Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery
0.5 x 100 x 15 cm
My work explores aspects of positivity and wellbeing when confronted with illness, specifically pain and its physical and emotional impact, and whether jewellery and related objects can have a positive effect and aid towards wellbeing.
This is a very personal and self-analysing project, which has grown from my being diagnosed with a chronic pain condition in my back and pelvis for the last year. Through analysing the impact pain has on the body and mind, I have been exploring the effect on emotions, pain relief, reward systems and posture.
I am also developing this project to work with women from Endometriosis UK to see whether modern-day amulets can be made for women without prior beliefs, to aid wellbeing.
I have been taking prescription drugs over the last year. Although necessary to enable me to function day to day, the pills have also had the negative effect of reminding me of the underlying cause of why I am taking them. After taking the first few pills I decided that for each pill taken there should be a positive outcome I am casting every negative left in the pill blister packs, creating 856 pieces to make into a personal amulet.
BDes, Creative Business Development, Manchester School of Art, 2010; BA (Hons), Three-Dimensional Design (First class), Manchester School of Art, 2009; Foundation Art and Design, Wimbledon School of Art, 2006
Teaching workshop leader, Glasgow School of Art, 2012; Gallery assistant, Electrum Gallery, London, 2011–12; Artist assistant, Revival – ReachOutRCA, London, 2011; Designer, Ananas Anam, London, 2010–11
Effe Kijke: Let’s Have a Look IV: Give and Take, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Netherlands, 2011; The Lion and the Unicorn – Ananas Anam, Royal College of Art, 2011; Effe Kijke: Let’s Have a Look III: Welcome to the Body, Galerie Marzee at the RCA, London, 2010; LACI (Lancashire Art & Craft Initiative), Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool; PAD, Preston; Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, Lancashire, 2010