A born-and-bred Bermudian, Rebecca Little designs and handcrafts each and every one of her pieces, taking inspiration from the island’s vibrant colours, as well as its unique architecture. She’s even created a triangular collection that nods cheekily at the infamous Bermuda Triangle. We caught up with her at her studio, Rebecca Little Jewellery, in the colourful, cosmopolitan City of Hamilton.
How would you describe Bermuda’s sense of style?
It’s an eclectic mix of coastal preppy, urban edge, with lots of island spice.
What is it about the island that inspires you creatively?
I'm not sure where to start! There are so many inspiring things about Bermuda. The island has inspired my most recent collections since returning home in 2012. The first is inspired by the geometric shapes found in Bermuda's architectural details, especially the rooftops. My most recent collection is inspired by sailing ropes and knots and I've used twisted wire, knotted and connected in different ways to explore this idea. I'm continually adding to and developing all my collections.
The island has inspired my most recent collections ... The first is inspired by the geometric shapes found in Bermuda's architectural details, especially the rooftops. My most recent collection is inspired by sailing ropes and knots.
What kind of person wears your jewellery?
Someone who wants something a little different, with subtle, understated details.
What’s the one piece you’ve created that you’re most proud of?
Probably the twill necklace that I first made back in 2007 – I worked out a way to connect strips of silver to allow movement. It was really exciting discovering and developing this technique! I've been using this technique ever since in lots of different ways to create lots of different designs.
Are there any fellow Bermuda artisans you’d like to give a shout-out to?
Stratton Hatfield. He creates awesome sculptural dishes in concrete using Bermuda baygrape and banana leaves.