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Isabel Distassi

Isabel Distassi
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The inspiration behind my work comes from folding, bending and wrapping in both man-made and natural forms. A feature that is of great importance to me is manipulating materials to resemble each other – for example making silver malleable like paper. Hence, challenging the viewers’ preconceptions.
My work is influenced by the mystical sea world and more specifically corals. By making bundles and clusters of objects, I show a balance between movement and a sense of growth. The tactile nature of the materials encourages the wearer to engage with the pieces yet it’s fragility means that with time the pieces will age and distort. The pieces become personal to the wearer and echo the ever-changing quality of the sea world.
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
Steel-mesh brooch - image by Shannon Tofts
  • Isabel Distassi
  • Steel-mesh brooch - image by Shannon Tofts
Mixed media necklace - image by Shannon Tofts
  • Isabel Distassi
  • Mixed media necklace - image by Shannon Tofts
Silver ring - image by Kyle Meadows
  • Isabel Distassi
  • Silver ring - image by Kyle Meadows
Paper necklace - image by Charlie Murray
  • Isabel Distassi
  • Paper necklace - image by Charlie Murray
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
Oxidised silver necklace - image by Shannon Tofts
  • Isabel Distassi
  • Oxidised silver necklace - image by Shannon Tofts
Black and white silver necklace - image by Charlie Murray
  • Isabel Distassi
  • Black and white silver necklace - image by Charlie Murray

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