Meet Iona Lundie, A Glasgow based Jewellery Designer Inspired by Scottish Fire Festivals

Why did you choose to be an artist/designer?

I’ve always had a passion to design and create and from a young age I’ve loved making wearable art. I couldn’t imagine a job in which I didn’t have the opportunity to be creative.

What medium do you work in?

I am a jeweller and silversmith working in mostly Sterling Silver and Bronze which gold and other precious metals on commission. I create both jewellery and objects.

What's your background, have you always been an artist/designer?

I studied Jewellery and Silversmithing at The Glasgow School of Art and graduated with my BA(Hons) in 2017.

How has your practice changed over time?

My practice has developed to have several branches of design. I create collections in a variety of styles but some of the collections have a more commercial, daily wear branch as well as the more statement ‘wearable art’ pieces forming a branch better suited to galleries and collectors.

How and when did you started creating?

I have created a variety of things my whole life but my journey into jewellery started in High School when I began designing and making a range of jewellery all made from recycled materials. From this I moved on to study at the Portfolio Course at GSA then onto the degree course.

How would you describe your creations?

A lot of my jewellery and objects are very much mini sculpture. I like to create pieces that are tactile and for my Texture Collection I make work that wouldn’t appear out of place to find in nature. Everything I create has a link to the history and traditions of Scottish Fire Festivals and generally ties to the pattern and texture of burnt wood.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the history and traditions of Scottish Fire Festivals. There are running themes in my work that are drawn directly from this source. I used much of the texture and shape found within burnt wood as well as a strong emphasis on the circle. Scale, repetition and contrast are also hugely influential in my work as each plays a strong role in Scottish Fire Festivals.

Where do you show / sell your art?

I sell my art on multiple platforms both independently through events and my website as well as exhibiting in gallery exhibitions and stocking in independent retail stores such as SDX.

Do you think art can have an impact in the local community?

Yes, art has a huge impact on the local community as it allows a connection regardless of your origins. Art can be inspiring and influential to all ages as well as practical.

Who are your biggest influences?

My influences are always evolving with new jewellery coming into focus constantly. At this moment I am inspired more by the contemporary silversmithing side of the community as I am looking toward creating some larger scale non-jewellery work.

Which current art do you think is having an impact in the world right now?

In terms of jewellery I think that there are many designers having an impact in the world but in a much smaller way than one might originally think of. The sourcing of materials within the industry can be a problem area and any jeweller considering where they source their materials from and making conscious ethical decisions is making a positive impact.

What difference has working with SDX made to your business?

Working with SDX has given me the opportunity to sell my work in retail spaces which have previously been out with the budget of small business. The stores are refreshing among the big high street brands. I have also connected with many other artists during my time in SDX and appreciate the additions to the community of makers.

Thank you to Iona Lundie for participating in our blog.

You can find some of her work in our online shop, click here