about my work

VesselScape, 2017

VesselScape, 2017

I make objects to explore how we negotiate our physical and emotional place in the world. I use the relationship between space and form in 3D objects as a metaphor for how the intangible aspects of our existence – emotions, thoughts, beliefs, language and memory – interact with the physical aspects of our world to produce the environments that shape our lives, our behaviours and our identities. My practice is centred on ‘making’ as the method through which I undertake these explorations. The act of making - which encompasses both modelling and constructing finished pieces in different materials - is an action-led dialogue between idea and material that bridges the divide between our internal and external worlds.

I typically make hollow forms, in varying scales that mirror the body by either physically or metaphorically containing, to create one-off sculptures and installations of objects. I often work with groups of objects that can be arranged and rearranged and that communicate both through the forms themselves and through the spaces in between them. 

I work in a range of metals including copper, gilding metal, various brasses, nickel silver, mild steel, pewter and sterling silver. Choosing the material for each piece is an essential part of my process as each metal has a different character that affects both the fabrication of the piece and the way in which the piece communicates. 

All my work starts as flat sheets of metal and is fabricated by hand in my workshop in Walthamstow using various traditional and contemporary metalsmithing techniques. Seams – the thresholds that lie within a form - are an integral part of my work. The matt finishes I use prioritise the form over the surface of the piece. I use various heat and chemical patination techniques to colour my work.

 
 

bIOGRAPHY

Juliette is an artist-metalsmith who uses base and precious metals to explore how we experience our emotional and physical place in the world and how we negotiate the interface between the physical world that surrounds us and the intangible worlds of emotion, belief, thought, language and memory. Focussing on lines and thresholds, her work is primarily sculptural. She trained at The Cass School of Art gaining BA (First Class) and a research MA (Distinction).

Juliette has exhibited nationally and internationally including Design Miami, ArtGeneve, Tresor Contemporary Craft and Collect, where she won the prize for Collect Open in 2018. She was selected by the Design Council as one of their Ones to Watch, for potential to contribute to the future of Britain as a design nation. She has been featured in, amongst others, CRAFTS Magazine, Craft and Design Magazine, the Evening Standard and the FT’s How to Spend It. She has work in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Irish State collection, has received funding from the Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Programme. She is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Juliette produced her first publication - Material Perspectives - in 2018.

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