THE PLAYGROUND
Ten Top Graduates Test Their Talents

15th Nov - 27th Jan 2019

Human Geometry - neckpiece in Formica, piano wire, nickel silver wire, steel piano wire with copper rivets

Human Geometry - neckpiece in Formica, piano wire, nickel silver wire, steel piano wire with copper rivets

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SAM PHELPS

I would not consider myself a typical jeweller, I don't make wedding rings/the more traditional type of jewellery and I tend to stay away from precious materials as I like to add worth with time, effort and with the concept behind the wearable art pieces. I would label myself more of a sculptural artist that just happens to make work that can be worn. The wearables I make are normally large or oversized and even the smaller pieces tend to be statement jewellery that would not be worn all the time. Generally They are worn in unconventional ways and are more special event wearables.  I like the idea of making sculptures that can be both worn and displayed as an art piece, having this dual function, I feel, give the work an extra layer of depth.

 
Human geometry is a collection of wearable sculptures that ranges in size from small to large. The collection is heavily inspired by the concept of line, shape, form and geometry within the movement of the human body, especially within dance. From my starting point I wanted to create a collection of wearables that were more of an artistic statement rather than fine jewellery. I have used bold colour and varying thickness of steel and nickel silver wire to create clusters of shape and form that encase certain aspects of the body. 
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Biographical Details

THE PLAYGROUND - Ten Top Graduates Test Their Talents: Ailsa Morrant, Glasgow School of Art; Naia Conde, University of the Creative Arts, Rochester; Rebekah Wilson, Ulster University; Sandra Zinkute, Glasgow School of Art;
Sam Phelps
, Staffordshire University; Xiaoyu Guan, Central Saint Martins; Rebecca Gee, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design; Shona Dobie, Glasgow School of Art; Claire Mclean, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design; Rebecca Ridley, Nottingham Trent University.