Laura Baxter

 

Botanical forms inspire my work, so bees and the pollination of flowers have always fascinated me. I can’t imagine a world without bees. 
I have an interest in collecting old books and ephemera, so whilst researching work for this exhibition I found the most amazing book by Sir William Jardine, ‘The Naturalist’s Library – Entomology ’ first printed in 1840 and illustrated by W H Lizars. I began to covert this book, studying its contents, memoirs to Huber and Jardine’s passionate descriptions of all bee species, their anatomy and behaviour. The hand coloured engravings were of particular interest to me and became like ‘jewels’ that I wanted to use in my work - a desire to combine the beauty of old print and text with my botanical work.  However I couldn’t bring myself to cut up this exquisite rare book. Instead I managed to find 2 first edition loose prints from a book dealer in the USA.  Just as precious and vulnerable as our bees are, I have used these original engravings as a jeweller would use a rare gemstone to make a series of brooches featuring our most common humble bumble bee and our British honey bee. I hope the work highlights both the beauty and vulnerability of our bees and underpins my love and deep respect for nature and our planet.

Born
1973, Lincolnshire

Education 
BA Hons Three Dimensional Design
Wood Metal, Ceramics, Glass, Manchester Metropolitan University

Awards
2007
 Best Domestic Design at Origin 2007, Crafts Council,  Evening Standard
Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England, Yorkshire -  Origin
Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England, Yorkshire -  Japan
Selected for British Crafts in Japan, Crafts Council
2006  Selected for British Crafts in Japan, Crafts Council
2005  Selected for British Crafts in Japan, Crafts Council
2003  Selected to join Photostore Selected Makers, Crafts  Council
2002  Making & Showing Award, Arts Council England
2001 Personal Development Award, Arts Council, England

Selected Exhibitions
2010  Bees Contemporary Applied Arts,curated by Wendy  Ramshaw
Wallpieces MiddleCottage, Teddington, Middlesex
Solo Show Dan Ginza Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2009  Design Collection Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
Sewing & Growing 78 Derngate, Northampton
Lustre Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham
Great Northern Craft Fair Spiningfi elds, Manchester
MidCentury Modern Christison Hall, Dulwich College,  London
Autumn Showcase Galanthus Gallery, Wormbridge,  Hereford
Christmas Show Mima, Middlesborough
2008  COLLECT Crafts Council, V&A, London
COLLECT at the Bluecoat. Bluecoat Display Centre Liverpool.
Silhouettes of Nature. Solo Show at Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh.
You’ll Never Walk Alone. Irish Crafts Council Kilkenny Ireland.
Design Show Liverpool. Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
2007  COLLECT Crafts Council, V&A, London
100% Design. Earls Court. London
Hoarfrost Oriel Myrddin Gallery Carmarthen
Five Gold RingsHarley Gallery webeck
2006  SOFA CHICAGO Represented by the Bluecoat Display Centre
2006  COLLECT Crafts Council, V&A, London
2006  New Jewellery – Laura Baxter & Keiwa Kobayashi
Dan Ginza Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2005  Contemporary Jewellery from Britain Bielak Gallery, Krakow, Poland
2005  Flower Power The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2004  Plant Details – Solo exhibition Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2004  Chelsea Craft Fair, London

Commissions
2004  One Hundred Brooch Pins, Crafts Council 2004
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Chelsea Crafts Fair
2003  Collection of Jewellery, Nasher Sculpture Centre, USA
2001  Collection of Cufflinks, Richard James, Savile Row, London

Selected Publicity
2008  Jewellery Handbook Brooches Sarah Stafford, A&C   Black Publishers
Adorn Amanda Mansell, Laurence King Publishing Ltd
8 British Contemporary Jewellers Gallery Si, Kobe,   Japan
2007  ACJ Directory A&C Black Publishers
British Crafts in Japan Arts Council, Crafts Council,   UKT&I, Design Factory
The Evening Standard Best Domestic Design Award,   October
2006  British Crafts in Japan Arts Council, Crafts Council,   UKT&I, Design Factory
UK Guide to Jewellery UK Trade & Investment
International Art Jewellery Objects of Desire,    Kentucky, USA
Crafts Accessories Guide Crafts Council, Crafts    Magazine
2005  The Times ‘Oh you pretty things’ T2 Arts Section,   November
2004  The Yorkshire Evening Post Two page colour feature   on my work, March The Yorkshire Post Feature on   exhibition pieces, February

 

 

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