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Marianne Forrest

Marianne Forrest graduated from The Royal College of Art as a Master silversmith and has specialised in the making of Timepieces from the tiniest of wristwatches to huge architectural installations for urban spaces. Her work stretches function and the visual language behind telling the time to encompass research themes based on the idea of Time itself. Of her work she says:
"I have a fascination with scale, surface, form and function. I explore ideas about the nature of time and its transience and permanence. I try to re-define the traditional watch and the way it is worn by expanding its potential for hanging and draping on different parts of the body and clothing.

The very act of making an object has its feet firmly in the present and yet both past and future are interlocked within each and every piece. I like to work with instantaneous creation as well as painstaking craftsmanship, mixing ways of making in the exploration of these themes.

New technology fascinates me with its methods of building three-dimensional objects which are meticulously constructed by machine yet carved by hand to reveal and refine the finished article.
Every piece is a new challenge, whether it is the smallest watch possible, as with the ʻTiny Titaniumʼ range, exploring hand making skills for the creation of a pocket watch or the huge sculptural pieces made for Urban environments such as the 10.5 metre high town centre Timepiece for Ebbw Vale in South Wales."

Marianne has exhibited all over the world and has her work is in many collections both public and private. Most notably in the V&Aʼ, The Goldsmiths Company Collection, The Scottish Gallery Collection and The Hampshire Museum Collection.

Public Art works can be seen in Ebbw Vale, Portishead, Farnborough and Birmingham. Marianne is also Course Leader of the BA Silversmithing and Jewellery course at Sir John Cass (London) and has delivered a number of lectures all over the country. She also writes extensively for a variety of publications.

Photo credits
Ebbw Vale Town Centre timepiece: E. Wallace
Geome and Paleolith wrist watches: S.B.Armitt

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