I am fortunate in having been spared any real violence in my life: mugged once in the streets of Glasgow, but other than that, nothing. Therefore, I came to the idea of interviewing people who have experienced violent events first-hand, perhaps even instigating those events themselves, allowing them to tell their stories and giving me something to work around. Once the interviews started, I realized that my response, the jewelry piece, was not enough… it needed to be given context, to be presented with the narrative upon which it was based. In collaboration with photographer, Simon Murphy, I decided to use a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach; presenting text, photographs and objects as a response. The dynamics and tensions created with these three approaches gives a rounded picture of how deeply violence can affect lives.
Born: Bothwell, Scotland, 1964
Lives: Glasgow, Scotland
B.Sc., Horticulture, London University, London, England
PGCSE (TQFE), The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
Ferrous, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA
I Am Iron Man, solo exhibition, Ayse Takesi Gallerisi, Istanbul, Turkey
Stain-less, Sheffield Institute of the Arts, Sheffield, England
Contemporary Gothic Jewelry: Sinister Pleasures, Sculptural Objects, Functional Art Exposition (SOFA), Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Gothic Jewelry: Sinister Pleasures, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN (traveling exhibition)
Solo Exhibition, Llantanam Grange, Cwmbran, Wales
Beneath The Skin, Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield, England
Group Exhibition, The Landfill Art Project, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Treasure, London Jewelry Week, Goldsmith’s Company Pavilion-Victoria House, Southampton Row, London, England
Re:Collect, Llantarnam Grange, Cwmbran, Wales
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Skowood, Heather. Jewelry from Found Objects. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2010.
Van Damme, Jaak. Jewelbook: International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art. Oostkamp, Belgium: Stichting Kunstboak, 2012.
Young, Anastasia. The Guide to Gemstone Settings. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012.