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I'm excited about traveling and collecting new objects. Interview with Anna Watson by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 02.11.2021
Anna Watson Anna Watson
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2021
Anna Watson. Necklace: Protector, 2020. Polymer clay, acrylic paint, enamel paint, faux leather thong. Pendant: 25 x 3 x 160 cm ; Length: 101.5 cm.. Anna Watson
Necklace: Protector, 2020
Polymer clay, acrylic paint, enamel paint, faux leather thong
Pendant: 25 x 3 x 160 cm ; Length: 101.5 cm.
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Intro
I'm drawn to contemporary jewellery because I feel there is more opportunity to subvert and challenge traditions and materials which I feel makes it a more creative means of expression.
Tell us about your background. What were your first influences to be creative and become an artist and what has drawn you to contemporary jewellery?
My parents met and fell in love at art college which I think infused me with an artist spirit. I enjoyed creating from an early age and would make cards and gifts for people, I used paints, card board, tin cans, crisp packets and found objects to put together various creations. I’m drawn to contemporary jewellery because I feel there is more opportunity to subvert and challenge traditions and materials which I feel makes it a more creative means of expression.


How important is networking for you in your professional practice and what are your preferred tools for this?
For me, it's important to form genuine relationships and connections with artists and gallerists who have ideas and work which I appreciate and vice versa. I love to meet with fellow artists and designers personally and I use Instagram to share my work and upcoming events. I contact people I’m interested in working with directly. I’m keen to develop ways of communicating and building relationships through some kind of podcast format.


What are your general thoughts on the contemporary jewellery world, (education, market, development), where do you see your chances and where are dead ends?
I think the contemporary jewellery world is at a huge advantage as it's slightly underground and underrepresented. This means there is less baggage and more freedom for creativity and novelty for artists, gallerists, promoters and promotional platforms. I don’t really see any dead ends other than it could become constrained by its own rules within its own structures.


How has your work changed over the past few years and what are you excited about these days?
I have become better at expressing what I want without second guessing myself or fitting into any perceived expectations. I’m excited about traveling and collecting new objects to inform my work and building relationships with new cultures and communities which I plan to do in the coming year, pandemic pending!
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