Artist in Residence 2009 to 2011

Following the completion of an MA I began a residency in the Metalwork & Jewellery department at UCA Farnham. My role involved:

  • Producing my own work within the jewellery studios
  • Working with and tutoring undergrad students, as directed by their tutors/lecturers
  • Being available at all times when in studios for support and advice for students
  • Providing students with the opportunity to observe and gain insight into how practitioners work
  • Participation in UCA Open Days by meeting, giving tours and presentations to prospective students

During the residency I instigated and organised, along with the other Farnham based artists in residence (AIR), the first AIR exhibition in the James Hockey Gallery and the Crafts Study Centre (craft-based AIRs only). This set precedence were subsequent craft-based AIRs conclude their residency with an annual exhibition at the Crafts Study Centre. Many thanks to Professor Simon Olding, Director of the Crafts Study Centre in Farnham, for providing us with this great opportunity.

This overall experience was an excellent opportunity to continue the development of my ideas and professional practise in a very well equipped and facilitated department, while also building upon my previous teaching experience within a higher educational level. Throughout this period I taught on Further Education courses, the generic Masters programme and continued to be a learning mentor for students with disabilities at UCA Farnham.

Work Developed during this period

Initially my work focussed on the graphical elements found on discarded packaging and I began extracting these for development in three dimensions through a series of paper maquettes. Although playful I decided to set these explorations aside for development at a later stage.

I then returned to using discarded packaging to explore how I could make a successful brooch. Using tin lids and stainless steel for the pin I explored the possibilities of single and double pins with a variety of different catch mechanisms all cut economically from the tin lid. My aim was to create a pin that had good tension when closed, was easy to open and hung well when attached to clothing. I had never made a brooch before so really enjoyed the challenge of resolving the problems I set myself by not allowing any additional materials to be incorporated, other than the tin lid for the main body of the brooch and stainless steel for the pin; not adding colour, instead the discarded objects pre-existing coloured coatings were retained for their aesthetic qualities.

During these explorations I channelled my grief for the loss of my father and uncle into these brooches developments and produced a new series called Best-before.  Some examples of this series follow:

Re-flect brooch from Best-before series; discarded packaging and stainless steel

Re-flect brooch from Best-before series; discarded packaging and stainless steel

Re-flect brooch has been cold-joint constructed in mild-steel and aluminium sourced from recycled packaging with a stainless-steel double pin fastening and is 75mm diameter, 14mm deep.

Lost But Found brooch has been cold-joint constructed in mild-steel and plastic sourced from recycled packaging with a stainless-steel double pin fastening and is 76mm diameter, 11mm deep. Form pressing, punching and drilling have been used for their decorative qualities.

Lost but found brooch from the Best-before series; discarded packaging and stainless steel

Lost but found brooch from the Best-before series; discarded packaging and stainless steel

I also developed a pin-less reversible brooch series called Push-on which are cold-joined and entirely constructed using mild-steel and plastic sourced from recycled packaging. A separate recycled plastic component is used to fasten this brooch to clothing by pushing fabric through the central decorative hole; 75mm diameter, 3mm deep; component is 25mm diameter, 11mm deep:

Push-on pinless brooch; discarded packaing

Push-on pinless brooch; discarded packaing

 

 



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