Glasgow School of Design Silversmithing & Jewellery

Clare Robb (She/Her)

Objects trigger memories and transform recollections into palpable experiences. In this collection of works, I Feel This Place in My Bones, pieces of jewellery as retainers of memory are made meaningful by their collection and gathering as small, discrete, often found, items.  Working with bone provokes questions relating to the body of the maker and invites the viewer to explore these connections too. I Feel This Place in My Bones, challenges specific values inherent in the possibilities of bodily material as a medium for making, as well as the framework of our physical form; and acknowledges the mundane, the found object. This collection, which embodies wearable and sculptural pieces, encapsulates the inherent link between the viewer of a work and the intended narrative behind it. Each piece is conceived to reconnect its audience with such things as a sense of place, nostalgia, and the human body itself; matters which are easily neglected, but which are intrinsic to our everyday lives.

Contact
clarerobbj@gmail.com
@clarerobb.maker
Works
I FEEL THIS PLACE IN MY BONES
CONTOURS OF ROCK BROOCH
THE CABINET
STRANDLINE RING
THE ACT OF MOVING CHAIN
PLANTS ON THE HILL BROOCH
LANDSCAPE
COASTAL MAPS
DiG PROJECT

I FEEL THIS PLACE IN MY BONES

CONTOURS OF ROCK BROOCH

CONTOURS OF ROCK BROOCH

85 x 69 MM Score + fold patinated brass with textured steel pin

CONTOURS OF ROCK BROOCH (BACK DETAIL)

THE CABINET

‘I Feel This Place in My Bones’ adopts a form of display similar to the Wunderkammer to underline ways in which we curate our lives through the items that surround us. Collecting is a means of selfhood brought about by selection and curation, presented here as miscellanea for viewers, inviting them to consider the contents of their own ‘curiosity cabinet’.

CURIOSITY CABINET

590 x 420 MM Pyrographed Birch ply cabinet

THE WAVES EARRINGS

67 MM x 46 MM Patinated brass with Sterling silver posts

STRANDLINE RING

STRANDLINE RING

Oxidised silver, silver wire, amethyst with polished bone shank
Pictured: Strandline Ring, Migration Nest Pin and Casting Process Rings

THE ACT OF MOVING CHAIN

Constructed from naturally dyed bones, this chain is stimulated from the instinctual movement of our bodies and from movement’s presence within nature itself. The bones were submerged in dye for varying lengths of time; to replicate the gradient between the dreich North Sea and its rockpools. A cast plant placed at the chain’s center is a symbol, embodying the connection to the environment, upon which this project was built.

Pictured: 'Act of Moving' Chain, 'Strandline' Ring and 'Bone Map'; 'Migration Nest' and 'Plants on the Hill' Brooches
For Sale: Price on Request

'THE ACT OF MOVING'

PLANTS ON THE HILL BROOCH

PLANTS ON THE HILL BROOCH

Bone, silver, cast plants with a 1 MM steel double pin

BONE RINGS

Polished bone, beetroot dye
For Sale: Price on Request

NEST LOOP CHAIN

Polished bone loops, oxidised wire eyelet chain, silver wire.
For Sale: Price on Request

LANDSCAPE

‘Intense awareness of the environmental beauty normally comes as a sudden
revelation… homely and even drab scenes can reveal aspects of themselves that went
unnoticed before, and this is new insight into how the real is sometimes experienced
as beauty.’

–  Yi-Fu Tuan, Topophilia (1974)

 

BURIED

Bone and shell rings are photographed within the land which inspired their creation.

TRACES

COASTAL MAPS

CABINET DETAIL

Birch Ply cabinet with brass door fittings. Drawings taken from coastal maps of the North Sea along the East Coast of Scotland are pyrographed into the surface- rooting the display, in its entirety, to a sense of place.

DiG PROJECT

The DiG project was informed by an archaeological dig at Pitskelly Farm, near my home on the East Coast of Scotland. A bone ring dating back to the Bronze Age was unearthed at this site. In homage to the woman whose remains were found alongside it, and to all historical residents, I made and placed bone rings I have made myself within the landscape. I find absorbing how the material traces we leave behind show that we exist within a ceaseless experience.

DiG RING INSTALLATION

33 Rings; bone, shell and wood.