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Artwork for Joanne Goodwin

Island Landscape Brooch

Brooch Collection

Island Seashore Necklace

Ocean Sunset Brooch

Wild Meadow Collection

Island Landscape Collection

Scottish Island Brooch

Shoreline Collection

How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I design and make jewellery using silver and mixed metals using a variety of traditional silversmith techniques including soldering, forging and mark making. My designs are influenced by landscapes and seascapes I have encountered during sailing trips around the Isles of Scotland, the West coast of Ireland along with my local surroundings here in Worcestershire. Nature is a constant source of inspiration in my work. I like to recreate and apply textures and patterns and manipulate form to mimic organic shapes, constructing the metal into workable, wearable pieces of jewellery. My brooches are amongst my largest pieces of art work, where I abstract an authentic form to create a sculptural design, delivering an essence of nature. With all my designs I like to explore them fully by creating a collection of jewellery that completely envelops the theme. Pieces range from small stud earrings through to large one-off statement pendants and brooches. Recently I have been working on developing a signature range that incorporates a mismatch and asymmetrical style, giving the pieces a contemporary contrast against their natural organic origins.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

To fulfil a desire to be creative, a passion to design and make, to express what inspires me through the artistry of my work. It feels special to create an artwork from a primary source of inspiration, handcrafted into a wearable beautiful piece of jewellery.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I am a designer and a maker of contemporary jewellery which I sell under the name of JElizabethJewellery
My artistic expression originates from my love and appreciation of the natural world. Working mainly in silver I incorporate mixed metals using traditional techniques to create textures and forms that reflect nature’s design. My aim is to connect the wearer with the natural world, igniting a moment in time immersed in the countryside, or mesmerised by a wild and windswept coastline. My designs seek to evoke an essence of these moments and become a wearable and special piece of art. The brooch collection inspired from my time exploring the Scottish Isles embodies all of this. My jewellery is sculptural and abstract but also displays a soft fluidity, harmonizing contemporary with an organic source.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

Refining and developing my metal work skills is very important to me and I continue to explore new techniques and processes within this vast and exciting discipline. I exhibit at Fairs, shows and Galleries, with an ambition to develop this further.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

My love for creativity and art started at a young age with a childhood brought up in rural Norfolk, I was always exploring marshlands and seashores, using foraged items to create collages and artworks. This ignited an interest to study art and led me to focus on Surface Pattern at University where I studied a degree in Art and Design, Textiles at Bretton Hall. I then went on to complete a PGCE at Worcester University, teaching in Senior Schools for a number of years. However, my desire to fulfil my creativity took over when I discovered silversmithing. It was a new medium of expression that I connected with and have pursued ever since. Developing skills and techniques to become proficient in this field I produced my first body of work which was exhibited in a local gallery. I then took on commission work and now exhibit at shows and fairs, selling my work in local galleries and stockists, as well as having my own online shop.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

I have exhibited at The Blue Magpie Contemporary Craft for the last 3 years, Elmslie House, Malvern
Last November I exhibited at The Artists and Makers Fair, The Artery, Worcester
A Collection of my work can be found exhibited at Bevere Gallery, Worcester

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