Gillian has always looked at her surroundings and taken inspiration from what is around her, feeling privileged and humbled by what she finds.
She is fascinated by texture and shape, enjoying materials which are unusual and tactile and appear as if they have they have their own story to tell. The Ayrshire coastline, where she lives and works, features heavily in her designs. As well as the beautiful scenery, rich in inspiration, the area is steeped in history and heritage. Coming from, and returning to live by the seaside has allowed her work to reflect this both through design and materials used, giving her jewellery an organic and natural feel.
There are two main types of work produced. The first is within the world of fold-forming, or forging, where each piece is individually made by hand and hammer, resulting in unique organic shapes.
The other area is comprised of cast shell pieces as components, where the original moulds have been made from shells collected on the local beach, with the lost wax method then used to produce the metal masters for casting.
Scottish designer Kirsty Dalton creates her Relics jewellery line by upcycling various fragments of superfluous metals while focusing heavily on colour, texture and decay. Relics takes discarded or scrap jewellery and revitalises it into fresh new designs. In essence, it is a contemporary take on the idea that “one person’s trash is another’s treasure”.
Each piece is one of a kind; individually handcrafted, composed, arranged, painted and set in resin. These works aim to capture the aura of industrial and derelict areas within the urban cityscape, while simultaneously illustrating the beauty such spaces have to offer.
“I wanted to capture an essence of the people around me, by utilising materials that they have used and discarded. By transforming this range of materials, I hope to address the topic of waste, whilst giving the objects and materials the opportunity to be seen with a sense of reflection and perhaps, even admiration.”
Conceptually, this stemmed from Kirsty’s interest in found objects and how they can effect as well as define certain aspects of our lives. “I believe the process of decay and waste encapsulates a great deal about society and our transformative role within it.”
Six Foot Gallery’s Jewellery Showcase 2017 Programme presents the work of emerging jewellery makers over the course of 2017.
Amanda Louise Bernard
at Six Foot Gallery
1st August 2017 – 31st August 2017
Fuelled by my fascination with the Human Body and its health and well-being, my process began by investigating microscopic images of human cells. Focusing my research on their organic forms, vibrant colours and interesting textures, my aim was to dissect and transform these organisms out-with the human body, transferring them onto the wearer in a new light.
Through the combination of silver and alternative materials, I have produced a collection of incredibly colourful and tactile pieces of contemporary jewellery that evoke a sense of fun and play with its audience. The exploration of materials and texture throughout my designs creates a sensory need to interact with the pieces. Therefore, developing a deeper connection between them and the wearer, transforming the relationship we have with jewellery altogether.
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at Six Foot Gallery
10th May 2017 – 10th June 2017
For Eleanor, mirrors represent the presented self. They are a literal reflection of how we wish to be seen, hiding beneath the surface is our true selves. By using whole, broken, and repaired mirrors, this collection of jewellery explores the different stages of mental health and illness and the pressure to present a perfect image of yourself, when inside you are broken.
‘Healing Process’ Necklace’, £315
‘Well/unwell’ Pendant; £260
Using the Kintsugi technique of repairing with gold, she has created pieces of jewellery which show the beauty in the broken. The golden cracks show that the damage is part of one’s history, rather than something to be disguised. Eleanor wants people who struggle with depression, anxiety, every mental health problem there is, to know that it is not something to be ashamed of, that we should feel proud for having fought such a hard and misunderstood battle. Most of all Eleanor wants to show the beauty of having been broken.
This collection represents Eleanor’s personal experience with mental health and she hopes it opens discussions surrounding other people’s experiences.
Kintsugi: knowing that something is more beautiful for having been broken
The models featured are volunteers who are dealing with mental illness.
at Six Foot Gallery
10th May 2017 – 10th June 2017
Kirsten Manzi is a jewellery designer and maker based in Dundee, Scotland. She set up Kirsten Manzi Jewellery Design in November 2015 launching her debut collection of structural, handmade silver jewellery.
After graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone with a degree in Jewellery and Metal Design, Kirsten worked in a jewellery repair workshop for 3 years gaining knowledge in design development, manufacturing and repairs. She has exhibited across the UK at exhibitions including the prestigious New Designers, The Barbican and Lesley Craze Gallery in London. Kirsten also participates in a number of Pop-Up events across Scotland.
Now working from her home studio, Kirsten creates serene, minimalist jewellery inspired by bold geometric shapes and architectural structures. Crafted in solid silver, Kirsten designs each piece using clean, streamlined, aesthetics with many pieces unfolding themselves in the workshop rather than in sketchbooks. With the belief that there is beauty in simplicity she transforms the aesthetics of the built up urban environment into delicate, structural jewellery pieces.
Each piece of Kirsten Manzi Jewellery is designed, made and finished by hand in Kirsten’s home studio, using a mixture of traditional and modern techniques. Focusing on quality craftsmanship and subtle details, Kirsten aims to provide each customer with simple, understated jewellery pieces to be worn and enjoyed every day.
As well as her own designs, Kirsten works with clients to create limited edition and one-off commissions.
Ntina Doryforou started establishing in 1991, with her husband Christos Vroullis, in Greece, their own workshop and creating their first handmade items of mouth-blown glass.
After 13 years of experience with glass, working with it freely without moulds, they began making handmade glass beads. Their success in this area encouraged them to create new items and experiment with new materials such as copper, brass and sterling silver.
In 2005, they opened their own shop in the centre of Thessaloniki, Greece. Recently, in 2015, they moved to Edinburgh, where they continue their inspiring creations.
Now, they design and create handmade lights, mirrors, clocks, bowls, hangers, artistic jewellery and anything else that inspires them! They draw inspiration from nature and from ancient history.
They have participated in many trade fairs in Greece, Germany and UK.
All their items are distinguished by their original, natural style which allows the handmade character of the object, and the original earth materials used, to be brought out.
Iona Hall at Six Foot Gallery
20th February 2017 – 20th March 2017
This February, Six Foot is proud to showcase the works of Glasgow School of Art Students Iona Hall.
Iona Hall is a third year student in Jewellery and Silversmithing at Glasgow School of Art. Inspired by the natural forms, colours and textures she encounters in the environment around her, Iona works predominantly with metals – particularly wire – bending and twisting it into different forms. By making miniature sculptures as well as pieces for the body, she aims to challenge the traditional role of a jeweller. Iona’s work endeavours to investigate ways of expressing the hidden self, prompting the viewer to consider different life perspectives and allow for imperfections.
By exploring the many strands and intricacies of mental health, Iona challenges the viewer’s prejudices and levels of judgement. Each of the twenty objects on display in the Six Foot Gallery represents a visual interpretation of a different mental health issue. Iona has used – amongst other materials – silver, copper, wire and wood to translate her own understanding of these issues into small holdable objects. Her intention is that, upon holding the work in their hand, someone might be able to appreciate the contrast between the small and unthreatening physical object and the magnitude of the emotion it represents for a sufferer.
Paulina Knapik and Sandra Zinkuté at Six Foot Gallery
10th January 2017 – 24th January 2017
This January, Six Foot is proud to showcase the works of Glasgow School of Art Students Paulina Knapik and Sandra Zinkuté.
Paulina Knapik is a 3rd year, Silversmithing and Jewellery Design student at The Glasgow School of Art. Paulina’s artistic practice seeks to balance between fine art and commercial jewellery. Her main inspirational sources are: nature, urban geometry, contrasts in the surrounding world, music, paintings. The variety of works on show cover this range of inspirations, and highlight her skills as a maker.
Sandra Zinkuté is a 3rd year, Silversmithing and Jewellery Design student at The Glasgow School of Art. Sandra’s work is influenced by nature and her changing surroundings. Her newest collection was inspired by the architecture of Glasgow and her observations of nature and plants in the Botanic gardens. Rough surfaces mirror that of the organic life in the city while the outline of the pieces offer a more formal structure and contour. Her objects are interactive, only finished when held in the hand or between the fingers.