Author: Gemma

INCITARE. To stand on, to stand for, to stand out

Four day workshop given to Master’s students from the HDK University, Göteborg, Sweden.   For a a few days we will unfold the question about how much we care about being faithful to our own work and the idea we have of it. How this loyalty is shaping our activity, our production and the beliefs we have on what pertains us and what is out of our reach. “We artists of to-day (…) we have to spend the best part of our lives in trying to get hold of some “style” which shall be natural to us, and too often fail in doing so; or perhaps oftener still, having acquired our “style” that is, our method of expression, become so enamoured of the means, that we forget the end, and find that we have nothing to express except our self-satisfaction in the possession of our very imperfect instrument; so that you will find clever and gifted men at the present day who are prepared to sustain as a theory, that art has no function but …

Festival of Thrift

A Cock, scratching the ground for something to eat, turned up a Jewel that had by chance beendropped there. “Ho!” said he, “a fine thing you are, no doubt, and, had your owner found you, great would his joy have been. But for me, give me a single grain of corn before all the jewels in the world.”  Precious things are without value to those who cannot prize them. The Cock and the Jewel. Aesop’s Fables, translated by V.S. Vernon Jones (1912) Put your valuables on display!  Talk at the Festival of Thrift, September 2014. Lingfield Point, Darlington The approach to the stated value of objects that surround us is developed through a fine and complex learning process. It is, in fact, one of our most exquisite cultural exercises, a refined training on what we share as a community and how we display and activate our group identity.  There are endless events where this bestows of significance take place for us as a society, some quite elaborate and some quite simple.

KEEP! A project room

  KEEP! A project room tries to question my own practice by placing  research materials in an open public space. My practice through jewellery deals with my interest in materials, craftsmanship, social meanings, and the value that we culturally attach to some objects. By creating an open working space I attempt to share with Teesside University students and staff a stage of the art/design process that is often kept more or less hidden in the studios. In October 2013,  Janet Hinchliffe McCutcheon and I were appointed as Jewellers in Residence in the School of Arts and Media, with the support of the Renaissance Strategic Support Fund, granted by the Arts Council, to open a new permanent space at mima for its Contemporary Jewellery Collection and to enhance understanding of contemporary jewellery. We have an active practice in the field and although we approach jewellery as an art expression from different perspectives, our common goal is to develop, communicate and promote jewellery as a powerful, meaningful and distinctive art activity. In June 2014 we were awarded a …