Heather McDermott is a contemporary jeweller based on the Isle of Skye. Her newest collection ‘Tidal Surge’ contemporises the shoreline of Skye by using stainless steel, acrylic and vivid colour. Heather creates statement, wearable pieces that reflect her love of contemporary jewellery. Heather graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2011 with an MA in jewellery and recently launched her business in late 2012.
The tideline of Skye is a treasure trove of unique objects discarded from the urban environment and reformed by the battering of the sea. The landscape is dense with windswept linear grasses on the hillside and gnarled trees moulded by the ever-changing weather.
These scenes are Heather’s constant source of inspiration and have sparked the theme for her current collection ‘Tidal Surge’.
Unconventional in size and structure, each piece is an expression of sculptural form and is designed to create a statement.
Stainless steel is hand formed into soft geometric shapes mimicking fishing nets and lobster pots. Repetition creates chaotic chain which is then embellished with weathered discs of vivid colour inspired by washed up buoys. The use of industrial materials throughout this collection contemporises the ever-changing shoreline found around her home.
Iconic colours from the landscape of Skye are transferred and weathered onto these statement buoy earrings. Gorse yellow for the end of spring, sea green when the Mediterranean like seas appear in summer, and dreich grey for the winter.
Capturing the greyer side of Skye, these necklaces depict those winter days where you can see the rain and mist sweep over the mainland and engulf the outer islands of Eigg and Rum.
Discarded Rope earrings
One of the shapes found on the ever changing shorelines of Sleat has been transformed into this elegant earring. Hanging from an ‘afloat’ stud this stainless steel shape gives a great contrast to the highly polished silver.
Working Buoy Brooch
This statement brooch embodies the shape and colour of the iconic buoys that withstand the turbulent seas surrounding Skye. The circular grey a reminder of the ever present dark Atlantic.
Meaning ?to entangle' this fankle necklace represents the tangled chaotic rope and debris that is found washed up on the beaches in Aird. Layers of stainless steel chain trap a disc coloured by the weather.
Summer Swell necklace & Stacking Creel bangles
This beautiful necklace encaptures the grace of the calm lapping waves of the summer sea. It can be worn loose or wrapped twice to create different shapes and lengths.
After each fishing trip the creels are stacked on the beaches, every day a new shape and pattern. These bangles illustrate this image as the shapes they create change with the movement of the body.