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  • Alaina Kerrylainakerry@hotmail .co.uk07958111594

    Alaina Kerrys work is exploring the use of shape, form and colour. Within her work she is approaching how these elements of design can work in harmony with each other. Acrylic laser cut shapes are repeated on a graduating scale and specific pieces are manipulated by a heat form. The repetition of shapes are the creation of these forms and each component is dyed so a variety of colours are used. Colour is considered as a main design element within Alainas work and she controls this through the process of dying.

  • Alice McLeans work is focused around the theme of journeys, from the mun-dane to the extraordinary. She is inspired by finding various ways of construct-ing wearable contraptions/jewellery that document journeys through the inter-action with the wearer. The interaction between the wearer and the jewellery piece is important to her as it ensures a connection between the two that may be positive or negative, hopefully provoking thought and conversation.

    Alice McLean uses everyday media such as ink or sand and combines it with precious silver and glass.

    Alice .com07815474452

  • Imprint of the Unsaid

    The moment before you fall, that moment of contemplation and beauty....What happens when you land, what imprint do you leave, do you ever land at all?

    Amiees work explores lifes thresholds, exploring the moments of clarity and awareness that we feel in moments of change. With these pieces of work, Amiee engages the audience with the evoking emotions of the fragility of life and death; her work reveals liminal space, and the imprints that are often left unsaid.

    This series of sculptures are intended to hold their own presence, whilst creat-ing a captivating yet gentle relationship with the viewer.


  • Inspired by the bust of Nefertiti, Queen of Egypt between 1370 and 1330. Fea-tured in the Royal Cornwall Museum.

    BCE, Ana investigated the lower classes that supported life in Egypt.She was inspired to create this anklet to represent the hardship andsuffering that the lower classes such as the slaves would have endured.It will serve as a reminder to its wearer of the existence of theseforgotten underprivileged classes.

    Ana Santosrmsantos.ana@gmail .com07780916749

  • Anna Kaya nee Smartwww.annakaya.comanna.kaya@rocketmail .com07889258882

    Anna creates sculptures that present her response to particular urban settings. In this series, she documented the A390 motorway, between Threemilestone and Truro. Focussing on themes of urban erosion and traces of human behaviour, Annas pieces present themselves as characters, having been formed by their indi-vidual histories.

  • Corinne Scurrcozzieanne@googlemail .com07588708091

    Corinnes work has grown from conceptual ideas about the human mind and how the emotional workings of it may be expressed in art. Her interest in realising the physical form of an emotion, combined with repetitive shapes has enabled her pieces to develop into abstract artworks that can be enjoyed with or without concept.

  • Emma

    Emma Davies has created an intriguing collection of chairs, in which she has interpreted the seven deadly sins, Greed, Lust, Gluttony, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride. Inspired by the Darwinism theories and other belief systems she has used found chairs that to her, symbolize each sin, where each chair takes on a trait that enhances its true character.

  • Heather Eatonhevs1804@hotmail .co.uk07757603897

    God hath given you one face and you make yourselves another.Hamlet, 3.1

    Without realising it, we all use and understand the language of the face. It is what we primarily base our judgment of a persons character on.The aims of these pieces were to take away the original identity of a persons face so as to explore the many other characteristics and personalities the individual may have. The artist has used various coloured acrylic to create and enhance these different layers of the face.

  • Holly Smithwww.hollysmithdesigns.comhollysmith@hollysmithdesigns.com07900607287

    Holly Smiths jewellery holds a strong message with each piece high-lighting a particular issue. Holly intends her work to be utilized by the wearer in order to translate these messages to others. Her jewellery speaks to people, bringing awareness of the subject it explores.

    Holly creates pieces which encourage the interaction between jewel-lery and its owner, including removable, usable elements within the jewellery. Through working in a variety of materials, the tactile combination of which is carefully considered, Holly ensures the physical quality of each material compliments the next.

    Hollys Hunted collection gives an insight into the creatures humans hunt. The collection is an A-Z designed to capture the imagination through its interactive elements and facts presented in a combination of ways.

  • Janie Tonkinwww.janietonkin.cominfo@janietonkin.com07852165628

    Janie Tonkins work comprises of thrown, altered and embellished porcelain. The objects are sculptural and intriguing, successfully combining contrasts of surface texture with form. One may feel repelled by the objects or conversely attracted to them. The curiosity of experiencing discomfort and desire to touch will temporarily satisfy providing an instantaneous sense of pleasure. Por-celain promotes fragility, yet when used in unconventionally harsh ways, the material becomes definite and stubborn. By creating a form that yearns to be cradled but is thick with an uninviting layer of sharp spines, the desire to feel becomes playfully denied. It is the appropriately combined surface and form that intentionally distort ones instinct to touch.

  • Jennifer Brophyj_brophy@hotmail

    Jenny Brophy has created a forest of bells out of ceramics in a series of sizes. This interactive piece, is inspired by the Japanese Zen garden and Buddhist tradition.

    She hopes that the viewer takes time out to walk through the forest, and feel the calm and tranquil benefits it provides, creating a sense of well-being.

  • Jessica

    Growing up in Birmingham, Jessica is familiar with the large housing estates that inhabit the cities suburbs. The repetitive nature of this landscape is an aesthetic that she has translated into her work through duplicating the form of a home. Jessica depicts the home environment as an isolated unit where its shell can conceal many secrets and narratives from the community that sur-rounds it. The forms are influenced by the glamour of 1950s domesticity. They are composed of mixed materials where the glossy ceramics juxtapose the ugli-ness of standard architectural materials such as concrete, plaster and wood.

  • Joseph Seymourjoeseymour1234@hotmail .com07772678258

    Joes current work draws inspiration from ancient cultural art and the ideas behind what make up the fantasies and visions of the post modern world. Through a detailed analysis of form, function and texture, he combines ele-ments from both eras to create visually stimulating, timeless pieces.

  • Katherine .com 07515091493

    Kat Durrant has always been fascinated by found objects and papers, speculat-ing over their previous lives and the lives of their previous owners. Ideas of memory, Human connection and sentimentality have been echoed throughout all of Kats work, accompanied by a curiosity for modern day domestic situa-tions Kat looks into the significant question of to what extent do our experi-ences in life to date form our personal identity? Utilizing a naturally illustrative style, Kat goes on to create a series of books and accompanying items that depict a mixture of her own memories and fabri-cated stories surrounding the found objects which have been incorporated.

  • Kate Townsend kate_t36@hotmail .com

    Kate Townsend focuses her work on utilising new technologies to create nar-rative scenes, which draw on influences that include fairytales, myths, and fables. Using laser cutting as a main method, Kate Townsend cuts out small intricate patterns to create larger structures. Colour is an important aspect to these designs, bringing life to the objects; these objects will then in hand create shadows, which will tell a specific story. Text and imagery will be incorporated into these shadows so the narrative of the fairy tale is clear to the reader. Kates work represents the imagination; it is like a book coming to life in front of you.

  • Katie

    Katie Hadley uses glass as her canvas. Using various media such as acrylic paint, spray paint and markers Katie translates elements of her personality onto layered sheet glass. She seeks inspiration from past art movements, popu-lar culture and nostalgia to create busy glass structures.

  • Lisa Batemaker.LAB@googlemail .com07707079898

    My inspiration comes from science, machine and what we think of as natural in todays world. I take elements from microscopic life forms, the complex geo-metric shapes found in underground geology, and the man made mechanically engineered world. My inventions of hybrid creatures can move, are magnetic and inter-changeable, which gives these sculptures a life of theirown.

    I find it challenging as a designer maker, and find the process for my intricatedesigns are solved in a lost wax casting technique, this enables me to createrepeated forms in kiln formed glass, and investment casting using a variety ofmetals. These sculptures hold a sense of tension - which is shown in thecombi