected light and eroded surfaces but most of all in shifting combinations of colour.

I use all sorts of paints and mark making tools, papers, foils etc. Painting on top of silver foil with transparent ink and adding swirls of subtle iridescence brings an ethereal magic, especially when put next to impasto matt paint for example. Sepia ink and gilders pastes add yet another dimension. There are many combinations.

I love to be in my studio early in the morning in time for the dawn chorus in spring and summer or with the rain beating against the windows in autumn or the wood stove crackling away in winter. My time in the studio is quiet time after time spent travelling in search of inspiration. There is a completion of the circle, something I planned for when my children flew the nest. I have plenty of inspiration around the area where I live but I do especially love Paris, Venice, the South of France and Capri, places I never tire of exploring and of delving into the history of.

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  • Hilary Bravo

    Owner, Designer/maker

    My jewellery is One of a Kind - made from painted and gilded paper-mache and resin and painted and gilded resin.

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