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Shimara Carlow

Statement
My jewellery has been inspired by natural forms, primarily seedpods and I have created a body of work based on pod like structures. I use silver, 18 carat gold, silk paper and gum nuts to create my jewellery. Collections include "Daisy", Acorn Cup", " Acorn Cup Wrap" and "Silver Acorn Cup Wrap". These pieces are constructed from individual acorn cup and daisy units assembled to create both large and small scale pieces of jewellery. The cups are assembled to hang in long articulated chains or set in to intricate wire structures that adorn the body.
New jewellery collections include "gum nut", neckpieces, rings and earrings constructed from both silver and real gum nuts; "picture", a selection of pendants and brooches using wrapped wire and small acorn cups assembled in a silver frame; "honesty", whitened and reticulated silver ovals, which resemble honesty leaves, constructed in to long articulated neckpieces and bracelets. I have also developed both my silver and my 18 carat gold "wrap rings" to include precious stones such as diamonds, pink sapphire, aquamarine and pink and green tourmaline.


C.V.
BORN: West Cork, Republic of Ireland

EDUCATION:
2002 – 2004 P & O Makower Trust Workshops, Residency, Bishopsland, Oxon.
1997 – 2001 BA (hons) Glasgow School of Art, Jewellery and Silversmithing.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:
2005 - 2009 'December Collection' – Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow.
2006 - 2009 'Origin - The London Craft Fair' - Somerset House, London.
2009 - 'British Silver Week' - David Fowkes Gallery.
'Bishopsland Exhibition' - The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
'Side x Side, Edge to Edge- - Hame Castle, Finland.
'Collect' - The Saatchi Gallery, London.
'Cut Fold Stitch' - Aaron Faber Gallery, New York.
2008 - 'At Table' - Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House, Cumbria
2007 – 2008 'Dazzle' - Manchester Town Hall
2007 - 2008 Art in Action' - Waterperry, Oxfordshire.
2006 - 2008 'Dazzle' - Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.
2008 'British Silver Week' – Lesley Craze Gallery, London.
'Reveal' - Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh.
2004 - 2008 'Collect' - The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
2007 'Solo Window Display' - Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool.
'Home for Christmas' - Black Swan Arts, Frome.
'Christmas Cracker' - Millennium Galleries, Sheffield.
'5 Gold Rings' - Harley Gallery, Welbeck.
2004 - 2007 'Goldsmiths' Fair' - Goldsmiths' Hall, London.
'Solo Exhibition' - The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh.
'Rising Stars' - Goldsmiths' Hall, London.
2006 'Gifted' - National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh.
2005 - 2006 'Dazzle' - National Theatre, London.
'Scottish Signature' - Beeld en Aambeeld, Enschede, Holland.
'Four Women Artists Celebrate the Environment' - Broughton Gallery.
'Emerging Talent' – Lesley Craze Gallery, London.
2005 'Chelsea Craft Fair' - Chelsea Town Hall, London.
'International Arts and Crafts' – The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
2004 'Object of Design' - The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London.
'Solo Exhibition' – The Architecture Centre, Bristol.
'Jewellery Unlimited' - Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol.
2003 'Silver Sparks' – The Gilbert Collection, Somerset House, London.

NOTABLE SALES AND COMMISSIONS:
2006 Set of four hand raised fine silver pencil holders, private commission
Hand raised fine silver fruit bowl, private collection
Hand raised fine silver pod vessel with gold plate, private commission

2004 18ct gold neckpiece, private commission
Pair of hand raised round pod vessels, private collection
Pair of hand raised fine silver water vessels, private commission

2003 Two fine silver hand raised pod vessels, private collection


PUBLICATIONS AND ARTICLES:
2007 BBC Homes and Antiques, Born to Shine, Dec 2007

2006 Elle Decoration, Precious Metals, Issue 170
Elle Decoration, Egg Shapes, Issue 161

2005 Country Home and Interiors, Shimmering Talent, Nov 05
Homes and Interiors Scotland, World Leaders, Issue 42

2004 J-dex Magazine, A Sand Hurst for Silversmiths, Sep 04