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Joanna Hemsley

MA work

reflex [n] an immediate involuntary response


Jewellery exists both on and off the body. ‘Reflex’ focuses on the journey between these two states and injects surprise into the moment a piece is lifted to be worn.


My work explores the potential that mechanisms have to animate objects by imparting motion where it is not expected and by bringing playfulness and life to conventionally static jewellery forms.


I aim to create an unexpected moment of delight for the wearer or simply put a smile on their face.


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery, 2012

  • reflex [n] an immediate involuntary response


    Jewellery exists both on and off the body. ‘Reflex’ focuses on the journey between these two states and injects surprise into the moment a piece is lifted to be worn.


    My work explores the potential that mechanisms have to animate objects by imparting motion where it is not expected and by bringing playfulness and life to conventionally static jewellery forms.


    I aim to create an unexpected moment of delight for the wearer or simply put a smile on their face.


  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons), 3D Design, Robert Gordon University, 2009; Foundation, Art and Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, 2006
  • Experience

  • Trophy designer, Thomas Lyte Silver, London, 2010–12; Silver trophy restoration, Royal Singapore Yacht Club, Singapore, 2010; Jewellery designer, Arialis, Singapore, 2009
  • Exhibitions

  • Effe Kijke: Let’s Have a Look IV: Give and Take, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Netherlands, 2011; Winter Contemporary Textiles, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey, 2011; Yorkshire Sculpture Park Showcase, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, 2010; Designer Crafts at the Mall, Mall Galleries, London, 2010
  • Awards

  • Distinction, Licentiate, Society of Designer Craftsmen, 2010; Prize, Caram Trust Award, Robert Gordon University, 2008