designs gallery, south west scotland ~
   
designs gallery, south west scotland ~  
       
         
        Eileen Gatt ~ jewellery and silverware  
           











 

After graduating from the Royal College of Art in London in 1997, Eileen returned home to the Scottish Highlands to establish her business.

She works primarily in silver but often incorporates 18ct gold detail to highlight a certain aspect of the design.
 
 
The inspiration for her jewellery and silverware predominantly comes from a study trip to Alaska where she spent time working with Inuit Artists. She discovered that many of them worked in a similar way to her, producing three dimensional interpretations of myths and stories from the ancient world.

Eileen grew up on the Black Isle, a place that takes its name from its dark and mysterious past, and she found many similarities between the two cultures. For example, in Scottish mythology the seal has an important role, with ancient ‘Selkie’ stories which describe people who lived as humans on land but could transform into seals under the sea. The seal is also very well respected by the Inuit people and is viewed as being sacred.

The pieces she makes refer to these myths but are combined with elements from our society today bringing ancient myths into our contemporary world. The forms are pure and simplistic but often have a certain detail which becomes a focal point, such as a small animal form or an etched surface.

She works primarily in silver but often incorporates 18ct gold detail to highlight a certain aspect of the design. She also uses materials such as wood, acrylic, stone and porcelain to complement the silverware.
 
       

designs gallery, 179 king street, castle douglas, s.w.scotland ~ open 9.30 / 5.00 ~ closed sundays