Jewellery as portable art
All works are unique, often made specially for the gallery, following our environmental themes. Prices range from as little as £30- £60 for a small ring, brooch or ear-rings to £150-£250 or so for a more ambitious jewel, perhaps from precious material, or up to £650 or more for a statement piece.
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Judy McCaig is new to GroundWork. She exhibits internationally and has work in many public and private collections, including the British Museum, Crafts Council Collection, London and the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh.
Amanda Denison’s studio is in a leafy area of Chiswick in West London, where it is so peaceful you might easily think you were in the country.
In the 1990s Kirsten started working with scrap, at first exclusively metal, then wood, plastic, rubber, bone, horn, electronic gadgets, whatever she could find. All her works are handmade and therefore one-offs.
Linda McFarlane has exhibited with GroundWork since we opened in July 2016. She is based in Norwich, Norfolk and always tries to adapt her range to the environmental themes we are pursuing.
Born and based in Reykjavík, Iceland, Helga Mogensen studied at technical college in Iceland, then went on to graduate in 2007 with a first class honours in jewellery and silversmithing from Edinburgh College of Art.
Madeleine moved from her family home in Wales to study a Fine Art degree at Norwich School of Art. Her love of Welsh culture and the dynamic landscape of West Wales she grew up in, is deep rooted, yet the openness and clear light of Norfolk was a strong draw.
Madeleine’s early jewellery saw her using found objects, making complementary juxtapositions between unlikely components. She taught herself silversmithing and after fifteen years, works predominantly in sterling silver and solid gold. She aims to keep her business as honest and sustainable as she can. This ethical ethos extends to her recycling and valuing the materials not solely for their monetary value. It has led her to use reclaimed precious metals, celebrating the textures and details that come from her unique process of salvaging, melting-down and reforming old unwanted metal into something exciting and contemporary.
Kate Marshall lives and works in Devon. She studied fine art and art history at Goldsmiths University of the Arts, London, followed by an MA in Fine Art as Contemporary Practice at Falmouth.
9 March - 1 June 2019
Alongside the major exhibition themes, the gallery has specialised in jewellery as small portable works of art which are often made from natural and recycled materials as well as precious and semi-precious stones and metals. Each season and each exhibition brings new themes and new works by new people. Many of the works are made specially and are unique, or in very limited supply.
This season we have some stunning new exhibitors: Judy McCaig from Spain and Amanda Denison from London, as well as Helga Mogensen (Iceland) and other regulars: Kirsten Sonne (Copenhagen, Denmark); Linda McFarlane (Norfolk); Madeleine Spencer (Norfolk); Kate Marshall (Devon).
Judy McCaig is a Scottish jeweller, printmaker and painter, who since 1991 has lived and worked in Barcelona.
Born in Edinburgh, she studied art and jewellery at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art, Dundee from 1975-79. In 1980 she was granted a post- graduate degree in Dundee specialising in jewellery and photography, followed by a Scottish Education Department Major Travel Scholarship to study Native American Indian history/culture in the USA. From 1980-83 she studied for a Master of Arts at The Royal College of Art, London after which she travelled extensively in Egypt and Europe. On her return to London in 1984, she studied printmaking for three years and set up a workshop at 4011⁄2 Studios. In 1989 she visited Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. From 2000 until the present day she has been teaching at the Massana School of Art in Barcelona and since 2009 at Taller Perill, Barcelona. also acting as visiting lecturer in the USA, Germany, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Canada, Chile and Argentina.
Amanda’s route to her practice as a jeweller was not a conventional one. She studied originally for a Fine Art after which she spent a decade working with graphic designers on marketing and project management of creative projects. A period travelling in Thailand led her to train in Shiatsu and then develop a business as a Shiatsu Practitioner working privately, in clubs, hospitals and with charities (supporting people affected by HIV and Aids). In addition she was part of the management team running the Shiatsu College London and worked as an assistant teacher. When injury and a young child required her to work locally, she ended up working in NHS healthcare as a Practice manager at several local surgeries.
She missed creative endeavours however, and started studying Jewellery Making, initially at evening class, then eventually for a BTEC level 3 course. Her college exhibited at New Designers (Business Design Centre Islington) where she was picked up by a couple of galleries, and then onto the Craft Council’s prestigious Hothouse Programme in 2016, and promoted as ‘one to watch’. She was also accepted to exhibit at ‘One Year On’ at New Designers 2016 and was a finalist in ‘Rising Stars’ 2017. She now exhibits and is collected internationally.
Kirsten Sonne is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She recycles everything to make her highly individual and artistic jewels. The variety and individuality of her work is guaranteed - no one piece is exactly the same as any other. She has her own shop in Copenhagen and also sells in art galleries and contemporary jewellery shops in Denmark in London. She aims to create humorous and elegant decorations for the body, for fabulous and courageous people of all ages, there are no limits.’
Linda McFarlane’s work as a jeweller has come as a logical extension of her original training and lifelong interest in fashion, design and textile arts. She likes to explore the possibilities presented by the use of simple materials and forms, making the most of their varied characteristics, textures, colours, and reflective qualities.
Linda McFarlane places particular emphasis on combinations of opposites in her work and plays with generic contrasts such as light and dark, rough and smooth, shiny and dull. She has made a special range of environmental jewellery for GroundWork gallery using natural materials such as stone, shell, lava and leather and experimenting with some new combinations of materials and designs. Linda’s background is in textile design and teaching and she lives and works in Norwich.
Now living back in Reykjavik, Helga has been working with a variety of materials such as silver, steel, copper, brass, driftwood and fish skin. Her main focus in her art work is using her personal experience in life. translating that into objects to wear, or even as wall pieces.
The different scales of work, varying from earrings to large scale neckpieces bring different challenges. Currently, she is using driftwood in combination with thread and sterling silver. Mogensen considers the thread, which creates a link between the driftwood pieces, to represent a human connection.
Every summer she takes a vacation with her family at a beach in the north of Iceland, where she finds inspiration in the closeness to nature, the remote location, and the lack of electricity. Her work portrays the personal aspects of her life, mirroring actions, behaviour, people, places, nature, and feelings. Mogensen also focuses on personal identity, the idea that each maker is an individual with his or her own reality to display. No two can be the same.
Now living in Burnham Norton on the North Norfolk coast, raising her children and working from her beloved workshop, she is constantly inspired by the view of the sea and marsh from her window. A consistent thread running through her daily practice is her love of drawing: she’s currently obsessed by the hand-drawn symbols on old maps.
Madeleine’s work for Groundwork Gallery reflects her ongoing fascination with creating everyday pieces of wearable art that have had a previous life, and combining this with a translation of her varied drawings and mark-making onto the surface of the metal itself.
Although Kate Marshall is not immune to the joys of highly cut precious stones, she loves to work with less glitzy pebbles. She finds the subtlety of found stones beautiful, and all the more so, because she knows they haven’t been acquired through exploitative working conditions, or extraction methods which damage the environment.