Artist/ joanne garner

Dundee, United Kingdom

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joanne-garner

joanne garner

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Since graduating in July 2007 with a Bdes (Hons), I have spent the year establishing my name as a jeweller in the contemporary, gallery based market. I was also lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to become an Artist in Residence in the jewellery and metalwork department at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee and have thoroughly enjoyed helping to teach and advise the students there. I hope to continue to do this in the following year as it provides me with invaluable teaching experience. Recently I have set up my own workshop space in WASPS studios in Dundee sharing with textile artist Louise Kirby and I am very excited about this. I am member of the Association of Contemporary Jewellery and affiliated with the Society of Designer Craftsmen. The work is inspired by nature in the form of fluid rhythm and motion. Silver wire, and silk thread are the main materials used, with the occasional use of gold (normally 22 or 18ct). The silver is often oxidised as the contrast between the blackened silver and the warm colour of gold is very striking. The aim is to create extremely tactile jewellery which is full of movement and energy. Varying shades of red are the preferred colour scheme as this gives the most vibrant effect and silk thread is used because I enjoy the combination of the soft material with the hard metal. Traditional metalwork techniques are used along with some textile techniques such as braiding and knotting. The main focus of work is bracelets and necklaces as I feel that this allows for more freedom due to the nature of working on a slightly larger scale.

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