Holly is a member of The Suffolk Craft Society, committee member of The Association for Contemporary Jewellery and The Contemporary Applied Arts Group. She has exhibited widely throughout Britain since 1978 and shown in America, Germany, Poland and Australia. Several of her pieces have appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine and between Trade Fairs, Craft fairs and exhibitions, she found time to teach at Bath and Trowbridge.
"When I started to make jewellery, I was excited and inspired by the artifacts of ancient and exotic cultures, but now, I am delighting in my own heritage; The beauty of the British countryside, Its natural stone, the textures of landscape, its' flora and fauna.
I have long wanted to make something using bare wintry twigs. I cast a few in silver and gold, transforming them into literally precious objects and am enjoying playing with the interaction of their shapes, to make earrings, brooches and even bangles.
The hedgerows in Devon have proved an inspiration for my latest work, some of them are hundreds of years old. They are cut every year after the birds have finished fledging their babies and they grow in wonderful tangles on top of deep banked stone walls covered with grass and wild plants. (called Devon banks) You can trace mossy tunnels where shrews and bank voles run. In early Summer there are masses of tall foxgloves lining the lanes, even in January I have found tiny wild ripe strawberries.
I continue to use beach pebbles as if they too are 'precious' stones, but for the first time I have used some traditional semi-precious stones too. I have chosen unusual shapes, like long narrow bars of tourmaline in a millennium cut for their luscious reflections of pinks and greens."
1980 Won Craft Council 'New Workshop GrantRoyal College of Art, London. Jewellery Design M.A. (RCA)
1974-77 Central School of Art and Design, (now Central St Martins) London, Jewellery Design B.A. (hons) degree
1972-74 Ipswich Art School, Foundation Art Course
2012 The Scenic Route, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool,
2012 Design Collection 2012, Winter exhibition, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2011 "FreshAir", New Brewery Arts at Quennington Glos
2009 "Devon Hedges" New Work, Focus Case at CAA. London
2004 Chair of Exhibition Committee for 'Jewellery-Unlimited' Exhibition of Contemporary Jewellery at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.
2004 Joint Editor (with Jessica Turrell) of Catalogue for Jewellery-Unlimited
2000 Steering Committee member for ACJ's Conference in Birmingham, 'A Sense of Wonder Founding Executive Committee member for The Association for Contemporary Jewellery. (ACJ)
2007 JEWELLERS the directory. Association for Contemporary Jewellery published by A&CBlack
2007 THE EARRINGS BOOK by Yvonne Kulagowski published by A&C Black
2004 Jewellery-Unlimited edited by Holly Belsher & Jessica Turrell
2003 Brides etc including Mail Order feature in RED magazine
1994 Jewellery and Accessories by Juliet Bawden
1998 Contemporary Applied Arts, 50 years of Craft
1985 New Jewelry by Ralph Turner & Peter Dormer
1980 Two Covers of Vogue Magazine
Member of :
The Suffolk Craft Society
Contemporary Applied Arts
The Association for Contemporary Jewellery