Fiona Chapman
Helensburgh
Scotland
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Colourful, three dimensional jewellery made using recyclable polypropylene.

Biography

Fascinated by materials and their properties, Fiona has developed an innovative technique for fusing polypropylene to make her colourful new range of jewellery.

After several years working with silver and resin, Fiona became increasingly uneasy about using a single use plastic. A desire to work with a recyclable material inspired her to develop her own process for fusing polypropylene. Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer used in stationery, bank notes, food packaging and many other every day applications and is widely recycled. She uses recycled polypropylene in the form of old note book covers and drinking straws. As a "no waste" process, every little scrap can be incorporated into a new piece.

Fiona's new polypropylene jewellery is inspired by geology and microscopic life. Her technique allows her to create paper-thin units, which are assembled to make three dimensional pieces. Fiona works intuitively, with pieces often evolving at the bench.
Living and working in the west of Scotland has influenced Fiona's work, with light, transparency and reflection becomming increasingly important features.