Eileen Gatt

Eileen Gatt

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

Eileen Gatt is a Scottish design brand, specialising in luxury handmade jewellery and silverware. Eileen draws inspiration from the Polar wilderness and Inuit culture, Scottish folklore, and the small fishing communities found along Scotland’s East Coast. Inspired by generations past, to be cherished by generations to come. Eileen's jewellery has a strong narrative element, with many of the designs allowing for customisation, tailoring each story to the wearer. Eileen's silverware tells individual stories, and each piece has subtle icy finish, echoing the cold wintry landscapes that influence her work. All of Eileen's jewellery and silverware is handmade, and bear the iconic Edinburgh Castle hallmark.

Specialist Techniques:

Carving Model Making Photo Etching

Awards:

2015 | Creative Traineeship grant – Awarded by Creative Scotland 2014 | Graduate employment grant – Awarded by Highlands & Islands Enterprise, & Highland Council 2014 | ‘Go and See’ New York Now Research Trip – Awarded by Craft Scotland 2014 | Innovation Award – Awarded by Highlands & Islands Enterprise 2012 | Leadership Grant Award – Awarded by Highlands & Islands Enterprise 2007 | Creative Development Award – Awarded by the Scottish Arts Council 2004 | Finalist – BBC Worldwide Talent Around Britain Awards, Sponsored by BBC Homes & Antiques, John Lewis & The Crafts Council 2002 | The Worshipful Company of Goldsmith’s Bursary 2002 | The Worshipful Company of Goldsmith’s Free Stand Award 2002 | Finalist – Design for Scandinavia Award, Trade Partners UK 2001 | Finalist – George Little Management International Market Award 2000 | Business Development Award for participation in Chelsea Crafts Fair – Awarded by the Scottish Arts Council 1999 | Start Up Grant – Awarded by the Scottish Arts Council 1997 | RTZ (cra) Travel scholarship – Awarded by RTZ to study Inuit Art in Alaska 1996 | The National Trust Founders Medal Prize, in association with the Royal Mint – Awarded by the Robertson Charitable Trust 1994 | The Angela Bradshaw Design School prize for excellence – Awarded by Dundee University

Education:

1999-2011 | 0.5 Lecturer – Batchelor of Design Honours Degree course in Jewellery & Metal Design, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee University. 1999-2001 | Lecturer – BA Honours Degree in 3D DesignGray’s School of Art, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen. 1998-1999 | 0.2 Lecturer – BA Honours Degree in 3D Design. Kent Institute of Art & Design, Canterbury, Kent. 1997 -1999 | 0.5 Lecturer / Course co-ordinator (HNC level) Richmond College, Twickenham, Surrey. 1995-1997 | MA (RCA) Masters Degree (Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery) The Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London. 1990-1994 | BDes Hons (1st Class Honour’s Degree in Jewellery & Metalwork) Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Perth road, Dundee.

Public Collections:

The Royal College of Art Collection.

Exhibitions:

2016 | Scotlands Trade Fair, Glasgow 2016 | Craft, London 2001 – 2015 | Goldsmiths’ Fair, London 2015 | Selected – Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh 2015 | Handmade in Britain 15 – Chelsea Town Hall, London 2015 | Elements – Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh 2015 | Art in Action – Waterperry, Oxon 2014 | Feast of Silver, Fortnum & Mason 2010 | Making Progress – Inverness Art Gallery 2009 | At the Table, Part II: Blackwell – The Arts and Crafts House, Cumbria, England 2008 | Masters and Protégés – Kyoto, Japan 2007 | Analach – The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, Scotland 2007 | Highland Fringe Exhibition – Castle Gallery, Inverness 2006 | Tartan Week – New York, USA 2005 | Maker Wearer Viewer – Glasgow School of Art, The Scottish Gallery and Gallerie Marzee, Belgium 2004 | Chess – Thomas Mann 1/0 Gallery, New Orleans, USA 2004 | The Crafts Council Shop, The V&A, London, England 2004 | Ruthin Craft Centre, Denbighshire, Wales 2004 | Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, USA 2004 | Vennel Gallery, Irvine, Scotland 2004 | Evoke – Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland 2003 | Group Exhibition – The V & A, London, England 2002 | Solo exhibition -The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland 2002 | Solo exhibition – JAM, Eaton, England 2001 | Home Sweet Home – Gallery Tactus, Copenhagen, Denmark 2001 | Verleidelijke – Contemporary Art Centre, Holland 2001 | Inhorgenta – Munich, Germany 1998 | The Orlando Merchandise Show – Florida, USA 1998 | Jewellery Moves – The National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland 1996 | Obverse/Reverse – in association with the Royal Mint, England 1996 | RTZ (cra) Prize Winners Exhibition, The Royal Academy of Art, London, England 1995 | British Festival of New Contemporaries – Tapei City, Taiwan

Publications:

BBC Homes and Antiques Magazine Maker Weaver Viewer Homes and Interiors Scotland Jewellery Moves


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