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New Talent: ECA Jewellery and Silversmithing

Image: silver ring by Isabel Distassi. Image credit: Shannon Tofts

It's that time of year again! Degree Show season is fast approaching and students across the country are preparing night and day to showcase their graduate collections. Scotland has an international reputation for high-class teaching in craft, art and design subjects, and visiting degree shows is one of the best ways to show your support for the next generation of talented makers.

In the next few months, we will be sharing our top picks from talented Scottish graduates working in craft disciplines. First up is the Edinburgh College of Art's (ECA) jewellery and silversmithing department that has a reputation for fresh, exuberant and original work. 

For nine days in summer, Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) is transformed into a bustling showcase of vibrant work from their graduates. The Jewellery and Silversmithing department at Edinburgh College of Art balances practical skills with innovation. Their students embrace new technologies alongside traditional time-honoured processes and techniques in materials such as precious metal, gemstones, plastics, wood, paper, stones and textiles. They create unique artefacts sensitive to the complex relationships humans form with objects. 

Image: mixed media necklace by Isabel Distassi. Image credit: Shannon Tofts.

Isabella Distassi

Isabella's collection is influenced by the mystical world of the oceansBy making bundles and clusters of objects, she manipulates materials to resemble another - for instance making silver malleable like paper - in order to challenge the viewers’ preconceptions. The tactile fragile nature of these materials creates a balance between movement and a sense of growth. Over time the pieces will age and distort making them even more personal to the wearer and echoing the ever-changing quality of the sea.  

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Image: mixed media necklace by Roberta Lee. Image credit: Anna Cervinkova.

Roberta Lee

Roberta explores lines by tracing the contours of organic forms and the fluid shapes of body movement. She strives to capture the expressive quality of the human figure as it dances in her linear drawings, which she then translates into metal. Roberta enjoys exploring materials intuitively so that the creative process is spontaneous. The rich hues of her collection Catching Lines are drawn from the colourscape of Morocco and applied to the metal forms with hand-dyed thread. The result? Vivid, sculptural jewellery that tangibly captures the essence of motion.

Rowena Hayter - ECA Silvermsithing Graduate 2017

Image: candle holders by Rowena Hayter. Image credit: Shannon Tofts.

Utilitarian designs of cranes and construction sites; that's the inspiration for Rowena's collection. "The raw elegance of the equipment represents limitless potential in what it can build, but are often overlooked themselves, designed with only one thought in mind: functionality". Her process starts with printmaking, where she creates fluid new shapes before realising them in metal. Aiming always to keep the bluntness of the building site within the work, Rowena uses fold-forming and etching to pick out different aspects and create the basics of her pieces, changing and developing as she goes. Creating a collection that not only sings in harmony but each piece can also stand alone - as she says just as "proud as a crane against a city skyline". 

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Image: enamel brooches by Diana Novikovaite. Image credit: Shannon Tofts.

Diana Novikovaite

Coaxing people into using their imagination, Diana transforms her loose observational drawings into playful enamel jewellery. She is intrigued by the audience's personal perspective and how they often relate their own story to the individual abstract shapes. Diana aims to find the perfect balance between two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms.

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Visit Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show 2017

Free / Drop-in, 11am to 5pm

Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 June 2017

74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3

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For nine days in summer, Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) is transformed into a public showcase of the work of our graduating students, the majority of whom are completing undergraduate degrees.

In the Jewellery and Silversmithing department at Edinburgh College of Art we balance practice and innovation to create artefacts sensitive the complex relationships humans form with objects. Our reputation is for fresh, exuberant, original work. We embrace new technologies alongside traditional time-honoured processes and techniques in materials such as precious metal, gemstones, plastics, wood, paper, stones and textiles.

We invite you to come and join us during our nine days of free public viewing, including two late night openings.

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