Jenny Deans

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

My work explores the relationship between the wearer and the jewellery, especially people's love of playing with jewellery. This has led me to develop movable pieces which have fluidity and movement inherent in the form, and which encourage interaction with the wearer.

I am fascinated by structure and geometry, exploring the effects of rhythm and repetition. Ideas are developed into three-dimensional forms which explore the volume and transparency of structures.

The inspiration for my work comes from nature, architecture and sculpture. I try to create sculptural forms which can be worn on the body. These wearable pieces of sculpture are created from 18ct Gold and Sterling Silver wire which is made into pieces requiring up to 1000 hand-crafted units using 28 meters of wire to create the form of the necklace.

Specialist Techniques:

Construction
Drilling
Hammering
Riveting
Shaping
Soldering
Threading of Units

Awards:

2009 High Commended - Collections  New Designer of the Year
2007 The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust Travel Grant
2004 Scottish Arts Council Travel Grant
2003 Scottish Arts Council Start up Grant
2002 Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council Awards (Silver Award - Jewellers Platinum)
2002 Edinburgh Assay Office Gold Bursary

Education:

2004 Artist in Residence, Edinburgh College of Art
2002 Edinburgh College of Art BA (hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing - 1st Class

Training/Apprenticeship:

2004 Crafts Council Professional Development Forum
2003 Goldsmiths' Getting Started Course

Public Collections:

Tatiana Faberge
Elizabeth Salvison
Tuan Lee
Lord Burt
Alan Firth

Publications:

- Design Arts Magazine, (May/June 2008)
- i-on Edinburgh Magazine, (November 2007)
- 100% Proof, Exhibition Catalogue, (Sept 2005)
- Edinburgh Comes to Clerkenwell, Exhibition Catalogue, (April 2005)
- Visual Arts Scotland, Annual Exhibition Catalogue, (Dec 2003)
- The Crack Magazine, (Sept 2003)
- South Tyneside Gazette, (Sept 2003)
- Newcastle Evening Chronicle, (Aug 2003)
- North Durham and Tyneside News, (July 2003)
- Edinburgh College of Art Calendar (2003)


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    Double Curve Earrings

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    Double Continuous Curve Neckpiece

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    Daisy Brooch

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    Fidgets Group

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    Daisy Group

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    Right Angle Group

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    Curve Group

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    Graduated Curve Pendant and Bracelet

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    Undulating Bracelet

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    3v1 Wrap Necklace

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