Shimara Carlow

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

Designs Gallery 179 King Street Castle Douglas Scotland

Biography:

Shimara Carlow was born in a remote coastal area in West Cork, Southern Ireland in 1979, a childhood fascination for collecting shells, stones, mermaid’s purses, feathers and seed pods found along the sea shore has been the inspiration for her work. Shimara completed a degree in Silversmithing and Jewellery in 2001, at the Glasgow School of Art, and went on to a 2 year residency at Bishopsland Workshops in South Oxfordshire. In 2004 Shimara moved to London where she set up her own business and workshop, and in 2008 she re located to Melbourne Australia, where she now has a beautiful garden studio, allowing her to look after her young family and continue to create her jewellery and silverware. Shimara’s work has been inspired by natural forms, primarily seed pods. She uses silver, 18ct gold, gum nuts and a dazzling array of precious stones to create her tactile jewellery. Collections include “Acorn cup cluster”, clusters of individual acorn cup units assembled to hang in long articulated chains which adorn the body, and “Honesty”, whitened and reticulated silver ovals, which resemble honesty leaves, constructed in to long articulated neckpieces and bracelets. “Wrap”, inspired by birds nests and natural structures, “Acorn cup”, first designed while studying at The Glasgow School of Art and “Gum Nut”, which is inspired by Australia, and collected and sketched gum nuts from the Adelaide arboretum. While keeping her organic style, Shimara has created a simple yet unique collection of precious rings, including a range of wedding and engagement rings, some incorporating elements of her stacking rings, all combining subtle texture with a variety of stones in rich beautiful colours, particularly grey’s, blues and greens. Shimara’s silversmithing range is also based on pod structures; She creates small and large pod vessels, bowls, vases and tableware. Using fine silver and 24ct gold to create these pieces, which are all hand raised, form flat sheets of metal. Hammers and mallets are then used to add surface texture and decoration to the pieces. The vessels are constructed to be free standing and off centre, giving them a fluid natural quality. All pieces are hand made and unique, Shimara has a number of Stockist both in Australia and Europe, and she also works to commission, and will design and create an individual piece of jewellery or silverware just for you. Please contact Shimara to make an appointment or discuss a commission

Specialist Techniques:

Hand Raising Reticulation Wire Construction

Awards:

2004 18ct Gold Dome Neckpiece – Private CommissionPair Of Hand Raised Fine Silver Round Pod Vessels, Private Collection2003 Pair Of Hand Raised Fine Silver Pod Vessels, Private Collection2001 Silver Hinged Box, Friends Of Glasgow School Of Art, Public Collection

Education:

2002 – 2004 Two Year Residency At Bishopsland Workshops,Oxfordshire 1997 - 2001 BA Hons Design, Silversmithing And Jewellery, Glasgow 1996 - 1997 HNC, Art And Design , George Street School Of Art, Dumfries

Public Collections:

2001 Friends of Glasgow School of Art

Exhibitions:

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: 2018 Choice, ACJ Members Exhibition, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Bishopsland Educational Trust, Oxon 2015 - 2018 Wedding Showcase, Tomfoolery, London 2017 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Project Space, Sydney Sparkle, Ihnen Atelier, Sydney 2005 - 2017 December Collection – Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow 2016 Choice, ACJ, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham 2010 - 2016 Ring Leaders, Pyramid Gallery, York 2014 30 Years in the Making, Lesley Craze Gallery, London Spoons, Belton House, Lincolnshire Victory, Pieces of Eight, Melbourne, Australia Danske Solvsmede, Koldighus Museum, Denmark 2013 Dining for Silver, Christies, London Artisans in the Gardens, Sydney, Australia 2011 – 2012 Artspace, Barn Galleries, Henley – on Thames 2011 Christmas Collection, Beaver Galleries, Canberra Pieces of Fate, Pieces of Eight, Melbourne 2010 Wrapped, Studio 2017, Sydney Jewellery in Bloom, Platform Gallery, London To Have and to Hold, Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire British Silver Week, Hamilton and Inches, Edinburgh 2006 - 2009 Origin - The London Craft Fair, Somerset House, London 2009 British Silver Week - David Fowkes Gallery Bishopsland Exhibition - The Victoria and Albert Museum, London Side x Side, Edge to Edge, Hame Castle, Finland Collect - The Saatchi Gallery, London Cut Fold Stitch, Aaron Faber Gallery, New York 2008 At Table - Blackwell, the arts and crafts house, Cumbria 2007 - 2008 Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxon 2006 - 2008 Dazzle - Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh 2008 British Silver Week – Lesley Craze Gallery, London 2004 - 2008 Collect - The Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2004 - 2007 Goldsmiths' Fair, Goldsmiths' Hall, London Rising Stars - Goldsmiths' Hall, London 2006 Gifted - National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh 2005 - 2006 Dazzle - National Theatre, London Scottish Signature - Beeld en Aambeeld, Enschede, Holland Emerging Talent – Lesley Craze Gallery, London 2005 Chelsea Craft Fair - Chelsea Town Hall, London International Arts and Crafts – The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Publications:

2010 Vogue Living Australia, Silver Lining, Jul/Aug 2010 2007 BBC Home and Antiques, Born to Shine, Dec 2007 2006 Elle Decoration, Precious Metals, Issue 170 Elle Decoration, Egg Shapes, Issue 161 2005 Country Home and Interiors 2005 Shimmering Talent, Nov 05 Homes and Interiors Scotland 2004 World leaders, Issue 42 2004 J-dex Magazine A Sand Hurst for Silversmiths, Sep 04


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    oval green tourmaline ring (1)

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    grey spinel engagement rings

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    cusion cut grey spinel and diamond ring (1)

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    cusion cut grey spinel and diamond ring

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    Grey diamond engagement ring stack

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    Champagne diamond engagement ring stack (1)

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    Champagne diamond engagement ring stack

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    silver spring leaf studs with diamonds (1)

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    silver spring leaf studs with diamonds

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    silver stack with sapphire and diamonds

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    18ct gold engagement ring (1)

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    18ct gold engagement ring

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    18ct gold eternity rings

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    wrap rings

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    gold + silver wrap pendants with diamonds

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    acorn cup cluster neckpiece

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    acorn cup cluster bracelet

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    gum nut bracelet

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    sm silver wrap bangle

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    silver wrap bangle

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    gold and silver wrap earrings

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    md acorn cup cluster neckpiece

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    Silver and 18ct gold 3 gum nut rings with diamonds

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    Wedding and Engagement Ring

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    3 acorn cup rings with diamonds

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    18ct gold wrap ring with diamonds

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    5 Acorn cup Rings (2)

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    5 Acorn cup Rings (1)

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    5 Acorn cup Rings

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    large honesty neckpiece

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    Silver Mistletoe Decoration

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    Pair of tall tumblers

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    Medium Honesty neckpiece

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    Pebble vessel

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    Large Pod vessel (1)

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    Large pod vessel

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    Small bowl

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    Fruit Dish

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    Fruit Bowl

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    Pod shot and tall shot

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    3 Wrap Rings

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    Silver and paper dome choker

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