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Hannah Coates

I live and work in North Wales and have been running my business making jewellery and other creations since 1991. Much of my work is inspired by living things, including birds, fish and insects.

My current work is made mainly from a selection of colourful recycled mixed media. I utilise the semi rigid structure of plastic bottles to gain form and add colours and patterns by using collaging techniques with a variety of discarded packaging, including foils, papers, and plastics. I then build up layers by fabricating and sewing each piece together with fine wire and beads.

I have always had a keen interest in nature and am especially fascinated by entomology. Amongst my other work, I make wearable insects. These are the results of continued experimental explorations of my chosen medium. They are sometimes based on real insects, but are often my own inventions- a spontaneous reaction to the colours and properties of the materials. These experimental pieces are an important part of my creativity. They add a playful enjoyment and freshness to my practice whilst in turn aiding the continued development of my jewellery designs.

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