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Name: Eileen MacAlister


Much of my work as a maker of jewellery is influenced by my other profession – that is as is a psychodynamic psychotherapist.  I am interested in the unconscious and how ideas for my work emerge almost as though they come from nowhere. Certain shapes appeal to me as a way to create pieces and although I might sketch out an idea first I like the freedom to develop or change it as I begin to work with the metal.

Working mainly in 925 silver I explore forms that  often echo  natural shapes such as stones, shells and spices.

People express something of themselves by the jewellery they wear and I hope to make pieces that will resonate with some aspect of the wearer, whether consciously or unconsciously. Essentially jewellery attracts us at an emotional level and often has a particular meaning for the wearer. I like that a connection is made between the maker and the wearer even though we may never meet each other.