Every year, the Edinburgh College of Art showcases select creations made by its undergraduate jewelry & silversmithing students.
As I Iooked at the pieces from the 2012 students, I was so impressed with the artist statements that I decided to present excerpts from them. It's clear from reading them that creativity is something that comes from a deep place within us that's hard to define and not always obvious.
Trina Earrings by Ciara Bowles.
"The jewelry I make is designed to make a statement. My aim is to fascinate the viewers of my jewellery, to create objects whose aesthetics and tactility are exciting, compelling them to take a closer look."
Murray Bangles Set by Laura Templeton.
White Basket Pendant by Rebecca Vigers.
"My jewelry is informed by the desire to explore color, texture and form...I take this primarily from my research drawings and photography which focus on....subjects that depict an interesting construction and a timeworn appearance."
Coral Brooch by Mari Ebbitt.
"Rather than finding stones to fit my jewelry, they inspire my designs. I study their textural structures and shapes and create my own gemstones through drawing, model making and casting."
Seed Ring by Mia Hayes.
"I am drawn to the organic and irregular patterns of plants and seeds, the way they repeat to create intricate and delicate structures."
The aim of this show is to have the students create personal pieces of work that push the boundaries of traditional jewelry. Do you think the students achieved the goal?
You can see more at the Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show site.