Beastie Assemblage by Linda Lovatt is a craft business working from a small studio at Gallery In The Alley in Jedburgh. Linda creates a range of whimsical, quirky jewellery and assemblages from verdigris copper and fragments of the past.
She said: “My work was originally inspired by materials dug up in my large unruly garden – broken pottery, old bottles and iron keys. Sadly, I have long since exhausted my garden’s riches and I now source my vintage china, bottles and keys from charity shops and salvage yards.
“Coming from a family of engineers, I have always enjoyed working with metal. Metal is strong and robust, yet it can be coaxed, heated and beaten to create amazingly intricate work.”
Linda started selling her work at local craft fairs, but now also supplies galleries all over the UK and Ireland. She has taken a stand at the British Craft Trade Fair for the last three years and orders are increasing steadily. To keep up with demand, Linda has taken on a talented band of creative assistants to help in the studio/workshop.
Gallery In The Alley is also moving to new larger premises on Jedburgh High Street in April. The workshop will be an integral part of the gallery, so visitors will be able to watch the artists at work.
The new gallery will sell Linda’s beautiful work as well as the work of other contemporary artists and craftspeople.