Jeweller’s designs on show at museum

NILALM101117A2 - Rachel Helen jewellery designer from shed 2 studios
NILALM101117A2 - Rachel Helen jewellery designer from shed 2 studios

AN ILKESTON jewellery designer’s unique creations have been selected to go on show as part of a Turner Prize-winning artist’s exhibition at the British Museum.

Rachel Helen’s designs were chosen by artist Grayson Perry to appear alongside his display titled The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman which is a memorial to makers and builders who have created man-made wonders of history.

Rachel, 31, who is based at Shed 2 Studios on Heanor Road was asked to design pieces specifically for the collection after her designs were spotted at an exhibition last year.

The Juniper Tree collection features a range of bespoke items created using recycled jewellery, all of which feature cameos in fitting with the exhibition.

She said: “It is a complete honour to have my work selected for an exhibition at such a prestigious venue.

“Over the past few months I have been very busy creating the bespoke pieces.

“This particular collection is created using unwanted or damaged vintage jewellery, which I carefully take apart and re-work to create new pieces, so everything in the collection is recycled, reused and one-of-a-kind.”

Rachel also designs commission pieces using precious metals and stones as well as bridal accessories.

Rachel’s items will be on display at the British Museum until February 2012.

For more information and for more designs visit Rachel’s website www.rachelhelendesigns.com.