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Katie Gibbon. Central Saint Martins. Selected Graduate 2020

Published: 18.11.2020
Katie Gibbon Katie Gibbon
Author:
BA (Hons) Jewellery Design Central Saint Martins
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2020
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Intro
Katie’s project in her final year was immediately about expressing her feelings towards the global environmental crisis and engaging the viewer in considering the climate emergency – she explored a range of ways communicating through materials, politics and interaction. She shows her skills as an artist and maker in thinking through these issues and speaking through the material, jewellery and function. She demands the viewer and wearer to be involved and to notice and be the cause that affects the work. The pieces are both delightfully engaging and subtle but powerful reminders that what we do has an impact on our environment.
/ Giles Last
 
Focussing on the concept of “fragility”, Katie bases her collection on her feelings about the environmental crisis and humankind’s impact on the planet. She cultivates a “conscious wearing” approach, by creating jewellery which is passively impacted by the wearer’s touch. The aesthetics of her pieces and their materials (porcelain, silver wire, gold leaf) are strongly connected with the idea of impermanence, which the objects transmit through elegant, light and refined shapes. This alludes to the important changes that we constantly inflict on our planet; Katie asks us to reflect on the effects of our movements.
/ Interpretative text by Maddalena Bonato.

Conscious Wearing
I was inspired to create this collection to express my feelings around the current climate crisis we are experiencing. We are not only negatively impacting the planet and its inhabitants, but we are also endangering ourselves and the future of human life. I was driven to explore the potential of jewellery as a medium to encourage more conversation around the topic and to inspire people to be more conscious of their impact on the planet. I have cultivated a concept of ‘conscious wearing’ of jewellery by creating a series of fragile pieces which are easily broken or impacted in some way by the wearer. Some of my designs in the collection are so fragile that the wearer has to be constantly self-aware in order to avoid breaking the piece. This ‘conscious wearing’ reflects the need for us to become more aware of and responsible for our actions which affect the planet we live on.
/ Katie Gibbon


More work and contact:
Instagram: @ktl__g
Website: ktl-g.com
Email: Katie_gibbon@yahoo.com, k.gibbon0320161@arts.ac.uk
Phone number: +44 7503347976

Name of graduation student: Katie Gibbon.
Name of the guiding teacher: Lin Chueng, Frances Wadsworth Jones.

Find out more about the courses at Central Saint Martins, BA (Hons) Jewellery Design.
Katie Gibbon. Necklace: Untitled, 2020. Clay.. 17 x 14 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Katie Gibbon. Katie Gibbon
Necklace: Untitled, 2020
Clay.
17 x 14 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Katie Gibbon
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Katie Gibbon. Necklace: Stretch Chain, 2020. Recycled silver.. 16 x 10 x 0.5 cm. Photo by: Katie Gibbon. Katie Gibbon
Necklace: Stretch Chain, 2020
Recycled silver.
16 x 10 x 0.5 cm
Photo by: Katie Gibbon
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Katie Gibbon. Necklace: Untitled, 2020. Clay.. 17 x 14 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Katie Gibbon. Katie Gibbon
Necklace: Untitled, 2020
Clay.
17 x 14 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Katie Gibbon
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Katie Gibbon. Necklace: Gold Leaf Chain, 2020. Gold leaf.. 17 x 13 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Katie Gibbon. Katie Gibbon
Necklace: Gold Leaf Chain, 2020
Gold leaf.
17 x 13 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Katie Gibbon
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Katie Gibbon. Necklace: Gold Leaf Chain, 2020. Gold leaf.. 17 x 13 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Katie Gibbon. Alternative view.. Katie Gibbon
Necklace: Gold Leaf Chain, 2020
Gold leaf.
17 x 13 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Katie Gibbon

Alternative view.

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Katie Gibbon. Necklace: Unlinked Chain, 2020. Recycled silver.. 16 x 10 x 0.5 cm. Photo by: Katie Gibbon. Katie Gibbon
Necklace: Unlinked Chain, 2020
Recycled silver.
16 x 10 x 0.5 cm
Photo by: Katie Gibbon
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