jewellery of Alison MacLeod is on display at Concrete Wardrobe this summer, as
the July 2012 Maker of the Month exhibition.
combines silver and gold with semi-precious
stones and found objects to create thought provoking but very wearable pieces.
She is inspired by old
objects and heirloom jewellery, and their contained memories of previous owners
and imagined narratives.
junk shops are a great source of inspiration to me,” Macleod explains. “I find
the jumble exhilarating but am equally fascinated by the individual
objects themselves. I love to imagine the stories connected to each
discarded artefact.” The use of traditional shapes in her work, such as the
cameo, alludes to jewellery’s intrinsic connection to memories and the past.
MacLeod uses a wide range of materials, techniques and imagery
to reflect the eclectic nature of her subject matter in an original way. By
finely soldering silver beaded wire into clusters she references the intense
decoration found in Victorian jewellery, but keeps the styling firmly in a
contemporary context. Her silver clusters are saturated with tiny curios of
different textures and colours like a junk shop window display. To create this
variety she combines techniques such as individual wax casting, sheet silver
piercing, reticulation, stone setting and bead stringing.
MacLeod graduated from
Edinburgh College of Art in 2003 with a 1st class honours degree in Jewellery
and Silversmithing. Now based in Glasgow, her work is available both in the UK
Of her exhibition at
Concrete Wardrobe, co-owner James Donald commented, “MacLeod’s work is
delicate, beautiful and wearable. She utilises a broad range of techniques to
achieve her aesthetic, and is much acclaimed in Scotland and
internationally. We are very pleased to
be bringing her artistry alive in Concrete Wardrobe this July.”
MacLeod’s work will be on display at Concrete Wardrobe from 1st
to 31st July 2012.
Concrete Wardrobe is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm. Sunday 12
Another new arrival into Concrete Wardrobe are these fantastic A4 - sized high quality giclee prints called "Alphagrams"featuring hand drawn decorated letters by Aberdeen trained Victoria Fifield, who goes under the trading name of Hipster Spinster.
The prints featured on the blog are water marked but the full compliment of 26 letters arent and they would look fantastic on your wall in a domestic or business setting.
We especially love the C and the W ... can't think why!
The screen-printed designs of Kittie Jones are on display at Concrete Wardrobe this June, as part of the Maker of the Month series of exhibitions.
Jones is exhibiting limited edition hand-pulled screen prints, tea towels and a range of greetings cards, all inspired by British birds. Prices range from £3 to £250.
Her subjects are initially researched through repeated sketching directly from life, a method that enables her to get a real sense of her subject: its shape, movement, character and purpose. These sketches are then worked up in the studio to create the final design for print.
Jones’ preferred technique of screen-printing is the same method used by Andy Warhol for his famous ‘Marilyn’ series. Each layer of colour is hand drawn onto tracing paper before being exposed photographically onto a fine mesh screen, creating a stencil effect. Coloured ink is then pushed through the screen onto the paper to make up each different colour layer. The finished result is a strong, colourful graphic image with a real sense of the subject and his being.
Alongside her range of screen prints, Jones is exhibiting a limited edition range of resin jewellery produced in collaboration with Scottish jeweller Amelia Smith, especially for her Maker of the Month exhibition.Jones commented ‘exhibiting at Concrete Wardrobe has enabled me to diversify my own range of work, introduce work with another maker and in new mediums. The new tea towel design is inspiration for producing future work on fabric.’
Fiona McIntosh, Co-owner of Concrete Wardrobe observed, ‘Jones’ work has a playful quality. Her subjects are full of character and her palette is vibrant but not sickly. The perfect accompaniment to the start of summer.’
Kittie Jones’ work will be on display at Concrete Wardrobe from 1st to 30th June 2012.
Concrete Wardrobe is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sundays 12 – 4pm.
PR: Katherine Emtage. Co-owners: James Donald and Fiona McIntosh