Beth Legg

The remote environment I come from has strongly influenced the work I produce. The way in which the natural elements form and sculpt the vast open spaces in the far north of Scotland fascinates me and I aim for this to be reflected in my work.
My pieces explore ideas of the embedded object and memory. The found objects I use are metaphors for recovered memory. I see these materials as artefacts which have a powerful relationship with the environment I have taken them from. Away from the wearer I would like my pieces to take on the character of still lives through the contrasts I seek to evoke in my assemblages. I find the manner of designing through making both intellectually and emotionally productive and I enjoy the labour of hand tool processes.
I aim for my work to be seen as a moving dialogue – each piece an exploration of composing elements encompassing themes of honesty, landscape and memory.

 1981 Caithness, Scotland

2003–05 Master of Design (MDes), Edinburgh College of Art
1999–03 BA (Hons) First Class, Edinburgh College of Art, Design & Applied Arts
1993-99 Thurso High School, Caithness       

2006 The Scottish Arts Council Start-Up Grant
2005 The Business Gateway Start-Up Grant, Scottish Executive
2003 The Harley Award for Best Use of Materials, New Designers London
2003 Second Place in New Designer of the Year, New Designers London
2003 The Helen A. Rose Bequest Award for High Achievement
2003 Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Craftsmanship Awards Commendation
2002 Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Bursary Award 

2009 Collect, The Saatchi Gallery, London
2009 The Wych Elm Project, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
2008 Origin, The Crafts Council Fair, Somerset House, London
2008 The Goldsmiths Fair, Goldsmiths Hall, London
2008 Black & Gold, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2008 Winter Walks, Showcase at the DCA, Dundee
2007 Analach, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
2007 Crafts Council Showcase at the V&A, London
2007 ‘Highland Arts’, Glasgow Art fair, Glasgow
2006 ‘Made’, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
2006 ‘Sieraad’, The Amsterdam Rai
2006 ‘Scottish Contemporary Jewellery’, Beeld en Aambeeld, Amsterdam
2006 Gifted, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
2006 100% east, Brick Lane, London
2006 Contemporary Scottish Jewellery, Manchester Craft Centre
2006 Winners Showcase, The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire
2006 Design Collection, The Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2006 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), New York
2006 Highland Arts, Glasgow Art Fair, Glasgow
2006 Up Your Street, The Dick Institute, Kilmarnock
2005 Multiple, Goldigger, Northern Ireland
2005 The Front Line, Brazen Studios, Glasgow
2005 New Designers, Islington, London
2005-06 100% Proof, Traveling Exhibition Touring USA and UK
2005 Edinburgh Comes to Clerkenwell, Lesley Craze Gallery, London

2006-7 Fife Council Commission to design decorative elements for Burntisland High Street
2007-8 Author of ‘Natural Materials in Jewellery’ a handbook for makers to be published by A&C Black publishers in 2008. ISBN 978-0-7136-8276-2






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