Fragment is a multi-disciplinary exhibition by Kate Gilliland & Jennie Webber that will take place at Town House Gallery from 1.11.13 – 10.11.13. The private view will be held 31.10.13 from 6pm-8.30pm. Through jewellery design, etching and drawing, Jennie and Kate create a collection of curiosities, exploring the cyclic beauty of nature and what it leaves behind.
Both artists find their inspiration in experiencing nature at it’s most unpredictable. The discovery of a solitary feather, a skeleton on the ground, a statue ravaged by acid rain. The two artists delight in these discoveries and seek to unravel their origins; how did these fragments come to exist the way we see them now? Each artifact tells a story of a life, or a way of life, all connected to a complex ecosystem intertwined with countless human relationships. This exhibition seeks to commemorate these artifacts and their stories by being cast in precious metals or drawn in intricate detail.
Jennie Webber is a London-based artist with a strong affinity for natural history and classic adventure. Her personal work explores the concept “truth is stranger than fiction” through extensive research, drawings and printmaking. Her latest body of work examines the complex, and often ironic, connections between man and the natural world. From feathers of extinct birds to epic journeys in the name of science, her work seeks to highlight the fragility of the world around us. Last year, Jennie completed a Masters degree in Illustration at Camberwell College.
Kate Gilliland, a jewellery designer based in Birmingham, will showcase her new collection that shares the same title as the exhibition itself. ‘Fragments’ will include finely cast bones, small creatures and natural treasures discovered on her walks in the wilderness. Kate studied at De Montfort University, specialising in jewellery and silver-smithing. There she developed her signature style, creating a conceptual collection using freeze dried animals. Following her graduation, she was selected for Design Space; a scheme set up by the council to bring young designers back to the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. Working from her studio, Kate’s jewellery is stocked at the Wellcome Collection amongst other places and she regularly takes part in fairs and design showcases.