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Kate Varner Rieppel

MA work

As an American living in England I inhabit multiple places in the physical that exist as one in my consciousness.  This 'third space' or heterotopian environment that I have created for myself is alive with colours, patterns and textures.  I am inspired by the rugged coastlines of Britain and the vivid imagery that occurs in these natural landscapes.  They are foreign to me but at the same time intrinsically familiar and comforting.

Capturing these moments through photography has inspired me to experiment with materials and processes that have led to the creation of wearable jewellery pieces, textiles and objects for interiors.

My surface designs inhabit my ‘third space’ and seamlessly blend from one medium to the next, and emerge in surprising ways to create two and three dimensional objects.

Info

  • KATE VARNER RIEPPEL
  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery, 2014

    Specialism

    Jewellery

  • As an American living in England I inhabit multiple places in the physical that exist as one in my consciousness.  This 'third space' or heterotopian environment that I have created for myself is alive with colours, patterns and textures.  I am inspired by the rugged coastlines of Britain and the vivid imagery that occurs in these natural landscapes.  They are foreign to me but at the same time intrinsically familiar and comforting.

    Capturing these moments through photography has inspired me to experiment with materials and processes that have led to the creation of wearable jewellery pieces, textiles and objects for interiors.

    My surface designs inhabit my ‘third space’ and seamlessly blend from one medium to the next, and emerge in surprising ways to create two- and three-dimensional objects.

  • Degrees

  • MSc Contemporary Urbanism, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2008; BA Social Anthropology, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA, 2006
  • Experience

  • Jewellery-studio technician, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC, 2011–2012; Design consultant, Skynear Designs, Washington, DC, 2011–2012; Editorial intern, Art Review, London, 2010; Exhibitions assistant, Theatre and Performance Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2009; Events project assistant, Tomorrow's Company, London, 2008–2009; Curatorial assistant, The Kent State University Museum, Kent, Ohio 2007–2008; Research assistant, The Color Association of the United States, New York City, 2006–2007
  • Exhibitions

  • Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; SPA Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London, 2013; FOLDED, Imperial College, Centre for Co-Curricular Studies Gallery, London, 2013; In Reverse, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, UK, 2013; Effe Kijken 5/ Let’s Have a Look V: The Bigger Picture ,Gallery Marzee, Njimegen, The Netherlands, 2013; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK 2013; METAL!, Gallery 4123, Washington, DC, USA, 2012; Student Show, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC, USA, 2012; Group exhibition, Poppy Gallery, Washington, DC, USA, 2011