Working predominantly in Gold and Silver, and incorporating a wide range of modern materials such as resin and perspex, Athene designs and hand makes all her pieces in her studio in Guernsey. Four distinctly different ranges of jewellery are produced, alongside a range of headwear.
Using traditional techniques mixed with a modern, inventive approach to combining materials and influences, she creates jewellery which draws inspiration from the natural world. A questioning mind and a willingness to explore design from different perspectives means that interesting results are achieved. Athene uses recycled materials and found objects along with coins collected from around the globe, to inject fun, humour and an element of irreverence into her work. A love of colourful beads and semi precious stones, combined with bright perspex and dyed resin creates an eye catching display. This is alongside silver and gold pieces which celebrate texture, combining organic forms with precious metals to provide beautifully simple pieces.
The Millinery designs range from traditional silver and gold wedding tiaras inspired by spiral and other organic forms, to delightfully giddy and playful headpieces which aim to solve the problem of what to wear for a modern wedding. These pretty clips and combs use a combination of millinery and jewellery techniques to create truly stunning conversation pieces. A variety of traditional hand trimmed hats completes a selection which has something for everyone.
Whether working with individual clients to design special pieces or designing new work to add to the current collection, Athene works with a spontaneity sparked by a fascination for natural forms and the sheer variety of the living world around us. She strives to produce a range which celebrates a drawing together of many different techniques and materials.