State of Flux

9th April 2015

‘Around a quarter of British adults will experience a diagnosable mental health problem in any one year’ (1)

The ‘State of Flux’ is a contemporary jewellery design participatory research project designed and developed by Lisa Arnott in partnership with COMAS through their WOMANZONE project.

Mental health problems cause considerable poor health in Scotland. Rates of suicide in Scotland are higher than in England and Wales. Mental health problems can affect anyone but people who are likely to be socially excluded, such as people living in deprived areas, are at higher risk. (2)

As the project title indicates there are a variety of meanings. Flux as a technical jewellery term is a product used to enable a join to come together. The term ‘In a state of flux’ is often used by society to describe a period of change for an individual which will leads to a new direction.

The research project aims, through the act of making, to discover how and if the process of recovery can aid the recovery of women, who are recovering from addiction.

The project also aims to:

  • The opportunity to develop skills in traditional metal jewellery making
  • To develop their self-confidence and aid their recovery.

It is the view of the project that building the women’s self-confidence through the act of making will in turn have an impact on their mental health and also encourage the potential for future personal development.

  1. Robotham, Dr D, Morgan,K, James, K (2014). Learning for Life Adult learning, Mental Health and Wellbeing: Mental Health Foundation [online]
  2. The Mental Health Strategy for Scotland 2012-2015 [online]
  3. COMAS

Funding for "Inspiring Lives Project"

3rd September 2014

Lisa successfully received funding from the national lottery for her Inspiring Lives Project.

The project will bring together a sculpture, printmaker, visual artist and Lisa as the jewellery collaborating with pupils at Craigroyston Community High School.

The project will encourage you people to create arts works inspired by sporting activities and the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow 2014


26th November 2012

SHINE is a partnership project between SilverHub Studios, Craigroyston Community High School and North Edinburgh Arts. Lead by contemporary Jeweller Lisa Arnott, this dynamic project aims to introduce young people and adults from Muirhouse to contemporary jewellery practice. To date the participants have developed skills in traditional jewellery design, including sawing, soldering and creating texture and surface, visited the Chris Ness Contemporary Goldsmith, the Scottish Gallery, the Open Eye Gallery to see their collections in contemporary jewellery design and the National Museum of Scotland to look at how different cultures have used jewellery to express their lives. Participants also spent an afternoon in SilverHub Studios and continued to work on their own designs and also met the resident professional jewellers at the Studio.

Follow the journey of the SHINE project on the SilverHub Studios facebook page

SilverHub Studios

26th November 2012

Lisa is the Director of SilverHub Studios. The Studio was opened in May 2011 and runs classes for adults and provids a professional resource for jeweller designers. This fully functional and highly equipped studio is home for 6 professional jewellers who have exhibited at a locally and internationally.

To find out more about the classes that Lisa runs, or if you a professional jewellery and wish to rent a bench and be part of the SilverHub Studio family get in touch

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