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LAST CHANCE: Plymouth College of Art Jewellery graduates to watch out for

This is your last chance to see NOW YOU SEE US -Plymouth College of Art’s Graduate Shows 2016. Here are five at Plymouth Five BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing graduates to watch out for…

Plymouth College of Art’s end of year showcase, which runs until Friday 24 June 2016 (so get a shimmy on), sees the college transform from a vibrant workshop and studio complex into a dynamic, public showcase for new work in art, craft, design and digital media.

Free to visit and explore, with curated works from students across our Undergraduate and Pre-Degree programmes, Plymouth College of Art’s Graduate Shows 2016 will inspire you with work created by a community of global thinkers ready to make their mark on the world.

As the college’s graduating BA (Hons) students make the bold leap into professional practice, the Graduate Shows 2016 are chance to proudly present their final major projects – the culmination of their time spent studying, experimenting, growing and making with Plymouth College of Art.

Here are five must-see graduates from our BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing programme:

Fern Robinson – BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing


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1 – BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing – Fern Robinson – PLAY collection 1

Fern is fascinated with the human temptation to touch and play, with tactile urges playing an integral role within her jewellery. Interactive elements and contrasting materials result in vivid, fun, mixed media structures that transform the role of the wearer to active participant.

Childlike interaction mixes with post-modern aesthetic in her latest collection, ‘PLAY’. With vibrant colours, geometric forms and mazes, Fern’s work is all about creating a lasting connection between the wearer and the object. Watch a trailer for the collection here.

http://www.fernrobinson.co.uk/ / https://www.instagram.com/fernrobinson.designermaker/

Sophie Holland – BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing

‘The Soundwave Series’

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2 – BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing – Sophie Holland 1- Sophie uses CAD to design and 3D printing her unique soundwave pieces

Sophie’s “The Soundwave Series” consists of three mini collections based on experimentation with sound, mixing computer aided design (CAD), 3D printing and traditional silversmithing casting techniques to produce a range of rings, bangles and Vessels.

With soundwave rings based on Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” single, an award-winning silver soundwave vessel based on the soundwaves of “Ready or Not” by the Fugees, and a set of pewter cast bangles that make up the introduction to Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds”, Sophie’s work mixes digital fabrication with traditional jewellery processes to stunning effect.

www.designerreine.co.uk / designer.reine@gmail.com

Stacey West – BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing

‘Interlocking Strata’

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3 – BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing – Stacey West 1

Stacey’s new collection encourages the wearer to interact with movable, interlocking textured elements that resemble the natural stratified lines and colours found in the geology of the north Cornwall coastline. Her work celebrates the contrast between texture and line, organic and geometric, and translucency and opaqueness.

Working in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Stacey’s work is informed by the natural environment and raw materials available. She explores the qualities of these materials and combines them with traditional jewellery silversmithing techniques, to create an eclectic fusion of experimental, artistic and classical jewellery design.

http://www.staceywestjewellery.co.uk/ / staceywest@live.co.uk

Luke Axworthy – BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing

‘Squish Cast Vessels’

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4 – BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing – Luke Axworthy

Luke was winner of the Goldsmiths’ Student Bullion Grant 2016 for his “squish cast” vessels, a collection of unique objects that blend his love of nature, narrative and humour. Luke combines traditional metal-working techniques with cutting edge technologies, often fusing recycled materials and precious metals together in exciting new ways.

His “squish cast” sterling silver and pewter vessels (with hand blown glass inners) attempt to highlight the beauty of the imperfect by subverting modern casting techniques.

axworthy.luke@gmail.com / http://www.lukeaxworthy.com/

Frances Phillips – BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing

‘Tactile Transition’

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5 – BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing – Frances Phillips 1 – Silver Locket with White Paper

Frances’ collection of delicate jewellery, formed from recycled paper, was created in response to the need for greater sustainability of materials used within the jewellery industry. Based on her research into moulding paper pulp into fragile and soft shapes, Frances developed a technique to recycle discarded items into eggshell-like paper cups that become treasured wearable jewellery.

Infusing these fragile designs with hand-crafted silver and flock, Frances creates brooches, earrings, rings and pendants that have not only a visual, but also a tactile connection with the wearer.

francesphillips@outlook.com / www.francesphillipsjewellery.co.uk


See all of the work from over 500 talented Plymouth College of Art students across all levels at the college’s Graduate Shows 2016, 11-24 June, free and open to all. See the event page for opening times.

But it’s not all about third year work from the Undergraduate degree programmes. You can also see a preview of first and second year work from students in BA (Hons) Fashion Media and Marketing.

And you can see work from the range of Pre-Degree students, spanning Extended Diploma courses and the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.

The public can get involved too, with many pieces of art available to purchase, film screenings and live presentations running throughout the duration of the show.

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