Glasgow School of Design Silversmithing & Jewellery

Cara Zoë Smith

Winner

Incorporation of Hammermen Prize, Visual Arts Scotland Graduate Showcase 2021 Shortlisted Graduate Award

Biomimicry, which is innovation inspired by nature, through emulating, ethos and reconnection is the focus of this body of work. These jewellery pieces heighten the presence of nature in the wider landscape and its relationship to the human body, through texture, form, repetition, transformation and movement.

The Caddisfly Larva use materials found around them to make intricate adorning cocoons in order to blend with their surroundings and in some respects personifies the idea of a sustainable existence. During the Covid-19 lockdown, this same ethos has been applied to practice, in giving new life to discarded objects, transforming these into body adornments. Milk bottle plastic has beautiful, ethereal and translucent qualities, that are used here in interactive sculptural pieces. It gives a new purpose to the continued existence of this material, transforming it from an everyday product to a desirable object.

The concept of biomimicry sits usefully in Michel Serres’ understanding of human-to-non-human relations. In ‘The Five Senses: A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies’ (2008), Serres argues that our sense-experiences should be foregrounded in social and cultural life and that humans should recall from nature how to adapt and trust our intuitive bodily impressions. In this respect, the pieces of jewellery presented here are sculptures intended to become animated once positioned on the body; to become an extension of the body.

As nature changes it gifts us with fleeting phenomena and these moments are captured in these activated body adornments, such as the life cycle of the dandelion head changing first from yellow to translucent, and then as motion, like that of a bird in flight.

 

Contact
carazoesmith@outlook.com
C.Smith1@student.gsa.ac.uk
@cara.z.smith
Works
Kinetic Nature Film
Cirrus Vessel
Oarweed Brooch
Square Feather Brooch
Flight Feather Bangle-ring
Rime Ice Cuff
Life Line
Flight Mask
Flight Ring
Wishing Mask
Efflorescent Ring
Spring Ring
Taraxacum Ring
Blossoming Ring
Seed Dispersal Ring
Dandelion Ring
Anthesis Ring
Seedhead Object

Kinetic Nature Film

Cirrus Vessel

oxidised copper, silver, up-cycled milk bottle plastic and nylon thread

 

Oarweed Brooch

silver, steel, up-cycled milk bottle plastic and nylon thread

 

Square Feather Brooch

silver, brass, steel, up-cycled milk bottle plastic and nylon thread

 

Flight Feather Bangle-ring

brass, up-cycled milk bottle plastic and nylon thread

 

Rime Ice Cuff

silver, up-cycled milk bottle plastic and nylon thread

 

This cuff is made from materials found in my immediate vicinity. Making a beautiful ‘cocoon’ from an everyday essential discarded material.

Life Line

brass, up-cycled milk bottle plastic and nylon thread

 

During lockdown our face to face communication was cut off, this piece spreads from the ear, across to the mouth illustrating the importance of social interaction.

Flight Mask

brass and up-cycled milk bottle plastic

 

The facial adornment emulates flight through the movement of the jaw. The piece encompasses hope for the success of the vaccine to bring freedom.

Flight Ring

brass and up-cycled milk bottle plastic

 

 

Wishing Mask

brass, up-cycled milk bottle plastic and nylon thread

 

The act of blowing is a reversal of our recent apprehensions of a person’s right to breathe signifying a new dawn. The brass wire detail illustrating the scares of a culture of Covid fear.

Efflorescent Ring

silver, up-cycled milk bottle plastic and nylon thread

 

Spring Ring

brass, steel spring, up-cycled milk bottle plastic and nylon thread

 

Taraxacum Ring

brass, up-cycled milk bottle plastic and nylon thread

 

Blossoming Ring

brass and up-cycled milk bottle plastic

 

Seed Dispersal Ring

brass, up-cycled milk bottle plastic and nylon thread

 

 

Dandelion Ring

silver

 

Anthesis Ring

brass, up-cycled milk bottle plastic and nylon thread

 

Seedhead Object

silver, up-cycled milk bottle plastic and nylon thread