Lucy Pearl Petts

Lucy Pearl Petts’ work is a response to the chaotic and alarming experiences faced by people living through the Anthropocene, such as the climate apocalypse, unjust governments and civil unrest. Their collections attempt to bring a sense of joy and hope despite these hurdles, materialising in the form of amulets and tokens of luck. However, they could also be fittingly perceived as panic buttons for life. The pieces aim to initiate vital conversations of positive reform or provide comfort to the wearer with their inviting iridescent colours, alluring forms, and hidden ornamentation.

Since graduating Lucy has been developing her artistic practice to reach a variety of audiences. 
In January 2023, Lucy was awarded the Klimt02 New Talents Award after being nominated by The Glasgow School of Art. As part of this award, she had a solo show Chaos at Hannah Gallery Barcelona in May 2023 in which she said “it was a surreal and amazing experience.”

Lucy has also taken part in further professional training with the Goldsmiths’ Centre and her work can be seen at the Goldsmiths’ Centre as part of the group exhibition for Spotlighting in the new year.

Lucy Pearl Petts

Contemporary Jeweller

Silversmithing & Jewellery Design (BA Hons) – The Glasgow School of Art

Statement

Lucy Pearl Petts’ work is a response to the chaotic and alarming experiences faced by people living through the Anthropocene, such as the climate apocalypse, unjust governments and civil unrest. Their collections attempt to bring a sense of joy and hope despite these hurdles, materialising in the form of amulets and tokens of luck. However, they could also be fittingly perceived as panic buttons for life. The pieces aim to initiate vital conversations of positive reform or provide comfort to the wearer with their inviting iridescent colours, alluring forms, and hidden ornamentation.

The pieces are made from plant-based biodegradable 3D printed plastic adorned with marbled aluminium and small silver embellishments. Petts wants the pieces to adorn the body on an oversized and large scale but without the heavy weight, they select materials to adhere to these forms and ideas, with wearable practicality considered.

Petts’ practice draws inspiration from both analogue and digital design methods alongside maximalist queer aesthetics. They create collages from magazines and articles inspired by world news events – these are distorted digitally to create a swirling chasm.

Materials 3D Printed Biodegradable PLA, Sublimated Aluminium, Recycled Silver, Fresh Water Pearls and Abalone Shell.

“Since graduating I have been developing my artistic practice and trying to get my work seen to a variety of audiences.”

Exhibitions and Awards

Group exhibition Herbes Folles, Hasard et Germes de Désir at VICEVERSA Gallery, Switzerland. 

Solo show Chaos at Hannah Gallery Barcelona in May 2023

Klimt02 New Talents Award – January 2023

Part of a Group show curated by Sienna Patti and Bella Neyman Exuberance as part of New York City Jewelry Week. – November 2022

Fife Contemporary. New Maker Award (June 2022)

Development and training
“I have been taking part in further professional training with the Goldsmiths’ Centre, the courses Getting Started 2023 and Spotlighting 2023. My work can be seen at the Goldsmiths’ Centre as part of the group exhibition for Spotlighting in the new year.”