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Rachael Colley

Jeweller
Published: 06.10.2021
Rachael Colley, photo by Kathrin Koschitzki.
Rachael Colley, photo by Kathrin Koschitzki.


Intro
Rachael Colley is a Sheffield based artist and senior lecturer in jewellery and metalwork at Sheffield Hallam University. She gained a BA (Hons) in 3D design, specialising in jewellery and silversmithing, at Loughborough University in 2007 and went on to obtain an MA in goldsmithing, silversmithing, metalwork and jewellery from the Royal College of Art in 2010. Rachael thinks through materials, producing cutlery, jewellery and sculpture which are explored in experimental dining events, exhibitions, installations and visual art projects. Pieces from her Sha-green jewellery series are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Crafts Itami, Japan and Le Arti Orafe, Florence, Italy.

Statement

Based in Sheffield, the UK’s ‘Steel City’, Rachael creates ambiguous eating implements that challenge our collective connections with food and communicate aspects of her lived experience as a sufferer of the autoimmune disease Systemic Sclerosis. Through the elevation of food waste as a luxury material, her jewellery questions traditional notions of preciousness and value, highlighting broad societal issues surrounding consumption and encouraging reflection on the waste we generate.
 
M(eat) et al​
M(eat) et al is a developing collection that juxtaposes foodstuffs with the flesh of the human body, highlighting abject associations and our relationship with food and its consumption. These wearables seek to defamiliarise everyday organic substances through denaturing processes and the materials’ re-presentation as jewellery. The degradable materials’ limited lifespan highlights the fleeting and complex nature of human existence and the passing of time, suggesting the ultimate end that conventional jewellery circumvents through its endurance. M(eat) et al is designed to sit alongside a complimentary set of Ambiguous Implements for eating, grooming, and cleaning, that jointly serve to highlight aspects of contemporary consumer culture.

Sha-Green​
Sha-Green series presents food waste, in the form of discarded citrus fruit peel, as a sustainable, biodegradable, vegan alternative to the traditionally animal-based luxurious decorative surface known as shagreen (ray or shark skin). This scented material comes alive when worn, as it is warmed by the body it emits a subtle fruity fragrance. The jewellery's limited lifespan highlights the fleeting and complex nature of human existence and the passing of time, suggesting the ultimate end that conventional jewellery circumvents through its endurance.

 

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2021:
Exhibition  12 Dec 2021 - 06 Mar 2022  Anciens Abattoirs in Mons.
Exhibition  06 Nov 2021 - 31 Dec 2021  Tincal lab Challenge 2021. Jewelry and Nature.
Exhibition  11 Jun 2021 - 11 Jul 2021  GALLERY: A Window Exhibition at Knaekkethvid.
2020:
Lectures  12 Nov 2020 - 12 Nov 2020  Artist Talk with Rachael Colley Live on Zoom.
Exhibition  12 Sep 2020 - 05 Dec 2020  Precious Places.
Meeting  28 May 2020 - 04 Jun 2020  CANCELED / Firenze Preziosa 2020.
Exhibition  19 Mar 2020 - 24 Mar 2020  Tincal lab Challenge 2019: Jewelry and Anatomy at ROJW2020.
Award giving  15 Jan 2020 - 15 Jan 2020  Winners of the Preziosa Young Design Competition 2020.
Award  15 Jan 2020 - 15 Jan 2020  Preziosa Young Design Competition 2020.
2019:
Exhibition  18 Nov 2019 - 06 Dec 2019  Handmade by Machines Exhibition.
School of Art, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Exhibition  16 Nov 2019 - 22 Dec 2019  Itami International Craft Exhibition.
The Museum of Arts and Crafts, Itami, Japan.
Exhibition  15 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019  JiMS by Zoe Robertson and Rachael Colley.
Exhibition  15 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019  JiMS (Jewellery in My Space).
Odox Art Project Space, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Exhibition  09 Nov 2019 - 31 Dec 2019  Tincal lab Challenge 2019: Jewelry and Anatomy.
Exhibition  01 Nov 2019 - 26 Jan 2020  Body Control: Jewellery and Fashion at the Boundaries of the Human Body.
De Kerk powered by Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, Netherlands.
Exhibition  04 Jul 2019 - 06 Oct 2019  NOD: Wearing Change.
Exhibition  25 Jun 2019 - 16 Jul 2019  Arm Candy.
2018:
Exhibition  04 Oct 2018 - 07 Oct 2018  Gioielli in Fermento at JOYA Barcelona 2018.
Exhibition  20 Sep 2018 - 11 Nov 2018  Gioielli in Fermento in Padua.
Meeting  14 Aug 2018 - 15 Sep 2018  Koru 6.
Exhibition  16 Jun 2018 - 15 Sep 2018  NOD: On Full Volume in Lille.
Award  13 May 2018 - 28 May 2018  Gioielli in Fermento Award 2018 8th edition.
Exhibition  13 May 2018 - 27 May 2018  Gioielli in Fermento 2018 Exhibition.
Exhibition  06 Mar 2018 - 10 Mar 2018  Selfie-ism.
Exhibition  06 Mar 2018 - 10 Mar 2018  Selfie-ism.
2017:
Meeting  29 Nov 2017 - 29 Nov 2017  Rethinking Domestic Design.
Exhibition  27 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017  Ambiguous Implements: redesigning the domestic.
Vittoria Street Gallery, School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Exhibition  27 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017  Ambiguous Implements Exhibition.
Exhibition  18 Nov 2017 - 24 Dec 2017  Itami International Craft Exhibition.
The Museum of Arts and Crafts, Itami, Japan
Lecture  11 Oct 2017 - 11 Oct 2017  M(eat) et al, lecture at the School of Art, Birmingham City University.
Open call  30 Jan 2017 - 01 Mar 2017  XIV International Baltic Jewellery Show Amber Trip.
2015:
Fundraising  16 Jun 2015 - 15 Jul 2015  JUNK - Rubbish to Gold: kickstarter campaign.

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Book:  Growth & Evolution International Jewellery Exhibition. Sun, HermanChina Modern Publishing House Limited:  Hong Kong,  2020
Book:  Preziosa Young 2020. Le Arti OrafeLe Arti Orafe:  Florence,  2020
Magazine:  Good Enough to Eat. Society of North American Goldsmiths:  Eugene,  2018
Metalsmith Magazine, Vol. 38, No.4, p.42-49.
 
Online Article:  Food-Metal Alchemy. How Fine a Mess journal:  Sheffield,  2018
Issue 6
Magazine:  "M(eat) et al" Findings The Association for Contemporary Jewellery. 2017
Dorchester, Issue 64, P13-14
Magazine:  Two-fingered (salute). 2016
FEAST: Cutlery (issue 1), published online only, Podia, ISSN: 2397-785X
Magazine:  On Performing Art Jewellery: Identity play as leisure activity. 2016
The Dress Issue, Annals of Leisure Research, Sian Hindle, Anne Boultwood, Rachael Colley
Magazine:  Spurious Luxus. 2015
Zētēsis: International journal for Fine Art, Philosophy & the Wild Sciences, Article Press, Birmingham, Vol 2, P. 96-103
Magazine:  "Selected Graduates", Findings The Association for Contemporary Jewellery. 2010
Dorchester, Issue 51, P19
Magazine:  Selected Graduates. Crafts magazine:  2010
Issue 225 July/August, p12-13
Book:  “500 Pendants and Lockets: Contemporary Interpretations of Classic Adornments”. Lark Books:  2008
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