Linda Lovett

Linda grew up on a smallholding in Shropshire, surrounded by fields full of wild flowers and quizzical animals, which she loved to paint and sketch. She went on to train as an illustrator and designer at Shrewsbury School of Art and then Glyndwr University, then worked freelance for the next 20 years for various gift companies and museums.

In 2011 Linda opened a gallery in the historic Scottish town of Jedburgh where she lives at an old watermill near the Jed river, with a large and unruly garden. While digging her garden, Linda kept finding beautiful pieces of pottery, old keys and bottles hidden in the soil like pieces of treasure. This inspired her to create a range of assemblage and jewellery for the new gallery, drawing on her love of folk art and French automata.

Linda's garden became a rich source of inspiration and finds such as broken pottery for her creations. The antique and charity shops in Jedburgh also donate their pretty chipped cups, lonely saucers and redundant keys to be turned into a quirky Beastie Assemblage.

So now Linda finds myself surrounded by dancing birds flapping their china wings and wagging their twirling copper tails, and hares with brass whiskers leaping through undergrowth of silver and pewter, taking her right back to her childhood in the Shropshire hills.