Lizzie Crichton Coulter: Painter, Printmaker and Jewellery Maker.
I have always been creative. I trained in Art and Design at Northampton School of Art, at Leicester, for a short time at Chelsea, then back to Leicester De Montfort, studying Painting and Printmaking but was always interested in jewellery design and making. I paint in acrylic, watercolour and oils, often using mixed media; in printmaking, I work in etching and linocut. My work has been accepted by the Royal Academy and is in collections in British Colombia, Corsica, France, Spain, and New Zealand as well as in Great Britain.
For inspiration for all my work I love the countryside, beaches, old buildings and looking into and out of old buildings and greenhouses. I fell into jewellery making as I couldn’t find what I wanted in the shops and suddenly friends were wanting my jewellery for themselves and for presents, then they passed the word on. Having always been an inveterate collector of stuff – broken necklaces, antique chandelier drops, Georgian shoe buckles included, many were incorporated in my work.
I started silver smithing and working with silver clay which I use to encapsulate real leaves and flowers found on my walks around my village and thus make something beautiful and lasting out of something ephemeral.
Commissions have included portraits of portals of National Trust properties, a series of Northamptonshire oak tree portraits and, in a way most rewardingly, making pendants from the petals of the brides bouquet as a permanent reminder of “The Day”.