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Lorraine Gibby

My working process begins with an observation of form and colour, usually taken from our natural surroundings. It may begin with anything from a tiny part of a plant, to a wide landscape, but whatever the point of inspiration, I usually see it in my imagination as the basis of a pattern.

My canvas is anodized aluminium sheet, which has a micro-porous surface. My palette is mixed using proprietary inks and dyes, formulated for use with the aluminium. Using a variety of printing methods, my experimentation has led me from naïve block prints, through both abstract and figurative etched and cut lino prints, and sharp and precise digitally imaged screen prints. Whilst it is satisfying to produce a surface that looks good in 2d, I always have to keep in mind how it will look when cut and formed into a 3d piece – as you would when designing for textiles.

I find myself drawn more and more to textile surfaces and textures for inspiration, and enjoy the challenge of momentarily deceiving the eye into wondering if the material used is actually cold, hard metal, or soft pliable textile transformed into an unyielding shape.

The art of the jeweller is essentially decorative, despite the diverse symbolism with which we invest it.  I strive to make my work recognisably individual and handcrafted. The distillation of inspiration through design processes, to fabrication, results in a piece of wearable art — something which should elevate the spirit when worn!

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