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Dorset Visual Arts,
Little Keep, Bridport Road,
Dorchester, Dorset

DT1 1SQ

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01305 853100

KARINA GILL

About Karina Gill

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"Twenty years ago, I unearthed a deceptively simple and unique idea, which had the potential to develop an infinite number of variations on a single minded theme. The idea drew influence from nature’s patterns and organic repetition - the endlessly uniform variety inspired by seed pods, fossils and ferns. It also drew on the principals of print-making and textiles, creating an outcome that is delicate yet solid, natural yet structural, simple yet confoundingly complex. "

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Email: karina@karinagill.co.uk

Number: 01258 817669

I was born in Devon in 1975. I graduated from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in Farnham where I gained a BA (Hons) in 3 Dimensional Design in metalwork. Since completing my degree in1996 I have built up my business from my workshop in Dorset where I design and make contemporary silverware and jewellery.

 

My aim as a contemporary silversmith is to demonstrate first-class craftsmanship throughout my distinctive, sculptural pieces. Twenty years ago, I unearthed a deceptively simple and unique idea, which had the potential to develop an infinite number of variations on a single minded theme. The idea drew influence from nature’s patterns and organic repetition – the endlessly uniform variety inspired by seed pods, fossils and ferns. It also drew on the principals of print-making and textiles, creating an outcome that is delicate yet solid, natural yet structural, simple yet confoundingly complex.

 

Unashamedly more concerned with artistic form than function, the pieces explore contrasting elements within a single space. There is a tension between the irregular, organic texture and perfectly repeating structure. Each piece derives from a single sheet of metal. Acid etching creates a heavily textured yet delicate surface, giving each an organic one-off quality. The material is cut, ensuring no wastage – one complete sheet of silver is used to create each piece. It’s in this transformation that the magic lies. The metal is hand-sculpted, hammered and manipulated to create a final geometric object, which intrigues through its apparent solidity and tactility. I have developed this idea during the course of my career, resulting in a body of work which conveys a unique voice.

 

This unusual technique has gained me awards from the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council for craftsmanship and design winning commendations and a silver award for my etched silver bowls and I was shortlisted for the Company Award.

 

My silver pieces have been selected for the 17th and 18th Silver Triennial International, a curated touring exhibition highlighting new trends in contemporary silver. I have exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London with the Contemporary British Silversmiths and with Christie's in South Kensington, London.

 

I exhibit my work regularly throughout the year at contemporary fairs and through exhibitions including the Goldsmiths' Fair and at the Goldsmiths' Centre in London where I sell my silverware and jewellery.

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