Cathy Miles

 

The inner workings of the hive remind me of an assembly of human industrious employees. The complexity of communication methods and division of labour; provides fuel for the imagination which I explore through wall works. These pieces celebrate the life of a honeybee, taking inspiration from the daily duties of the queen, the drone and the worker.
I aim to capture bee behaviour as an entomologist might in a diagram or close up photograph. Through my use of tiny portions of found material such as miniature light bulbs, cable ties and electrical capacitators, I have composed individual assemblages which make up each bee. The mix of wire line and intricacy of material has been influenced by the complexity and delicate balance within hive life.
 
Education 
2001-2003
 London Guildhall University, M.A. Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts
1998-2001 London Guildhall University B.A. (hons) Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts
1997-98 University of Portsmouth, BTEC Art Foundation
Awards
2007 DTI award to participate in the New York Gift Fair
2004-06 Craft Council Next move placement at Liverpool Hope University
2005 Arts Council England Grant
2004  Arts council England Grant

Exhibitions
2008
 ‘Things Beastly’, Flow gallery, London
‘Reclaiming Beauty’, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey
‘Playing with Fire’, Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey
‘In Response To.’ Kunstgieberei Schwabing, Munich
2007  ‘Containing Craft’ V&A showcase,   London
‘Birds’ Designs Gallery Castle Douglas
‘Summer Exhibition   New Ashgate Gallery,   Farnham
‘Raw’ Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Manchester
2006  ‘Folk Art and Fairy Tales’ Oriel Davies,   Newtown (touring)
‘Everyday’ Flow Gallery, London (touring)
‘SOFA Chicago’ with the Bluecoat Display Centre, Chicago
Origin: The London Craft Fair, Somerset House
2006  ‘Lustre’, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham
‘10 Years On – The Mill in Miniature’, Kath Libbert Jewellery, Saltaire
‘The Metal Collection’   Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
’Magnificent Menagerie’   Platform Gallery, Lancashire
‘Lines of Enquiry’ Gallerytop, Matlock
‘Dreams and Animations’ RBSA, Birmingham
2005  ‘Christmas Exhibition’ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
‘December Collection 05’ Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
‘Make Me Smile’ The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds
‘SOFA Chicago’ with the Bluecoat Display Centre, Chicago
‘Chelsea Crafts Fair’ London
‘Follow Me’ Kath Libbert Jewellery, Saltaire
‘Plastic Surgery’, Bluecoat Display Centre
‘Artist in the Spotlight’, the Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey

Commissions
2007
  Teaset on teatray for the Holding10 project
Longhouse Action Research Commission, Multistory
2006  Outside hoarding.  Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool Teacup set for Craftspace ‘At Home II’ project
2004  Triptich of panels. Cotswold Water Park Gateway Centre

Publications
2008
  Working on a project based book called ‘Sculpting in Wire’. To be published in 2009 by A&C Black
2007  ‘The Everyday’ CD catalogue to go with exhibition
‘Folk Art and Fairy Tales’ exhibition catalogue
‘Emporium’, Country Living Magazine
2006  ‘Follow Me’ a DVD documenting my making processes to go alongside exhibition.

Exhibitions

Archive

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