Artist jeweller, Eleanor Symms, graduated from Edinburgh College of Art as a mature student in 2012. She is based in Edinburgh and exhibits in the UK and internationally. Eleanor’s work derives from a fascination with different types of materials, especially reclaimed plastics, which she finds and scavenges for use in her work. Often, her starting point will be the shape, colour or texture of something she has found; sea-worn plastics from the beach or scraps of waste sheet materials, which would otherwise be discarded. Combining non-precious and precious materials, Eleanor aims to make jewellery which is beautiful and intriguing, rather than purely decorative, questioning the nature of ‘preciousness’ and disposability.