Helen Britton’s work is fun, colourful, and beautiful – the main thing my eye seems to really like about and look for in contemporary jewellery design.
I love ^this piece^ – it’s sweet and so enjoyable to look at. The hardness of the materials used (plastic, silver steel, glass) and the softness of the hues of pink and red she’s put together play incredibly well together.
This piece is also a firm favourite – so fun… And look at those tiny gold seahorses encased in the green block!:
While I did try to find out using Google image search, I’m not sure exactly what kind of piece this next one is… I found it on Pinterest (pinned originally from Megan Auman’s blogspot), and I bloody love neon yellow, so had to include it in this post, natch:
Here’s a bit of insight into her work from none other than Helen Britton herself, taken from Klimt02.net:
“I see in these components all the effort, humour, joy and failure of our existence. They seek out in the most unpretentious way everything that has driven our species since time immemorial, right back down to plastic versions of shells so very similar to those found in the Blombos cave, strung together 70 thousand years ago.
“All this trailing baggage of history and theory, I leave at the door of my studio. It clutters. The concept has been long since internalized. The components will continue to tell their stories anyway, so for me they then become raw materials that challenge and stretch my powers of creation. The work in the studio is a process of direct, intuitive, integration and construction, an open-ended experiment. I am not trying to dictate what the work will then say. I am conscious of what I have chosen to incorporate, but am completely immersed in my own process of reinvention and creation that lies well outside the limited boundaries of verbalization.”
1999 – Completed a Master of Fine Arts by research at Curtin University, Western Australia. This included guest studies at:
- The Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
- Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam
- San Diego State University, California.
1999 – Began a postgraduate study project at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, with Professor Otto Künzli. 2002 – Established her workshop in Munich with David Bielander and Yutaca Minegishi. Among other places, Helen’s work is held in:
- The National gallery of Australia, Canberra
- The Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
- The Schmuck Museum, Pforzheim
- The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
2005 – Awarded the Herbert Hofmann prize for excellence in contemporary jewellery.
2006 – Awarded the state prize of Bavaria for craftsmanship.
2007 – Artist in residence in the city of Erfurt, Germany
2008 – Invited into Exempla at the International Craft fair, Munich.
2009 – Invited to have a solo exhibition to coincide with the International Craft Fair in Munich by the Bavarian Crafts Council (Bayerischer Kunstgewerbe-Verein, or BKV).
2011 – A new catalogue of Britton’s work was launched by Helen Drutt-English [I’ve scoured the net for it so that I could provide a link, but no joy]
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