Shimara Carlow

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

Designs Gallery 179 King Street Castle Douglas Scotland

Biography:

Born in a remote coastal area in West Cork, Southern Ireland in 1979, a childhood fascination for collecting shells, stones, mermaids' purses, feathers and pods found along the sea shore has been the inspiration for my work. While studying at Glasgow School of Art, I experimented with handmade paper and silver as mediums for creating large sculptural pieces of jewellery and smaller silversmithing pieces. My work has always been very tactile and organic and the use of paper enhances this tactility and also brings a light translucent quality to the pieces. I began a residency at Bishopsland Workshops in South Oxfordshire in 2002, where I spent two years. While creating work for the ‘Silver Sparks’ Exhibition at Somerset House, in 2003, I had the opportunity to experiment with larger scale silversmithing. My silversmithing range is all based on pod vessels; I create small and large pod vessels, bowls, carafes and tableware. I use fine silver and 24ct gold to create these pieces, which are all hand raised, form flat sheets of metal. I use hammers and mallets to add surface texture and decoration to the pieces, and acid to take the silver surface back to its natural white state. The vessels are constructed to be free standing and off centre, giving them a fluid natural quality. I have created silk paper models that are viewed and exhibited alongside their silver counterparts. While at Bishopsland I also created a range of silver and 18ct gold jewellery. My jewellery has been inspired by natural forms, primarily seedpods and I have created a body of work based on pod like structures. I use silver, 18ct gold and silk paper to create my jewellery, which is constructed from individual acorn cup and daisy units assembled to create both large and small scale pieces of jewellery. The cups are assembled to hang in long articulated chains or set in to intricate wire structures that adorn the body. Following a recent trip to Australia, I have created new ranges of both silversmithing and jewellery inspired by my visit. These include "gum nut"; clusters of small pod and leaf vessels using 18ct gold, fine silver, oxidised silver and gold plate. My new jewellery collection includes "gum nut", neckpieces, rings and earrings constructed from both silver and real gum nuts; "picture", a selection of pendants and brooches using wrapped wire and small acorn cups assembled in a silver frame; "honesty", whitened and reticulated silver ovals, which resemble honesty leaves, constructed in to long articulated neckpieces and bracelets. I have also developed both my silver and my 18ct gold "wrap rings" to include precious stones such as diamonds, pink sapphire, aquamarine and pink and green tourmaline. I currently have a studio in London where I work and sell my jewellery and silversmithing pieces both nationally and internationally through a selection of galleries, shops, fairs and to 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:

2015 Wedding Showcase, Tomfoolery, London 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 2005 - 2014 December Collection – Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow 2013 Dining for Silver, Christies, London Artisans in the Gardens, Sydney, Australia 2010 - 2014 Ring Leaders, Pyramid Gallery, York 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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    wrap rings

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    acorn cup wrap studs

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    18ct gold daisy studs

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    gum nut studs

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    gum nut earrings

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    large gum nut pendants

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    Gum nut pendants

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    gold + silver wrap pendant with diamonds

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    gold + silver wrap pendants with diamonds

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    medium honesty neckpiece with 18ct gold

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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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    18ct gold 3 gum nut rings with pink sapphire

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    Wedding and Engagement Ring

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    3 gum nut rings with diamonds

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    18ct gold wrap ring with diamonds (1)

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    3 gum nut rings with aqua marine

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    3 acorn cup rings with aqua marine

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    3 acorn cup rings with diamonds

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    small 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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    Pair Of Tulip 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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    Gum Nut Rings

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    3 Wrap Rings

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    Silver and Gold wrap rings

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    18ct gold Honesty Neckpiece

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    Silver and paper dome choker

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    Acorn Cup Wrap Ring and Wrap Ring

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    Silver and Paper Dome bangle

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