Jill Newbrook trained initially as a graphic designer, graduating from Maidstone College of Art in 1975. She studied Jewellery making at Sir John Cass in London and now works from a studio in north London. Jill's jewellery is characterized by strong simple shapes and decorative patterns and treatments. This can take the form of intricate patterns photo-etched onto silver sheet, then either fabricated and hand-finished, or combined with a contrasting precious metal, sometimes frosted or satin finished. The aim is for a rich and decorative treatment with a clean contemporary look. Jill often uses of Mokume Gane (meaning woodgrain metal) the Japanese metalworking technique in which several layers of contrasting metals are fused together, deformed, then rolled flat to expose the layers and given a patina finish. Gemstones are occasionally used to add interest and colour. Each piece is individually handmade. In 2006 Jill's work was commended in the Fine Jewellery section of the Craftsmanship and Design Awards.

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Selected Exhibitions

New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

Lesley Craze Gallery, London

'Top Dressing' Model House, Llantrisant, Wales

'Rare Find' New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

'Focus on Four' Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow

Jane Moore Gallery, Leamington Spa

Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow

Gowan Gallery, Sawbridgeworth, Herts