There is a lack of compromise about Katy Hackney’s jewellery, her unorthodox choice of materials and the adjustment of status conspire to intrigue and challenge our preconceived notions of what is precious.
Katy’s design decisions and use of alternative materials such as cellulose acetate, Formica, plywood and enamel paint are dictated by what she happens upon in junk shops and reclamation yard forays.
The discovery of an old, discarded piece of cellulose acetate or Formica now no longer produced – therefore extinct, is viewed as others would a costly jewel, squirreled away until she devises jewellery worthy of it.
Tackling intricately challenging processes with skill and expertise Katy produces jewellery that appears uncomplicated and memorable. Her work evolves as she progresses ideas, taking into consideration the practicalities of material combination and manufacture solutions. She is not afraid to exploit the unfashionable, making what she admires and likes, ultimately changing attitudes and initiating desire.
Born 1967 Dundee, Scotland
1989-1991 Royal College of Art MA in Jewellery
1985- 1989 Edinburgh College of Art BA Hons Jewellery 1st Class
2006- present University College for the Creative Arts, Rochester, Visiting Lecturer
2005-present London Metropolitan University (Sir John Cass), Part Time Lecturer
2004-present Central Saint Martins, Visiting Lecturer
1996 Edinburgh College of Art, Visiting Lecturer
2004 ACJ Prize for jewellery (At Chelsea Craft Fair)
2001 Export to Japan Award (At Chelsea Craft Fair)
1993 Crafts Council Grant
2009 There’s No Place like Home Ella Doran Shop, London
New works, CAA, London
2007 ‘The Enamel Experience’, Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg, Velvet da Vinci, SF, Gallery Loupe, Montclair, NJ
‘Process Works’ Uni of Herts Gallery, touring
2006 ‘Heirlooms’ St. Botolphs Church London
‘More Than Metal’ 21st C Jewellery Ulster Museum
2005/ 06 100% Proof Scottish Jewellery Touring UK & USA
2006 Plaques for sites of bombings of 7 July 05
Medals for LU Staff involved in bombings of7 July 05
2000 Gate, commissioned by Canary Wharf Ltd.
Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts
Alice & Louis Koch Ring Collection
Royal Museum of Scotland
Ulster Museum, National Museum of Northern Ireland
- CAA Exhibitions
- Current Exhibition
- Coming Soon