Kate Gilliland calls her jewelry collection “The Weird and the Wonderful,” and the she is not lying. Think: Alice in Wonderland, if she had a penchant for dead mice and squashed frogs. Gilliland, a member of the Design Space in Birmingham, England, creates jewelry inspired by dead animals that she encounters in everyday life. But it isn’t at all macabre. “The found and treasured dead animals she uses in her jewelery are a celebration of life as much as they are of death. They evoke questions and illuminate your curiosity, conjuring fantastical tales,” her website explains.
In the end her pieces are pretty, but with a cool off-beat twist. A ring inspired by a femur bone, one that evokes a bird’s claw, plus a pair of earrings in the shape of a spine. Here’s hoping that she and Mr. Kate get together for some kind of collaboration soon.