Copyright asterlingidea 2011-2013
© Copyright asterlingidea 2012-2017
Recycled & Ethical designs handmade in Kirkcudbright, Scotland by Hannah Morris
asterlingidea (pronounced a-sterling-idea) is the pseudonym of contemporary, Scottish, Jewellery designer, Hannah Morris. Based in Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, asterlingidea specialises in bespoke, quirky designs made from recycled,and ethically sourced metals and stones.
Within her work, Hannah draws inspiration from clashing colours and textures, unusual life experiences and jarring architecture. She aims to create juxtapositions between the beauty refracted in faceted stones with that of the rough, industrial feel of raw metal. Mixed metals are a frequent theme throughout her work, again creating a contrast between colours and textures that create unusual pieces.
Each piece is handmade to order, often having been made from melted down wire or sheet that has been hand drawn by Hannah in the studio. It is an intensive process which requires both patience and physical strength to execute but ultimately, is is a very satisfying way to reuse waste and scrap metal that would otherwise be discarded. Hannah uses a combination of traditional and experimental metal working techniques in her work, to fabricate every part of her pieces so that there are no third parties – apart from the Edinburgh Assay Office – involved in the making.
The work she creates is rough and bold in essence, making no apologies for the statement it creates about its wearer.