Colour Mapping / Saturday 18th November 2017 - Saturday 13th January 2018
This exhibition continues our tradition of print and jewellery over the festive season.
For 2017/18 our featured printmaker will be Colin Moore. Colin is a painter and printmaker from the Clyde coast of Scotland who is now based in Dorset. His bold, dynamic style displays the beauty of the British countryside and coastline. The exhibition will include both framed and unframed limited edition prints for sale.
Up to a dozen jewellers will be invited to exhibit pieces that complement the strong lines and colours of Colin’s work. Confirmed jewellers include Rachel Brown, Jane Dzisiewski, Trevor Forrester, Linda Jeanne Jones, Emily Kidson, Nicola Rawlings, Dot Sim and Su Trindle.
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Colin Moore was born on the Clyde Coast of Scotland in 1949. He studied architecture in Glasgow, and following an international career in architecture and design, has worked mainly as a painter and printmaker since 2004. He has lived in Spain, Venezuela and London and currently lives in Dorset, England.
His book, Propaganda Prints, art in the service of social and political change, was published by Bloomsbury in August of 2010
His paintings and prints can be obtained from a number of galleries around the UK. Contact the artist for information.
Rachel Brown is an award winning jeweller who explores the technique of drawing on enamel. This unusual enamelling process involves simply drawing onto the surface of the enamel with a graphite pencil. Rachel has eliminated colour altogether, a bold move in an otherwise traditionally brightly coloured medium, she uses white enamel, exploring the colours that you can get when firing white enamel together with the various tonal shades of grey from the graphite.
The theme of her work is mark making, exploring repetitive patterns, lines and textures. Familiar shapes often appear but no two pieces of work are alike therefore making the jewellery unique, one-off pieces. Rachel’s work has been described as ‘stylish and very wearable’.
“The drawn line is manipulated beyond the page and transformed into a variety of mediums. Pattern, colour and textures found in land and seascapes, ancient artefacts, decorative ornamental designs, paintings and architecture are re-appropriated using new technologies and materials, alongside more familiar silversmithing and textile methods.
Resin is a canvas to record a sensory, emotional or intellectual response to objects that are viewed in isolation, or within the context of their environment. The creative journey begins with a photograph from which drawings are made. These images form the pattern or framework for a piece and the negative space provides individual areas of interest complementing the whole. Extensive mould making and material experimentation are utilised and the result often confuses and intrigues the observer as to the processes and materials being used.
This innovative approach to the development of resin as a medium elevates it to an exciting alternative to the usual stones traditionally used in jewellery; challenging the prejudices of material hierarchy and the perception about what is precious – and blurring the lines between artist, designer and maker.”
Trevor trained in silversmithing at Camberwell School of Art and Crafts but it was when he worked with Wendy Ramshaw at weekends and during the college holidays he came to love jewellery.
He has always been drawn to hands-on technique based crafting of metals, revelling in the feel of it in his hands. He quickly discovered an innate talent to manipulate metals and has consistently worked towards refining his skills, always eager to learn new techniques.
Even after such a long time as an artisan he still enjoys discovering different approaches to his craft. In recent years he has added 3D CAD and rapid prototyping to his skills base, never shy to explore cutting edge technology. However, it is still the hands-on making from scratch work he gets most pleasure from, a pleasure that can be seen in his work.
Linda's fascination with making jewellery from various materials started when, as a teenager growing up in South Africa, she was inspired by the country's vast range of semi-precious stones. She was also intrigued by the traditional dress of Xhosa women who wore lots of colourful beads. The designs and patterns of these indicated the cultural status of the wearer within their society.
Then in the 1960s the simple and striking designs of Danish jewellery inspired her to pursue jewellery design and making as a career, but it was not until moving to the United Kingdom long afterwards that she was able to embark on a course focussing on precious metal skills.
Linda completed the BTEC Nat.Cert in Design (Jewellery) at Wirral Metropolitan College in 1989 and has worked independently since then. As well as precious metals and stones, she works with a wide range of materials including plastic, wood, aluminium, copper, brass, glass, enamel and natural objects, still inspired by her early years in South Africa.
Emily makes every piece of jewellery by hand in her London studio, and each piece is the culmination of an immersive creative process. Her inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere, whether a quickly-captured image from nature or the careful contemplation of a painting. Nature, art and architecture are particular influences, and her eye for detail informs the minimal, subtly layered aesthetic of her work.
Emily combines modern materials with traditional jewellery and silversmithing techniques. Handmade silver details, inlay, wood and resin feature in her work alongside the boldly coloured laminate work she has become known for. For this, Emily uses laminate by Formica, made from paper and resin bonded under extreme pressure. She chose it for its endless possibilities: available in 120 colours, its bold modernity is the perfect foil to the soft, oxidised silver finishes and woods she combines it with.
Sensitive use of colour is central to the work. She always makes her colour choices carefully, aiming to be restrained even when bold.
Nicola Rawlings gained a BA with Honours in Combined Studies Design from the University of Leeds in 1999 and a PGCE from the University of Huddersfield in 2000.
An important part of my design process involves the sourcing of materials and ideas. I begin by adapting various lines and shapes from my wall of inspiration constructing sample pieces by hand exploring ways in which my studies can be transformed into contemporary wearable pieces. My sketches and samples are spontaneous and evolve from the act of doing, not planning which is also how I begin my design process.
I primarily work with sterling silver combining other materials in order to experiment with surface and texture. I want my work to be tactile and by introducing elements of ceramic clay, felt, leather and rubber I can create interesting surfaces and arrangements but still keep the lines and forms uncomplicated retaining the raw beauty of the materials explored.
Dot's designs are inspired by her rural Scottish environment – from changing landscapes, windswept beaches, and stormy seas, to the minutiae found in rock pools and the garden. She "draws" with metal to capture movement and quality of line.
The work is handmade using traditional gold and silversmithing techniques. Dot chooses to use precious metals - materials that stand the test of time, and is interested in the role of jewellery as heirlooms that are handed down, providing intimate memories for future generations.
Su Trindle is an independent jewellery designer and silversmith living in Bath, in the west of England.
Su works predominantly in silver and resin. Her jewellery designs are bold, colourful and geometric with strong linear elements.
A recurring source of inspiration are the abstract works of early 20th century sculptors and designers.
Su studied Craft and Jewellery Design at Bath City College.
Su is a member of the the Association for Contemporary Jewellery and the Gloucester Guild of Craftsmen