Joanne Garner

Artists Statement

Using precious metals and textiles I create striking jewellery for people with a unique flair.

I aim to create work which is artistic by design and perhaps crosses boundaries within the traditional jewellery scene. The textile techniques along with the metalwork create something which is highly striking and original.

The work is inspired by nature, in the form of fluid rhythm and motion. Silver wire, and silk thread are the main materials used, with the occasional use of gold (normally 22 or 18ct). The silver is often oxidised as the contrast between the blackened silver and the warm colour of gold is very striking. I aim to create extremely tactile jewellery which is full of movement and energy. Varying shades of red are the preferred colour scheme as this gives the most vibrant effect and silk thread is used because I enjoy the combination of the soft material with the hard metal. Traditional metalwork techniques are used along with some textile techniques such as braiding and knotting. The main focus of work is bracelets and necklaces as I feel that this allows for more freedom due to the nature of working on a slightly larger scale. I do, however, have a range of more affordable designs some of which do not include silk thread.

Education/Qualifications

2003-2007 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design BDes Hons Jewellery and Metalwork
2005 I studied at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada.
In the final year of the course a dissertation was written which was concerned with how jewellery materials affect the environment and was titled, "The Environmental Issues in Gold Mining – Is there a Better Option?"

Memberships

Association of Contemporary Jewellery
Scottish Artists Union
Licentiate Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen

Stockists

Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre, Dundee
The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, from September
Byre Theatre, St Andrews, 2 Sept to late Autumn 09

Exhibitions/Shows

2009 Exhibition 5, Red Barn Gallery, Melkinthorpe, Cumbria

The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds City Art Gallery

Virtuoso and Virtuoso+ at Coutts London Jewellery week-

British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate

Melody 09, Society of Designer Craftsmen (SDC) Gallery, London

New Artists Select, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries

2008 Wasps Christmas Sale, Meadowmill, Dundee

Gift, Farnham Maltings, Farnham,

WASPS open studio weekend, Meadowmill, Dundee

Focus Case at Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre

Enchanted, Coutts London Jewellery week, SDC Gallery,

Spring Collection 2008, SDC Gallery, London

Joint Exhibition with Nichola Martin, Bank Street Gallery, Kirriemuir

Edinburgh Crafts Fairs, Valentines Fair, The Columcille Centre

07-08 Designer Jewellers Group Christmas Exhibition, The Barbican, London

2007 New Designers, Business Design Centre, London

Degree show, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee

2006 "Unearthed" (Student Exhibition), DJCAD, Dundee

"Omnia Vanitas" (Joint student exhibition between OCAD and NASCAD) – Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto