My work aims to provoke thought and discussion about social and political issues.
I am a designer-maker, working predominantly with precious metal and found materials to make narrative jewellery. The pieces are small and precise with an attention to detail and stand alone as objects when not being worn.
I see jewellery as the perfect medium for conveying messages. Like a walking billboard it gets taken into many different social situations. The resulting dialogue between the maker, wearer and viewer is important to me.
The challenges posed by materials and the processes are what drive me, whilst the enjoyment is in engaging and developing my knowledge.
The extensive possibilities for joining, forming and marking are the qualities that draw me to metal as a medium.
I am able to work to commission, liaising with the customer to develop a unique piece that meets their requirements.
BA Hons Applied Arts 1st Class Coventry University 2010
BSc Hons Engineering 2:1 Coventry University 1998
BTEC HND Automotive Engineering Coventry University 1992
Visiting Artist The Public, West Bromwich 2009 – Present
Joint winner of The Camping & Caravan Club Competition 2009
The winning artwork is installed at The Camping & Caravan Club, Greenfields House, Westwood Way, Coventry.
Coventry University Achievement Scholarship 2008
Coventry University Achievement Scholarship 2009
Coventry University Achievement Scholarship 2010
Student Placement for Entrepreneurs in Education (SPEED WM) 2010
New Designers Part 1 Business Design Centre, London N1 0QH July 2010
Bespoke 2010 Coventry University June 2010
Verve Our White Room Gallery, Rugby, Warwickshire April 2010
Currently only available via online enquiries
Society of Designer Craftsmen - Merit Licentiate
Crafts No 224 May/June 2010 pg 73
Coventry International Prize for Peace & Reconciliation November 2010
- Designed and made award
© Rachel Sutton 2010