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Silversmith - Abigail Brown.


Abigail specialises in a hand raising and sinking technique to create distinctive silver vessels, bowls and jewellery. Her work is featured in exhibitions in the UK including at the Victoria & Albert Museum and also overseas.

 

In December 2014 she was given the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. Abigail also teaches silversmithing, jewellery and metalwork techniques.

Abigail studied Silversmithing and Jewellery at Loughborough University School of Art & Design graduating in 2001. Following her degree she spent a year at Bishopsland Workshops in Oxfordshire, and in 2004 she undertook a residency at Edinburgh College of Art. She is now based in Cornwall and teaches jewellery, silversmithing and metalwork techniques for Contemporary Crafts at University College Falmouth; and teaches short courses at West Dean College, West Sussex.

Abigail specializes in a hand raising and sinking technique to create distinctive contemporary silver vessels, bowls and jewellery which are gracefully sculptural in appearance. She aims to represent the warmth and softness of the human form in a material that is by nature hard and cold; to create a piece of silverware that is tactile and sensual, and invites interaction. The jewellery is an investigation into the use of silversmithing techniques to create large pieces for the body, or silversmithing that can be worn.

Abigail produces primarily one off pieces for exhibition and collections. Her work has been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum and is included in the collection of the National Museum Wales. Recently, she was the only British Finalist in the 'BKV Prize 2010 for Young Applied Art' in Munich; and her silverware has been selected for two prestigious German exhibitions: 'Silver Triennial 2010' and 'Talente'.

In 2010-2011 Abigail spent 3 months in Kathmandu, Nepal teaching deaf Nepali adults jewellery making techniques. In August 2011 she undertook the Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve Artist in Residence Programme. This involved 8 days on patrol with the park ranger in a park the size of Switzerland, North of the Arctic Circle. Abigail will now develop her research material into a design(s) and will produce a new artwork in response to her experience which will be included in the Park's Collection.


Artist Statement
'My particular interest is in the lines, folds and forms of the human body and how these are continually changing. I am fascinated by the sensuous qualities that our bodies possess, and often portray areas of the body that are not normally associated with these attributes.

I try to represent the warmth and softness of flesh in a material that is by nature hard and cold, aiming to create a piece of silverware that is tactile and sensual, and invites interaction.

I am interested in the similarities of form and shape that appear within nature; and in the marriage of organic and structured form, and I seek to create a union between the two in my work, such as in my Square Fruit Bowls and Folded Squares Neckpiece.

I create bowls and vessels by raising and sinking flat sheets or discs of silver, using a variety of metal and wooden hammers and stakes. The spontaneous nature of the work means that each piece is unique and sculptural.

The jewellery has evolved directly from my silversmithing work. I use the same raising and sinking techniques to produce small pieces of silversmithing for the body.

The range has developed from cutting larger pieces of silversmithing into units to create necklaces, bracelets, brooches and earrings. I like the concept of creating jewellery inspired by the body that is then related back to the body when it is worn.

I have recently become interested in developing my jewellery range further by exploring a Korean technique called Keum Boo. This involves using squares of gold foil and fusing it to the surface of the silver jewellery. I have also begun to use precious and semi-precious stones set in 18ct gold.'


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