Susan Cross

Fundamental to my practice is drawing: whether this is explored in a two-dimensional way or extended and developed through collage and models. This highly creative layer of activity provides a great sense of playfulness and ensures I believe a continued freshness of approach.
Ideas are distilled over time: bot though drawing, material exploration and a constant reflective process. Quite often it is the essence of a particular intangible quality, a noted texture of linear structure that provides the starting points for translation.

Materials are handled intuitively through the making process; the piece and I respond to the inherent properties of the medium that can also dictate method and form. Gold and silver provide the basis from which to explore ideas whilst combining and contrasting textile related materials offer spontaneity, colour and a great freedom of expression. Silver is often oxidised black likening it to the drawn graphite or inky line.

Born  1964 Ledbury, England

 Workshop in Edinburgh
1986-89  Workshop in London
1982-86  Middlesex Polytechnic
BA (Hons) Jewellery (class 1)
1980-82  Herefordshire College of Art & Design
Diploma in General Art & Design (distinction)

Recent exhibitions
  Collect, Saatchi Galleries, London. Represented    by electrum Gallery
Jewelery – What is it all about? Electrum     Gallery, London
2008  Collect, V&A. Represented by the Scottish     Gallery
2007  Jerwood Applied Arts Award, Jewellery.     Jerwood Space, London
Process Works, London Metropolitan University 2006  Goldmark, Thomas Goode, London
2005  Pensieri Preziosi 2 gioielle senza confine,     Padova, Italy
Interface, exhibition of International     Contemporary Art Textile
The Scottish Gallery and Ruthin Crafts Centre,    N. Wales 
2004  ….Or gold, Gallery Flow, London & touring
L’Or, Bijoux D Europe. France & touring
Collect, V&A, London
2003  Jewellery meets Textiles, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Schmuck, Munich, Germany
2002  Six Colourways, Blackwell House, Cumbria
2001  100% Proof, a distillation of new work in Jewellery and Silversmithing form Scotland, UK    & USA
Susan Cross – New Work, solo show. The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Crafts Council
Victoria and Albert Museum
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
Worshipful Company of Goldsmith’s
National Museums of Scotland 

Recent Awards
2008  Honorary Fellow, Hereford College of Arts
Appointed Reader, Edinburgh College of Art
2007  Jerwood prize
2001  Inches Carr Trust Bursary
1999  Scottish Arts Council travel grant to visit Japan





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