Abigail Brown


My particular interest is in the lines, folds and forms of the human body and how these are continually changing.  I am fascinated by the sensuous qualities that our bodies possess, and often portray areas of the body that are not normally associated with these attributes.
I try to represent the warmth and softness of flesh in a material that is by nature hard and cold, aiming to create a piece of silverware that is tactile and sensual, and invites interaction.
I am interested in the similarities of form and shape that appear within nature; and in the marriage of organic and structured form, and I seek to create a union between the two in my work, such as in my Square Fruit Bowls and Folded Squares Neckpiece.  Recently, I am increasingly influenced by my surroundings in Cornwall, and have become interested in the idea of the body as a landscape.
I research my pieces using life drawings, photographs, paintings, and sometimes body casts. I use my own photographs of the human form and also of the natural world.  However, I prefer to work instinctively and fluidly with the metal, without having any preconception of the outcome and this creates a more spontaneous and natural form.  I also find inspiration in the work of artists such as Imogen Cunningham, Karl Blossfeldt and Edward Weston. 
I create bowls and vessels by raising and sinking flat sheets or discs of silver, using a variety of metal and wooden hammers and stakes.  The spontaneous nature of the work means that each piece is unique and sculptural.

Born 1978 Bedfordshire

Education 
1998- 2001
  Loughborough University School of Art & Design
BA (Hons) Silversmithing & Jewellery

Awards
2009
 Shortlisted for the Inhorgenta Europe 2009 Innovation Prize
2005  Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards - Commended in Design (3D) Silversmiths Senior
2001  The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’ Silver Grant
2000  The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’ Precious Metal Bursary
2000  British Art Medal Society Student Medal Project – Equal Fourth Prize

Selected Exhibitions
2010
  ‘Goldsmiths Fair’ Goldsmiths Hall, London
‘Edge to Edge, Side x Side’ Contemporary British    Silversmiths, Royal Cornwall, Museum, Truro
‘British Silver Week’ John Higgins, Bath & Palterman   & Thomas, Swansea
‘Handmade Contemporary British Crafts’ Fortnum   and Mason, London
‘Tutors Exhibition’ West Dean College, West Sussex
‘Contemporary Silver Making from Bishopsland’    Dovecot, Edinburgh
‘Inhorgenta 2010’ Munich, Germany
2009  ‘Art in Action’ Waterperry, Oxfordshire
‘Silver with a Pinch of Salt’ Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
‘Inhorgenta’ Munich, Germany
2008  ‘Silver Lining’ The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire
‘Opulence’ RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
‘Objects of Desire’ Chapel Gallery, Lancashire
‘Goldsmiths’ Fair’ Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
‘Simply Silver’ The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds
‘Art in Action’ Waterperry, Oxfordshire
The Contemporary Craft Fair’ Bovey Tracey, Devon 
April/May Jeweller’ The Architecture Centre, Bristol
‘British Crafts Trade Fair’ Harrogate, Yorkshire
2007  ‘Christmas Crackers’ Millennium Galleries, Sheffield
‘Design Collection’ The Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
‘Gifted’ The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey
‘Goldsmiths’ Fair’ Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
‘Moments of Indulgence’ Millennium Galleries, Sheffield
‘Hidden Art Cornwall Design Fair’ Godolphin House, Cornwall
‘Art in Action’ Waterperry, Oxfordshire
‘The Contemporary Craft Fair’ Bovey Tracey, Devon
‘Cornwall Open Studios’ The Old Grammar School, Redruth
2006  ‘Sparkle’ The Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey
‘Harley Craft Market’ The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire
‘Christmas Present’ Shipley Art Gallery Gateshead
‘Touching Skin’ Artifex Gallery Sutton Coldfield
‘Covet’ RBSA Gallery Birmingham
‘Abigail Brown & Michelle Fowler’ Falmouth Arts Centre, Cornwall
2005  ‘Christmas Present’ Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
‘Gifted’ The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Collections
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
The Rothschild Collection

Publications
2009
  ‘Jewellery Focus’ Magazine, Designer of the Month - May
2008  ‘The World of Interiors’ Magazine, Silver Lining – October
‘Jewellers: The Directory’ The Association of Contemporary Jewellers
2007  ‘Crafts’ magazine, Out of the West – July/Aug 2007
‘Essential Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom’ magazine, Essential Kitchen News – May2007
2006  ‘Cornwall Today’ magazine, Cornish Cravings – July 2006
‘Inside Cornwall’ magazine – March 2006
2005  Homes & Interiors Scotland’ magazine, Design Talent – July/August 2005
2002  ‘Arena’ magazine – August 2002
‘Hello’ magazine – 9 July 2002
‘Weekend’ magazine in ‘The Guardian’ – 22 June

 

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