Islay Spalding

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Islay Spalding is a jewellery designer who specialises in bespoke commissions for Kilt Pins and contemporary jewellery.  After graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2005 she set up her workshop in her parent’s garage in Broughty Ferry, moving to a shared workshop in Dundee a couple of years later. Here she had many happy years working on jewellery collections for galleries, establishing the bespoke Kilt Pin part of the business and creating the Man Pin brand with workshop buddy and woodworker Louise Forbes. After dreaming of owning her own workshop, filled with jewellers and creative people, Islay finally bit the bullet and offered up her soul to the money lenders and started Double Door Studios, now her jewellery home.  

Islay’s jewellery is inspired by nonsense stories, surrealist art, landscapes and the world around us, and the beauty of the between, Islay describes her jewellery work as evolving collections. These range from colourful and curvy Biomorphs and Small Worlds to bold and geometric Biocubes and Oddgons.  Her aim in jewellery design and making is to create unique pieces that are well made, unusual and distinctive yet practical and pleasing to wear. 

The Kilt Pins are an abstract take on the traditional style and use elements such as grooves and notches to signify dates, hillscapes, landscapes and coastal outlines and pieces of music or lyrics to bring that personal meaning to the design and make it unique to the wearer. They are fabricated in silver using a variety of hand techniques and can include other metals or materials such as wood and semi-precious or precious stones.

Islay is really excited to now have the space to display work and hold more workshops and events and can’t wait to fill the calendar!