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
2005- 09 London Metropolitan University (Sir John Cass), Part Time Lecturer (on-going)
2004 - 09 Central Saint Martins, Visiting Lecturer (on-going)
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
2011 SOFA New York, Represented by Contemporary Applied Arts
HOST, Collaboration & group exhibition with David Gates , Helen Carnac, David Clark, Robert Ebendorf & Tom Hill
2010 SOFA New YorkRepresented by Contemporary Applied Arts
2009 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
New Works, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
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.
Alice and Louis Koch Ring collection
Crafts Council, London
Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Ulster Museum, National Museum of Northern Ireland
Design & Make Non-Precious Jewellery. Kathie Murphy. A & C Black 2009
Adorn . New Jewellery. Amanda Mansell. Laurence King Publications 2008
Jewellery Design. DAAB, 2008
Jewellery from Natural Materials. Beth Legg. A & C Black, 2008
The Enamel Experience. Elizabeth Turrell, Impact Press 2007
Process Works. Site Projects 2007
The Earring Book. Yvonne Kulagowski. A & C Black. London 2007
New Directions in Jewellery 2. Lin Cheung, Beccy Clarke & Indigo Clarke. Black Dog Publishing 2006
100% Proof. Flow Gallery & Dorothy Hogg, Flow 2005
1000 Rings. Martha Le Van & Robert. Ebendorf. Lark Books 2004
Jewelery Design. The Artisan’s Reference. Elizabeth Olver. Quarto Publishing 2000.
Jewellery Moves. Amanda Game & Elizabeth Goring NMS Publishing 1998
Design Sourcebook: Jewellery. David Watkins. New Holland Publishers London 1999.
Schmuck ’97 catalogue. Peter Nickl. Bayerischer Handwerkstag e.V. 1997
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