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Flourish

Exhibition  /  TravellingExhibition   Schools  /  26 Apr 2019  -  04 May 2019
Published: 03.04.2019
Centre for Contemporary Arts ‘Welcome Home’
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Intro
In the aftermath of the fire that devastated the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building at the heart of its campus, these 7 emerging artists have gathered to spend a year working alongside one another in the School’s Silversmithing and Jewellery Artists in Residency Programme.

Artist list

Andrew Fleming, Rachel Hardie, Caitlin Hegney, Astrid Jaroslawsky, Ailsa Morrant, Adrienn Pesti, Michelle Stewart
In the shifting milieu of Scotland’s largest city, each artist has a clear focus in mind and a personal direction to navigate, and each brings their own experiences and perspectives to the residency, from a deep ancestral belonging in the Glasgow arts, to the comfortable familiarity of an adopted home or to experiencing the old city through fresh eyes.  
These artists all have a way of interpreting this place that echoes the ingenuity of the Scots. With daily visual clues from a city that boasts an architectural tenacity of the ages and a cultural undercurrent of resilience, humour, strength of character and generosity that permeates all; these artists can’t help but infuse these characteristics in their work.
From 26th April to 4th May 2019, the artists’ will show work in progress during their Flourish exhibition hosted in Glasgow by ‘Welcome Home’ in the Centre for Contemporary Arts.  Meet the artists sessions throughout the exhibition will enable the artists to test and listen to the work’s resonance within the city where it was conceived and created.
Then, in the early autumn, it will emigrate to Australia, as many generations of Scots have, where Flourish will be hosted by Craft Victoria in Melbourne 3rd September to 5th October 2019 as part of the Radiant Pavilion programme 2019.
 
 
About the artists:

Michelle Stewart completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at RMIT University, Melbourne, in 2017. Spending a year as an Artist in Residence at the Glasgow School of Art has driven Michelle to investigate the stimulus of materiality in a closer context. With a concentrated focus on site specificity, Michelle continues to explore ideas surrounding connection to place. She is intrigued by the way an object, material or site can emit a power and create connections between people, whether it is a sentimental reverence, a shared experience or a faint recollection of familiarity that a material can illicit when handled.
 
Adrienn Pesti is interested in social alienations expressed through stereotypes, prejudices and is enthused by creating possibilities of how to overcome these judgements. Inspiration lies in creating platforms for people from all walks of life, investing their relationships with fellow humans and their environment. She is interested in how jewellery can function as an object to prompt social
interactions. Her work reverts us to an almost childlike curiosity. The bright colours and unique textures appeal to the senses, traits that all humans share. Her current project nurtures her concept through contemporary industrial enamelling, structural silver work and 3D printed nylon.
 
Ailsa Morrant catches and celebrates fleeting, instinctive, subconscious moments of connection with ourselves and others; not big moments, rather transient, everyday ones that are often over before we are even aware they were happening. Being mindful of the ones we often rush past can give us happiness, contentment and resilience. In an age when jewellery for many has predominantly become an expression of materialism, Ailsa makes every day, ordinary moments visible and wearable. Quietly activist, by using everyday materiality from our environment, Ailsa explores jewellery’s primordial role and value in society as a means of self- expression and mindfulness.
 
Andrew Fleming is a recent graduate of the Glasgow School of Art . Andrew is exploring the subject of silversmithing in its relationship to the built environment. Having studied architecture, he is fascinated by the construction processes within architecture. Temporary structures such as scaffolding and formers inspire his process. In his research he has been concentrating on table ware and vessels and how silverware today can best function the needs of its contemporary user. Focusing on linear forms and using a mix of precious and non-precious metals such as steel, he creates fascinating contemporary pieces.
 
Astrid Jaroslawsky is a Scottish based goldsmith and jewellery designer from Germany. She graduated in 2014 from Der staatlichen Zeichenakadmie Hanau as a goldsmith and graduated in 2018 from the Glasgow School of Art with a BA (Hons) in Silversmithing and Jewellery Design.
Astrid´s work explores jewellery as mnemonic pieces. Throughout a varied material palette and her fascination with material textures, her work explores heritage and materials sentimental, as well as intrinsic value. “I believe that jewellery through its private relationship to ourselves can act as mementoes which speak of memories, places, experiences and people.”
 
As a maker Rachel Hardie enjoys combining her love of drawing and metalwork skills to create sketch-like objects inspired by the architectural quirks of her hometown of Glasgow, paying particular homage to the chimneys which sleep above the city. Through her practice she likes to use both precious and non-precious metal as she is intrigued by their contrasting colours which she further explores through heat patination and oxidisation. Imperfection is also embraced by intentionally exposing solder joins and highlighting marks born from the making process.
 
Caitlin Hegney is a Scottish Artist and Jeweller exploring the enigmatic qualities of heritage. She is currently fascinated by the history of the colour blue. The processes that Caitlin uses are meditative and rhythmical; chasing in metal, carving into wood and crushing stone. Caitlin’s practice simultaneously celebrates and subverts traditional techniques, energising and engaging with ancient
processes. ‘‘I visualise myself as a collector and researcher. Making jewellery is the medium which allows me to combine my fascinations surrounding anthropology and materiality.”
Rachel Hardie. Vessel: Wired Vessel, 2018. 9K gold wire, oxidised silver wire.. 5 x 4 x 5.5 cm. Photo by: Shannon Tofts. Rachel Hardie
Vessel: Wired Vessel, 2018
9K gold wire, oxidised silver wire.
5 x 4 x 5.5 cm
Photo by: Shannon Tofts
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Rachel Hardie. Vessel: Wired Vessel, 2018. 9K gold wire, oxidised silver wire.. 5 x 4 x 5.5 cm. Photo by: Shannon Tofts. The smaller piece is 3.8 x 2.8 x 3 cm.. Rachel Hardie
Vessel: Wired Vessel, 2018
9K gold wire, oxidised silver wire.
5 x 4 x 5.5 cm
Photo by: Shannon Tofts

The smaller piece is 3.8 x 2.8 x 3 cm.

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Rachel Hardie. Vessel: Wired Vessel, 2018. 9K gold wire, oxidised silver wire.. 5 x 4 x 5.5 cm. Photo by: Shannon Tofts. Bottom view.. Rachel Hardie
Vessel: Wired Vessel, 2018
9K gold wire, oxidised silver wire.
5 x 4 x 5.5 cm
Photo by: Shannon Tofts

Bottom view.

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Caitlin Hegney. Brooch: Azure Brooch & Woad Brooch, 2018. Brass, fools lapis lazuli, oxidised silver, jet.. 7 x 4 x 2  cm and 8 x 6 x 2  cm. Photo by: Shannon Tofts. Two brooches.. Caitlin Hegney
Brooch: Azure Brooch & Woad Brooch, 2018
Brass, fools lapis lazuli, oxidised silver, jet.
7 x 4 x 2 cm and 8 x 6 x 2 cm
Photo by: Shannon Tofts
Two brooches.

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Caitlin Hegney. Brooch: Cerulean Brooch, 2018. Brass, oak.. 7 x 5 x 3 cm. Photo by: Shannon Tofts. Caitlin Hegney
Brooch: Cerulean Brooch, 2018
Brass, oak.
7 x 5 x 3 cm
Photo by: Shannon Tofts
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Caitlin Hegney. Brooch: Mazarine Brooch, 2018. Brass, oak.. 8 x 6 x 2.5 cm. Photo by: Caitlin Hegney. Caitlin Hegney
Brooch: Mazarine Brooch, 2018
Brass, oak.
8 x 6 x 2.5 cm
Photo by: Caitlin Hegney
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Ailsa Morrant. Brooch: A passing moment, 2018. Brass, silver, dandelion seeds.. 12 cm diameter x 6.5 cm deep. Photo by: Shannon Tofts. Ailsa Morrant
Brooch: A passing moment, 2018
Brass, silver, dandelion seeds.
12 cm diameter x 6.5 cm deep
Photo by: Shannon Tofts
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Ailsa Morrant. Medal: A moment to come, A moment too late, A treasured moment on Hope Street, 2018. Bronze, silver, copper, mixed materials.. 13.5 x 6 x 3 cm. Photo by: Shannon Tofts. Three medals.. Ailsa Morrant
Medal: A moment to come, A moment too late, A treasured moment on Hope Street, 2018
Bronze, silver, copper, mixed materials.
13.5 x 6 x 3 cm
Photo by: Shannon Tofts
Three medals.

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Ailsa Morrant. Brooch: A frozen moment, 2018. Bronze, plaster.. 10 x 7 x 5 cm. Photo by: Ailsa Morrant. From series: Handshake. Ailsa Morrant
Brooch: A frozen moment, 2018
Bronze, plaster.
10 x 7 x 5 cm
Photo by: Ailsa Morrant
From series: Handshake
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Ailsa Morrant. Brooch: The value is in the connection, 2018. Copper, brass, silver, 9K gold.. 6 x 1 x 1 cm. Photo by: Ailsa Morrant. Ailsa Morrant
Brooch: The value is in the connection, 2018
Copper, brass, silver, 9K gold.
6 x 1 x 1 cm
Photo by: Ailsa Morrant
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Adrienn Pesti. Brooch: Spectrum B, 2018. 3D printed nylon, acrylic paint, steel.. 3.5 x 8 cm. Adrienn Pesti
Brooch: Spectrum B, 2018
3D printed nylon, acrylic paint, steel.
3.5 x 8 cm
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Michelle Stewart. Object: Work in Progress, 2019. Sterling silver.. 7 x 3 x 4 cm. Michelle Stewart
Object: Work in Progress, 2019
Sterling silver.
7 x 3 x 4 cm
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