Glasgow School of Design Silversmithing & Jewellery

Sally Shepherd (she/her)

semitransparent grey metal necklace, with shadows cast by the necklace on a white background
Winner

Richard H Arroll Memorial Prize

My graduate collection responds to sensitive aesthetic qualities found in everyday experiences of nature.  Influenced by both rural and urban landscapes, my work focuses on light, reflection, shadow and gentle movement.

The collection is named after the River Skirfare in North Yorkshire, referencing the surroundings that initially inspired my final-year research and the place where I grew up.  Spending extended amounts of time in familiar landscapes over lockdown was the starting point for this body of work.  I used drawing, photography and collage as a way to record and focus in on details in my surroundings, altering perception of place and familiarity, before translating these practices into metal; creating objects of longevity.

Portofolio on request.

Contact
hello@sallyshepherd.com
S.Shepherd1@student.gsa.ac.uk
Website
Instagram
Works
skirfare – collection
skirfare – necklace
skirfare – brooches
skirfare – earrings
skirfare – drawings
skirfare – design proposals
semitransparent grey metal necklace, with shadows cast by the necklace on a white background

skirfare – collection

Natural light, and its qualities of reflection, diffusion and refraction, are a significant consideration throughout this collection of work. Characteristics of the play of light on elements of transparency, pattern and surface texture allow for specific sensory experiences in both the wearer and viewer. In this sense, the jewellery presented here is intended to invoke a feeling of calm, thoughtfulness and an aspect of nostalgia, reflecting human perceptions of nature and the environment. Metals, such as fine copper and brass mesh, help to produce an impression of transparency, flexibility and delicacy. Hammering of different intensities affects the distribution and alteration of light on these metals, flooding small areas with brightness while others remain in the shadows, just as daylight affects the landscape in endless patterns that appear over variegated grounds.

nk print layered over a photograph of yorkshire landscape
digital collage: ink print and landscape
Brass mesh, hammer textured, layered digitally over a photograph of a yorkshire river.
digital collage:textured brass and water
Pencil drawing layered over a photo of Yorkshire landscape at sunset
digital collage: pencil drawing and landscape
Pencil drawing layered digitally over a photograph taken in Queens Park, Glasgow
digital collage: pencil drawing and woodland

skirfare – necklace

materials: silver, copper (oxidised).  length: 980mm (unfastened), diameter: 18mm.

lerson laying to the side wearing a grey semitransparent necklace

Skirfare Necklace

materials: silver, copper (oxidised). length: 980mm (unfastened), diameter: 18mm.
For Sale: price on request. bespoke commision also available.
lerson laying to the side wearing a grey necklace

Skirfare Necklace

materials: silver, copper (oxidised). length: 980mm (unfastened), diameter: 18mm.
For Sale: price on request. bespoke commision also available.
semitransparent grey metal necklace, with shadows cast by the necklace on a white background

Skirfare Necklace

materials: silver, copper (oxidised). length: 980mm (unfastened), diameter: 18mm.
For Sale: price on request. bespoke commision also available.
person in white t-shirt wearing grey torso-length necklace

Skirfare Necklace

materials: silver, copper (oxidised). length: 980mm (unfastened), diameter: 18mm.
For Sale: price on request. bespoke commision also available.
closeup of grey necklace being worn, shadows of the necklace are cast onto the wearer

Skirfare Necklace

materials: silver, copper (oxidised). length: 980mm (unfastened), diameter: 18mm.
For Sale: price on request. bespoke commision also available.

Skirfare Necklace

materials: silver, copper (oxidised). length: 980mm (unfastened), diameter: 18mm.
For Sale: price on request. bespoke commision also available.

Skirfare Necklace

materials: silver, copper (oxidised). length: 980mm (unfastened), diameter: 18mm.
For Sale: price on request. bespoke commision also available.
necklace laid out flat on a white background

Skirfare Necklace

materials: silver, copper (oxidised). length: 980mm (unfastened), diameter: 18mm.
For Sale: price on request. bespoke commision also available.
person wearing necklace, leaning so that it hangs away from the body.

Skirfare Necklace

materials: silver, copper (oxidised).  length: 980mm (unfastened), diameter: 18mm.
For Sale: price on request. bespoke commision also available.

skirfare – brooches

Layering hammer-textured woven mesh with photo-etched metal sheet, these brooches reflect light through the semitransparent mesh, changing appearance as light catches them at different angles.

Brooch 1 – materials: brass, silver, steel brooch pin. height: 56mm, width: 38mm, depth: 8mm

Brooch 2 – materials: silver, copper (oxidised), steel brooch pin.  height: 62mm, width: 36mm, depth: 14mm

oval brass brooch on white background

Brooch: brass, silver, steel brooch pin.

height: 56mm, width: 38mm, depth: 8mm
For Sale: price on request
oval brass brooch on white background

Brooch: brass, silver, steel brooch pin.

height: 56mm, width: 38mm, depth: 8mm
For Sale: price on request.
oval brass brooch on white background

Brooch: brass, silver, steel brooch pin.

height: 56mm, width: 38mm, depth: 8mm
For Sale: price on request.
oval brass brooch on white background

Brooch: brass, silver, steel brooch pin.

height: 56mm, width: 38mm, depth: 8mm
For Sale: price on request.

Brooch: brass, silver, steel brooch pin.

height: 56mm, width: 38mm, depth: 8mm
For Sale: price on request.
oval brass brooch being worn on a white t-shirt.

Brooch: brass, silver, steel brooch pin.

height: 56mm, width: 38mm, depth: 8mm
For Sale: price on request.
grey rectangle brooch on light grey concrete background

Brooch: silver, copper (oxidised), steel brooch pin.

height: 62mm, width: 36mm, depth: 14mm
For Sale: price on request.
grey rectangle brooch on white background, back of brooch with double brooch pin and hammer textured metal is shown.

Brooch: silver, copper (oxidised), steel brooch pin.

height: 62mm, width: 36mm, depth: 14mm
For Sale: price on request.
grey rectangle brooch on white background

Brooch: silver, copper (oxidised), steel brooch pin.

height: 62mm, width: 36mm, depth: 14mm
For Sale: price on request.

Brooch: silver, copper (oxidised), steel brooch pin.

height: 62mm, width: 36mm, depth: 14mm
For Sale: price on request.
rectangle grey brooch being worn by person wearing a white t-shirt

Brooch: silver, copper (oxidised), steel brooch pin.

height: 62mm, width: 36mm, depth: 14mm
For Sale: price on request.

skirfare – earrings

Materials: silver, brass. height: 80mm, diameter: 22mm.

brass earrings, made from wire and woven wire mesh with light reflecting from the surface.

Earrings: silver, brass.

height: 80mm, diameter: 22mm.
For Sale: £180. Can be silver or gold plated on request. Bespoke commision also available.

Earrings: silver, brass.

height: 80mm, diameter: 22mm.
For Sale: £180. Can be silver or gold plated on request. Bespoke commision also available.
person wearing brass earrings

Earrings: silver, brass.

height: 80mm, diameter: 22mm.
For Sale: £180. Can be silver or gold plated on request. Bespoke commision also available.
person wearing brass earrings

Earrings: silver, brass.

height: 80mm, diameter: 22mm.
For Sale: £180. Can be silver or gold plated on request. Bespoke commision also available.
brass earrings, made from wire and woven wire mesh with light reflecting from the surface.

Earrings: silver, brass.

height: 80mm, diameter: 22mm.
For Sale: £180. Can be silver or gold plated on request. Bespoke commision also available.

Earrings: silver, brass.

height: 80mm, diameter: 22mm.
For Sale: £180. Can be silver or gold plated on request. Bespoke commision also available.

skirfare – drawings

A short digital book of selected drawings and samples.  More process images and sketchbook pages can be found on my website sallyshepherd.com

For Sale: a5 prints of the above drawings £16. Other sizes and original drawings available; price on request.

skirfare – design proposals

Studying a very practical discipline at a time where workshop access has been severely limited has meant that the amount of work I have been able to physically make has also been limited.  I am now approaching my graduate collection as an ongoing body of work which I am excited to develop into new outcomes and collections.

Below is a selection of design proposals, hand drawn and/or digitally created.