- 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.
'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.'