About Queen's Wood Studio

Hello, I’m Hattie and I’m the maker behind Queen’s Wood Studio.

My jewellery all starts as one of these organic shapes of silver which I make by melting recycled silver and letting it flow between charcoal surfaces. I love how the shapes look like pieces of nature and how the finished jewellery can be quite dramatic but restful at the same time – like stepping out of our four walls and spending time amongst the trees.⁠

 

I use recycled silver

so I see it as a kind of rewilding process, from its previous functional role in electronics or traditional jewellery, into something that follows the slow shapes of lichen or coastlines. The process of designing is like putting together beautiful pebbles or leaves.

Soon after I founded Queen’s Wood Studio in 2014, I realised I could make jewellery in a sustainable way. The silver could be 100% recycled, the stones vintage and antique rather than new-mined, the processes using kitchen cupboard ingredients instead of toxic chemicals, and the packaging recycled too. I love this way of working with what I can find, designing my jewellery like a collage artist. Every piece I make is truly one of a kind.

 

My inspiration

is from the landscape, from art, poetry and stories, and from the eclectic nature of my materials themselves. I am currently researching my local fen landscape. The wetland reeds and sedges, squelching paths and light-reflecting pools are steadily feeding into my new work. I am also exploring local archeology and learning about the fen people who lived in reciprocal relationship with this landscape for millennia.⁠

 

I am based in Suffolk

where I moved last summer after 5 beautiful years in the Czech Republic. Before that I lived in London which is where I founded Queen’s Wood Studio in my flat in Highgate overlooking Queen’s Wood – an ancient wood that may even be a piece of the original wildwood that used to cover this whole land. After years in the city I am loving living amongst the trees again.

 

My mission

is to bring to you a different, gentler jewellery. To offer you something bold but easily wearable because of its subtle light-reflecting surfaces and natural shapes. My love and joy is in making you feel beautiful; the most You version of yourself. Because confidence leads to kindness and what happier way to make a change in this world.

My moment on Czech TV

telling the story of my sustainable jewellery brand and how I create my unique organic-form pieces. Watch to see footage of my fashion show with BIELA at Brno Design Days.
From the new Czech TV series FOREIGNERS IN BRNO, a series of interviews with interesting and inspirational people who came to Brno from all different parts of the world.

Exhibitions

October 2020 – ‘Undefeated’ outdoor fashion show in collaboration with Atelier Tammam, London

March 2020 – Designer showcase at the Tears of Fashion Grand Opening at Josefina Bakošová (formerly Harddecore), Prague

February 2020 – Pure London in collaboration with Lemuel MC, London

December 2019 – Lemarket, Prague

November 2019 – Let It Slow, London

November 2019 – Czech Fashion Festival, Brussels

October 2019 – Brno Design Days Fashion Show in collaboration with BIELA clothing

June-October 2019 – Summer Pop-up at Kurator, Prague

April 2019 – ‘New Mythology’ Solo exhibition at Industra, Brno

March 2019 – ‘New Mythology’ Solo exhibition at Munich Jewellery Week, Munich

December 2018 – ‘The most beautiful Christmas’ Pop-up at Kurator, Prague

October 2018 – ‘Fast Fall’ Pop-up with Theó at The Distillery, Brno

October 2018 – Brno Design Days Fashion Show in collaboration with Theó

December 2017 – December Design Days, Brno

October 2017 – ‘Behind the Scene’ Pop-up with Theó, Brno

Education

2020 – Central St Martins College of Art and Design: Soldering Masterclass

2018 – Central St Martins College of Art and Design: Stone setting in silver jewellery

2012-15 – University of Oxford: DPhil English Literature – uncompleted

2010-11 – University College London: MA Issues in Modern Culture

2006-9 – University of Cambridge: BA English Literature

2005 – City and Guilds: Diploma in Silversmithing