Saturday, 28 May 2011

Cross Country Connections

One of our group, Berkeley Brown, grew up and completed her Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing Degree in Nova Scotia, Canada. After participating in an exchange within her course to the Glasgow School of Art in 2007, she came back this year as one of the Artists in Residence. We thought we'd like to know a little more about her, so Joanna Bletcher compiled a little questionnaire...

an example of Berkeley's work

What made you choose jewellery as the medium for your artistic expression? Would you class yourself as a jewellery designer? 

I was drawn to jewellery after seeing jewellers at work in a local jewellery store when I was 17. I’ve always loved craft and working with my hands and this combined with shiny objects was irresistible I guess. It was the making process rather than the product that initially drew me to jewellery and it wasn’t until later that I was exposed to and inspired by contemporary jewellery.

You studied on exchange at GSA as part of your Undergraduate degree from NSCAD, what made you decide to return as Artist in Residence? 

I moved back to Glasgow after finishing my degree because of the supportive and inspiring arts community here. The GSA’s Artist is Residence programme is a brilliant opportunity to return to an art school’s creative and stimulating environment but with a different view or freedom as well as a way to gain valuable teaching experience. I was also drawn to the residency because of the GSA’s enamelling facilities which I wouldn’t have had otherwise.

How has your experience of being immersed in a different country affected your work? 

It’s hard to separate the natural growth of my work after graduation and Scotland’s influence, but it seems that there are unconscious design influences. For example many people have said that some of my new rings recall Macintosh aesthetics in a way, though I hadn’t thought of this at the time. The main thing actually, is meeting so many creative people here and being inspired by their motivation to pursue a career in jewellery.

You appear to enjoy working with non-traditional materials. To what extent do you find that the play with materials affects your final designs? 

Very much! Enamel and paper are the alternate materials that I’ve used so far, both of which present many challenges when combined with metal and made into wearable pieces. I experiment with them to find how they can best be used and in the process of experimenting often discover that my designs have to be changed to accommodate them. I really enjoy this challenge.

How much importance do you place on the display of your work? Is wearability an important factor in its creation? 

I know that display is important, but I believe that a piece should stand on its own- be an interesting piece in its own right. I like to think of jewellery as wearable sculpture, or sculpture in miniature, though I suppose practical wearability may be called into question with some of my pieces. But I make my jewellery with the thought that they can be worn, because this is such a wonderful way of interacting with sculpture as well as a brilliant challenge.

Thanks Berkeley! :)

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Glasgow exhibition

After the Dundee exhibition (9th - 11th June) selected pieces shall move to Glasgow for the exhibition there, at Au Boutique.
Our work will show from Monday 13th - Sat 25th of June, and there will be a drinks reception on Friday 17th June at 6.30 till 9. The exhibition coincides with the Glasgow School of Art Degree Show, so if you're in Glasgow for that pop along to our exhibition, or if you're in Glasgow for the exhibition you can pop along to the Degree Show!
Au Boutique is open from 9 till 6 Monday- Friday, (Thurs 7.30) Sat 10-6pm and closed on Sundays.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Your invitation

So instead of a boring old flyer for our exhibition, we decided to go for cute tiny business cards. It was some struggle fitting on all the important information, but we managed, and below is the result. Read now, as when the business cards arrive the information is possibly going to be waay too tiny, but totally worth it for your wallet sized invitation.

We are currently making final pieces for the exhibition, and are getting very excited about displaying everyone's work. Keep your eyes peeled for posts on the exhibition set up, and we'll even post up pictures of the final result for those of you who can't make it due to not being in the country of Scotland. :)

Image of earrings - Katherine Agnew.

We are...

... seven award winning designers, come together to create the Artists in Residence (A.I.R.) Scotland 2011 group.

We are the Artists in Residence within the Jewellery Departments of Scottish Art Schools - Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (Holly and Joanna) and the Glasgow School of Art (Katherine, Hannah, Berkeley, Malin and Gillian).

Connections is a collaborative exhibition of contemporary jewellery and objects, to show our new work, one year after graduating. The exhibition will be held first in Dundee, then selected pieces will travel to Glasgow and exhibit there at Au Boutique, Great Western Road. More details to follow, nearer the time.

Find out more about us to the left of the page, and keep an eye on this blog for more info on us and the exhibition set up...

We look forward to seeing you at one of our exhibitions!