Cari-Jane Hakes makes and designs jewellery in her workshop on the edge of the East Yorkshire Wolds.
She is originally from Glasgow, Scotland and learnt how to design whilst studying to become an Architect at the University of Bath and the University of Cambridge. Whilst learning to design buildings and bridges she became fascinated with the details – the bits of architecture that scale a building right down to the size of a human hand – a door handle, a handrail, a staircase, a bench.
Cari swapped her hard-hat and rigger boots for a soldering torch and jeweller’s saw in 2005 and began to learn the discipline of jewellery making and design at Morley College, London.
Cari-Jane’s work explores themes that embody movement; both literal and metaphorical. Her ‘Murmmuring Flock’ collection represents the movement of the starlings that swoop close to her workshop.. Her latest work, The Secret Garden collection, explores themes of transforming fragility into strength.