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Delighted to announce that my flockOmania catalogues are now available to purchase from Chrome Yellow Books. Chrome Yellow Books are specialists in contemporary European art and craft publications. They regularly hold bookstands at colleges and universities by appointment and participate in special events across Europe including Collect, New Designers and AFEDAP
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Made in the Middle
Contemporary Craft from the Midlands. A Craftspace touring exhibition 2016-2018
Featuring both recent graduates and makers with established reputations, there is a wealth of creativity on display, including ceramics, jewellery, metalwork and textiles. Selected by an expert panel through open entry, it promotes the best of contemporary craft from makers living and working in the Midlands or with a strong recent regional connection. 28 makers have been selected by a panel of curators and craft sector specialists. The makers offer an insight into the skill, creativity and innovative practice within the region.
The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum: 2 December 2016 – 19 February 2017
Launch event: Thursday 1 December, 6.30- 8.30pm
Parkside Gallery, Birmingham City University: 6 March – 29 April 2017
The National Centre for Craft & Design: 13 May – 8 July 2017
Rugby Art Gallery & Museum: 10 Feb – 7 April 2018
The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5QP. Monday – Saturday: 10.00am – 4.00 Sunday: 12.00pm – 4.00pm
image by MARKmagazine.tv Photographer Justin Ridler
I’m delighted that my Subscribe series is on show at Victoria Sewart Contemporary Jewellery Gallery and i
Celebrating the director’s Victoria Sewart’s educational routes in contemporary jewellery ‘in the loupe’ brings together a vibrant collection of work created by artists, educators, researchers, and practitioners from The School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University and Plymouth College of Art and Design.
This eclectic mix of work on show spans the breadth of the jewellery discipline from commercial to contemporary, to handcrafted and digital technologies. These talented jewellers like to experiment with a variety of concepts, materials and processes and this exhibition showcases the diversity of this subject area. They are united by their curiosity for experimentation which builds knowledge and expertise within a particular specialism. It’s this variety of individual directions which underpin the educational experience for students at both institutions which ultimately drives the field forward and feeds the innovation seen in our gallery today.
Each jeweller has an established their own unique voice and the eclectic mix of work on show ranges from hyper decorative excessive ornamentation of intricate details, to bold vibrant and colourful forms. Concepts that transform thoughts and feelings, to jewellery that shocks, jewellery that is interactive and invites playful encounter, to those experimenting with material alchemy, reinventing materials and exploring cutting edge digital technologies. All of which gives you a glimpse at what’s ‘in the loupe’
Exhibitors are Claire Price, Jo Pond, Anna Lorenz, Bridie Lander, Toni Mayner, Sally Collins, Dauvit Alexander, Rachael Colley, Andrew Howard, Sian Hindle, Beaulagh Brooks, Kate Thorley, Zoe Robertson, Maria Whetman, Fern Robinson, Sybella Buttress
In the loupe is on show at
Victoria Sewart Contemporary Jewellery Gallery & School,39 Southside Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2LE
In the loupe then travels to the School of Jewellery in November 2016
Private view Saturday 24th September 6-8pm On until 23rd October 2016
Delighted to be performing as part of ‘ply’ at Precarious Assembly an evening of performance and installation throughout the Whitworth Gallery 6- 9pm , Thursday 4th August 2016
For more information visit Accumulations
I feel rather privileged to be invited to exhibit 2 pieces of work from my current collection flockOmania as an Alumni of Sir John Cass in a forthcoming exhibition titled ‘The Cass: Hands on’ at The Aram Gallery during August 2016
Nicknamed the ‘Aldgate Bauhaus’, The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University) has been part of the creative landscape of east London for over 100 years. As the faculty prepares to leave Aldgate and relocate to the University’s new Islington campus, The Aram Gallery hosts an exhibition celebrating its successes and enduring legacy.
As part of the gallery’s ongoing interest in process, The Cass: Hands On will show new and experimental design at the roots, using this versatile school and its history as the focus.
Work by a range of students, alumni and staff will represent the wide variety of courses on offer, including jewellery, silversmithing, furniture upholstery, and musical-instrument making. Alongside finished products, the exhibition will also reflect the Cass’s dedication to making within its teaching philosophy. A display of hand tools and a wall of experimental ceramic studies will give a taste of the school’s workshop atmosphere.
The exhibition also anticipates the future of the Cass, with its latest generation of graduating designers included in the mix.
When + Where
4th August – 3rd September 2016
The Aram Gallery
110 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5SG, UK
+44 (0207 557 7526)
For more information please visit The Aram Gallery
About – The Aram Gallery
The Aram Gallery is an independently curated space that encourages and promotes understanding of contemporary design.
The gallery was established in 2002 by founding curator Daniel Charny and Director Zeev Aram. Since then it has built up a strong presence and achieves increasing international attention. Until 2015, the gallery was curated by Héloïse Parke.The main objective of the gallery is to provide a space where people can discover new ideas and be inspired. “The doors are open and we welcome everybody who is interested in design to come and have a look.” Zeev Aram, Gallery Director.
The Aram Gallery is one of the leading contemporary design galleries in London, and sits on the third floor of Aram Store in Covent Garden.
I’m delighted to announce i have been invited to create a new piece of work for ‘a shrine to women’s work’ as part of the Accumulations research and development project showing at the Awol studio 1 – 13th August 2016
The information below is from the Accumulations website
Accumulations is a research and development project led by four North West based artists: Dani Abulhawa, Hannah Buckley, Sarah Spies and Amy Voris. Our overall aims are as follows:
In order to explore these aims, we have identified four broad themes that relate directly to each of our respective artistic practices – these are, ‘gendered spaces’, ‘women’s work’, ‘archival practices’ and ‘intergenerational exchange’. We have been working to set up links with several community organisations that connect with these four themes, including the The Whitworth Art Gallery, The Pankhurst Centre, The Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir and The Working Class Movement Library.
Over the course of a year we plan to engage in activities that will allow us to explore the above aims and themes, this will include the following main activities:
This information is from the Accumulations website
a shrine to women’s work
Amy Voris writes;
My part in the Accumulations project revolves around the subject of women’s work.
There are several strands to my research:
1 Contemplating the everyday working / playing lives of my own and others’ great-grandmothers, grandmothers and mother
2 Contextualizing my own creative work / play in light of the work of my artistic / vocational great-grandmothers, grandmothers and mothers
3 Researching into the history of women’s work in general and in Manchester in particular
The subject of women’s work arose out of my lifelong awareness of how my life (and work) contrasts and is in conversation with the lives (and work) of my deceased grandmothers: Violet ‘Sini Wuokku’ [Kahila] Prah, Kathleen Charlotte ‘Kay’ [Clodfelter] Voris, Great Aunty Maxine ‘Max’ [Clodfelter] Callender and adopted grandma Elizabeth ‘May’ [Morley] Poulton.
As well as working as mothers and housekeepers, both of my familial grandmothers worked as secretaries. They administered the working lives of men while also taking care of children and housework. Although I think they enjoyed some aspects of their working lives, they both harbored dreams of having an alternative life as a single, ‘career woman’ and looked on the privileges of my life (with access to education, vocational choice and travel) with encouragement and with a certain amount of envy. They both were excellent typists and wrote letters and then emails to me late into their lives.
I am awe struck by the privileges of my life in comparison with my grandmothers’ lives – most particularly in relation to the work I am able to choose to do. As I move toward middle age, I feel my grandmothers’ presence intensify in my life. I have imaginary conversations with them, sometimes asking for advice, sometimes listening to their tough and awkward questions and sometimes just sharing a moment of appreciation for something beautiful or difficult. In my body I am holding a tension between past and present. I believe that this tension is a major resource for the dances that I make.
As part of this research and development phase of Accumulations, I am going to have conversations with friends and collaborators about their own working lives with particular attention to the working lives of their familial and vocational mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers. These folks will then be invited to make a contribution to a shrine to women’s work. The idea is that this contribution (somehow) takes its inspiration from this lineage of women’s work while also (somehow) being engaged one’s own current work or creative interests. I imagine each person’s contribution will be quite different in terms of its content and mode of presentation. In late July 2016, this shrine will be assembled at a studio space in Hope Mill – itself a site where women laboured in the textile industry in the 19th Century. The shrine will be open to the public between 1 – 13 August.
For more information visit a shrineto womens work
This exhibition is on
1 – 13 August 2016 at Studio 307
AWOL studios creative space and gallery
Hope Mill, 113 Pollard Street, Ancoats, Manchester M4 7JA
Visit AWOL for more information
I’m delighted to announce Not Too Precious will be touring to the National Craft Gallery Castle Yard, Kilkenny, Ireland from 22 January 2016 – 30 March 2016. www.nationalcraftgallery.ie/exhibitions
For more info about Not Too Precious visit HERE
As part of the exhibition i will be speaking the Contemporary Jewellery Seminar and will led a 1 day masterclass – details below.
Fri 11 March | 10.30am – 4.30pm
Not Too Precious brings together work by exceptional jewellery makers, who each select their materials for their expressive potential rather than for their intrinsic value. Since the late 1960s and 70s radical artist jewellers rejected the idea that jewellery should be considered ‘precious’ simply because of the materials of which it was made. Today, the use of a huge variety of materials in jewellery is far more accepted, but economic pressures are putting that freedom of artistic expression at potential risk as people revert to traditionally ‘valuable’ materials for ‘safety’. The exhibition challenges preconceptions about ‘nonprecious’ materials, encouraging us to consider ‘accrued value’: what talented makers bring to their work through their ideas and skill.
This seminar is a forum to explore the practices of some of the artist-makers presenting work in Not Too Precious, identifying the thinking behind their work and opening up discussion around themes raised in the exhibition. The seminar will consider fresh approaches to jewellery; materials used for expressive potential; imaginative approaches to interaction and wearing; innovation, lateral thinking in design process and the role or perspective of the prospective owner / wearer.
International guest speakers include: Felieke van der Leest (Holland / Norway) and Zoe Robertson (UK). Please check back here for further details over the coming weeks.
More info visit HERE
MASTERCLASSES with Felieke van der Leest / Zoe Robertson
Sat 12 March | 10.30am – 4.30pm | €25
National Craft Gallery is delighted to welcome two innovative international jewellery designers, Felieke van der Leest (Holland/Norway) and Zoe Robertson (UK), who will each led a 1 day masterclass arising from their own practices, exploring use of non precious materials in jewellery design, development and making. Both Zoe and Felieke are well recognized and exhibit internationally and will be presenting lectures at the Contemporary Jewellery Seminar at the Parade Tower on March 11th.
For more information visit HERE
I am delighted to announce that RED has been selected for the Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial 2015
The exhibition is part of the events planned for 2015 Beijing Design Week. Themed by “Jewelry – Boundless”, this event is designed to showcase how different cultures exchange, integrate, even collide, so as to promote the development of diversified jewelry creation and provide a platform for various artistic design concepts to interact.
For more information please visit futuredesign.cn/
To find out more about RED
Host: Executive Committee of Beijing Design Week，Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology
Organizer: School of art & design，Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology
Co-organizer: China International Design Industry Union, Beijing Design Society, “Design” magazine
Gao Wei, Hu Jun
Address: The Organization Committee of 2015 Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial,Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, No.2, East Yinghua Road, North End of Heping St., Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029