Beautiful Death

Beautiful Death

Wear that carcass with pride

You're on a romantic walk, when your date veers off to retrieve a robin from the road — not a red breast that's fighting for its life — no, this particular bird has very much kicked the bucket. Introducing the elegant and beautifully macabre jewellery making world of Kate Gilliland. Immortalising foxes' molars, whole crabs and tiny spines found by her or by her nature loving friends from across the shores, she uses lost wax casting to create pieces ranging in price from £25, rising to around £200. The claws (pictured) were cast using oxidised silver and belonged to a female blackbird, found serenely still on a pavement in Leicester. Less serene was the postman who had to deliver a (damp) whole frog through Kate's letterbox on another occasion.


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