Hannah is a self taught jewellery designer with a focus on using recycled and ethical metals and stones. Under the pseudonym of asterlingidea, she designs one off pieces that create a jarring contrast between the precise beauty refracted in faceted stones and that of the rough, organic molten metal featured in her work. Inspiration is drawn from clashing colours and textures, unusual life experiences and uncomfortable architecture. She prefers to allow ideas to come naturally, without being sketched out in a protracted fashion, which she finds a block to her creative process. By allowing designs to flow, Hannah tackles obstacles and considerations in the moment, letting the metal react freely and tell it's own story.
Each piece is handfabricated to order, often having been made from melted down wire or sheet that has been hand drawn 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 execute 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.