Karen Bartlett

Dynamics and perceptions of materials alter when used in an unfamiliar context, or as a visual metaphor for an underlying thought or theme. The qualities that certain materials possess capture attention on both an aesthetic and sensory level. This is reflected in the pieces that I create, which are typically small scale wire structures that incorporate materials such as: silver,copper,plastics,silicone, rubber bands, flocking and gemstones.
Other works take their cue from the human body and mimic bodily parts such as the skin-These objects are ambiguous by nature and their intention is to invite question and comment  from the viewer.

MA in Jewellery, Silversmithing & Related Products. (Distinction) Birmingham School of Jewellery, UK
19891991 HND Jewellery & Silversmithing (Distinction) Plymouth College of Art & Design 
1987-1989 BTEC ND Design Crafts (Merit) Epsom School of Art & Design, Surrey, UK        

2006 Birmingham Assay Office, Bursary Award     

Group Exhibitions
PARADIGMA- SOJ Birmingham Uk & Barcelona,
2009 48 Weeks Later- Studio Gabi Green, Munich, Germany  
2009 Inhorgenta, BSOJ Showcase, Munich, Germany                                                                    
2008 Flux Brilliantly Birmingham, UK 
2008 Sustainable Style- Victoria Sewart Contemporary Jewellery, Plymouth                             
2008 Thereza Bra Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal 
2008 48 Weeks Later, MA Group Exhibition, Birmingham School of Jewellery, UK
2008 Life C (h) ordes Siam Qui We are here,Le Pagliere di Porta, Romana, Florence        




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