Brooches, Laser cut, Wooden, Wooden Jewellery

Visit to Contemporary & Applied Arts, London

I went to London this week to meet up with friend, artist and maker Rosanna Martin.

We had met up as previous recipients of Crafts Council awards to attend Craft Rally event network for makers later that day and decided to visit the new premises of Contemporary and Applied Arts.

The new gallery is situated in 83 Southwark Street with a current exhibition running entitled: Model: Making on until 9th November.

I noticed an architects studio next door and it was great to see architectural models being constructed and in progress through the windows as I walked past on my way to the gallery.

Works on show explore the use of new technologies influencing and changing the aesthetic demands of various creative disciplines. There is also a collaboration with architects Allies and Morrison (from the studio next door!) presented showcasing  ‘digital’ sketches, early prototypes and finished work, offering the viewer a unique insight into the early stages of the development of an idea. Seeing these models and intricacies within each model and construction was fascinating.

In particular I admired the articulated, structured, complex and wearable jewellery pieces by Naomi McIntosh.

And the layered/ contoured visual landscape large-scale pieces of work by Kane Cali.

Both artists use a combination of CAD tools and hand rendered/made techniques to create their intriguing works.

In addition to this special exhibition CAA members work  is presented alongside and available to buy including jewellery, ceramics, glass and textiles. I inquired about the possibility of having my work represented there (as a previous member of Electrum gallery which has sadly closed but has been bought by Contemporary and Applied Arts) In conclusion I must apply for the next round! It would be great to have my work featured in this new space, it’s light, spacious and well situated in the city of London. Watch this space..!

It’s wonderful to use a marriage of technology with the handmade. Some of my own work combines laser cutting technology with meticulous hand working process to create ‘one off’ wearable brooches and jewellery pieces. It’s a partnership of techniques allowing freedom, potential and structural dimensions. These brooches are examples, they are made from wood, paper, copper, brass, nickel, silver and stainless steel.

What do you think?

Brooches, Laser cut, Wooden, Wooden Jewellery

‘Fragments Above’ Series – Brooches © Kathryn Partington 2012

Has anyone else visited the new Contemporary and Applied Arts Gallery? If so what do you think?

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