Shelby Fitzpatrick

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

I design and make jewellery and smallwork, using precious metals to fabricate and construct one-off pieces as well as producing hand-worked multiples and small production. Work is sold through galleries and privately or by commission. Special pieces have been created around concepts of 'Music and Movement' and on 'Reflections' and 'Illusions'. A series of design-led double rings emphasises comfort and simplicity. RINGS TO REMEMBER and RINGS TO ENGAGE led to EDIBLE/SOCIABLE rings, which are part of a continuing curiosity to explore ways of interacting with jewellery. They have a vitality that allures and intrigues, then entertains and invites participation. My work explores jewellery as sculpture and ornament. Using innovative mechanisms or fittings or shapes, with changeable units, occasionally with internal musical elements, this bold work often involves options for the wearer/observer, sometimes through its multiple-functions. Pendants become rings. Necklaces can be worn in several different ways. Rethinking rings as non-circular, double, or chiming, they appear to float on the hand, have colour changes, or double terminals. Precious metal is photo-etched, fused, inlaid, spun and constructed, with silversmithing techniques adding extra dimension and form.

Awards:

2009
PEWTER LIVE finalist, Pewterer’s Hall, London

2005
Choengju International Craft Biennali

2004
Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards, Fashion Jewellery Finished Pieces

1997
Goldsmiths' Craftsmanship & Design Awards, Silversmiths Senior
Goldsmiths' Craftsmanship & Design Awards, Designer Finished Pieces

1996
Goldsmiths' Craftsmanship & Design Awards, Platinum Prize

1995
Carol Henderson AKKMK Bursary for Silversmithing and Jewellery
Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Precious Metal Bursary

1992-93
Gold in Action, World Gold Council
Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Precious Metal Bursary
Platinum Advisory Board and Ayrton Metals, Platinum Prize
Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Norman Butler Award
Goldsmiths' Craftsmanship & Design Awards, Smallworkers
Goldsmiths' Craftsmanship & Design Awards, Platinum Prize

1991
Goldsmiths' Craftsmanship & Design Awards, Prototype Fine Jewellery

Education:

1996 Higher National Diploma in Jewellery, Kent Institute of Art & Design; 1993 Higher National Diploma in Silversmithing, Kent Institute of Art & Design; 1984 BA Tulane University

Public Collections:

SOUTHEAST ARTS
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND

Publications:

SHOWCASE 500 RINGS, Lark Books, 2012
DIAMOND JUBILEE, ACJ exhibition, 2012
30 MINUTE RINGS, Lark Books, 2011
THE NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JEWELLERY MAKING TECHNIQUES, Jinks McGrath, 2010
THE WORKBENCH GUIDE TO JEWELRY TECHNIQUES, Anastasia Young, 2010
JEWELLERY USING TEXTILE TECHNIQUES, Sarah Keay, 2009
500 PLASTIC JEWELRY DESIGNS, Lark Books, 2009
MIXED MEDIA JEWELLERY, Joanne Haywood, 2009
PLASTIC & RESIN JEWELRY, Lark Books, 2008
JEWELLERS The Directory, ACJ, 2007
500 WEDDING RINGS, Lark Books, 2007
JEWELLERY MAKING A Complete Course for Beginners, Jinks McGrath, 2007
THE RINGS BOOK, Jinks McGrath, 2007
THE SILK ROAD, Ars Ornata Europeana, 2007
THE JEWELLER'S DIRECTORY OF DECORATIVE FINISHES, Jinks McGrath, 2005
JEWELLERY UNLIMITED, ACJ, 2004
THE RINGS BOOK, Jinks McGrath, 2002
FUSION, Designer Jewellers Group, 2002
THE ART OF JEWELLERY DESIGN, Liz Olver, 2001
DESIGNING AND MAKING JEWELLERY, Sarah Macrae, 2001


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