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Isabel Distassi

Isabel Distassi
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After spending a while observing the textures of water lilies and their natural path to decay I came to feel very moved by the fragility of such seemingly beautiful surfaces. I started to mimic the textures I found in nature into my pieces but found that more often than not they lost the magic they had in the outside world as I was immortalizing the objects. Through this realisation I grew very attached to the idea of objects of impermanence that are still beautiful, enigmatic and intimate.
I have enjoyed working with this idea in my ‘Paper Series’, where I manipulate paper to resemble clustered objects found in nature. By folding, bending and wrapping the paper in different ways I have recreated myriad organic shapes and textures, which beg both curiosity and a desire to be handled.
By working with these ephemeral works, I began to feel torn by the impending duration of my pieces and my desire to use precious metals. I felt settled in my ability to recreate the mystical quality of nature by reflecting the patterns of these corals closely with silver. By rolling my silver into between 0.1 and 0.3mm thickness and intricately crimping and bending it, I have been able to explore a balance between delicacy and permanence. I hope that by manipulating metal to resemble paper I can gage my audience by expressing my ability to deliver the same concept with different materials.
Exhibitions:
27th-29th October: (upcoming) Handmade Edinburgh, The Hub

12th-15th October: (upcoming) Handmade at Kew

28th June – 1st July: New Designers, London

1st-11th June: Edinburgh College of Art, Degree Show, Edinburgh

9th-12th November 2016: Pics Project, exhibition at Lichtof, Stubenring 3, Vienna, Austria

7th-11th March 2016: Andrew Grant corridor exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art

10th – 13th December 2015: Limited edition exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art and National Museum of Scotland

November 2015: Exhibition at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art - British Art Medal Society (BAMS)

Education:
2014 - 17: University of Edinburgh, BA (Hons), Jewellery and Silversmithing – First Class Honours

2013 – 14: City and Guilds Art Foundation - Merit
Silver coral ring - image by Shannon Tofts
  • Isabel Distassi
  • Silver coral ring - image by Shannon Tofts
  • Jewellery
Steel-mesh brooch - image by Shannon Tofts
  • Isabel Distassi
  • Steel-mesh brooch - image by Shannon Tofts
  • Jewellery
Mixed media necklace - image by Shannon Tofts
  • Isabel Distassi
  • Mixed media necklace - image by Shannon Tofts
  • Jewellery
Silver ring - image by Kyle Meadows
  • Isabel Distassi
  • Silver ring - image by Kyle Meadows
  • Jewellery
Paper necklace - image by Charlie Murray
  • Isabel Distassi
  • Paper necklace - image by Charlie Murray
  • Jewellery
Mixed media centrepiece (paper, steel-mesh, silver, plastic) - image by Charlie Murray
  • Isabel Distassi
  • Mixed media centrepiece (paper, steel-mesh, silver, plastic) - image by Charlie Murray
  • Jewellery
Oxidised silver necklace - image by Shannon Tofts
  • Isabel Distassi
  • Oxidised silver necklace - image by Shannon Tofts
  • Jewellery
Black and white silver necklace - image by Charlie Murray
  • Isabel Distassi
  • Black and white silver necklace - image by Charlie Murray
  • Jewellery

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