A focus on nature for talented young Gray’s artist

A talented 3D Design student from Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Gray’s School of Art uses nature as her inspiration in creating unique pieces of jewellery, which will go on display at the Degree Show 2018.

Lauren McKay (21), of Cellardyke, Fife, relocated to Aberdeen to pursue her dream of becoming an artist and enrolled on the 3D Design course which helped her focus on jewellery design and opened the door to career opportunities in the field.

“I chose this course as it was a mixture of disciplines including jewellery, glass, ceramics and product,” she said. 

“I always knew I wanted to do something similar to these courses but wasn’t sure which medium to work with. By opting for this course I could experience a little bit of each which has helped me make a clear decision - that being jewellery design.”

Growing up surrounded by nature, Lauren was inspired to create jewellery to reflect its beauty.

“I have decided to focus my research on mushrooms, lichen and fungi. By studying closely the structure and colour of these natural forms I have created a collection of functional jewellery with unique properties that reflect the organic shapes and colour of these species.”

Lauren attributes the top-quality technologies and resources at Gray’s School of Art to her success.

“I have extremely enjoyed this course, it has given me the opportunity to try new things and work with modern technologies that I would never have experienced if I hadn’t come to Grays.”

The young student says that her time at university has been highly beneficial and has particularly enjoyed meeting new people and discovering new artistic techniques. After graduating this summer Lauren plans to follow a career in jewellery design, further enhancing her skills as an artist.

The Gray’s School of Art Degree Show 2018 takes place at the art school from June 16 – 24. For more information please visit

Release by Rob Smith
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