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Jenny Deans

Jenny Deans
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I describe my work as ‘elegant jewellery with a playful twist’.

My work explores the visual and sensory aspects of jewellery and its relationship to the wearer, especially people’s love of playing with jewellery. This has led me to develop movable pieces which have fluidity and movement inherent in the form, and which encourage interaction with the wearer.

I am fascinated by structure and geometry, exploring the effects of rhythm and repetition in three-dimensional forms. Hand-making each piece from repeated units of silver and 18ct gold allows me to create wearable sculptural forms which are flexible and light.

I have also been teaching jewellery making evening, weekend and summer school classes for over 12 years. My courses are currently avaliable at Edinburgh University and Leith School of Art, and private tuition at my studio in Coburg House.
Exhibitions and Stockists
Mobilia Gallery, Boston, USA, 2005 – Present
Studio 24, West Kilbride, 2015 - Present
Elements, Edinburgh, 2015 & 2016
Lesley Craze Gallery, London, 2003 - 2015
Bentley & Co Jewellery, Carmarthenshire, Wales, 2012 - 2015
Byard Art, Cambridge, 2012 - 2015
The Line Gallery, Linlithgow, 2012 – 2014
City Arts Centre, Edinburgh, 2012 – 2014
Quest Gallery, Bath, 2011 – 2014
Objects of Status, Power and Adornment, Mobilia Gallery, USA, 2011 & 2013
STAINless, Galvanise Festival, SIA Gallery, Sheffield, 2013
Goldsmiths' Fair, London, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012
VAS Annual Exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Goldsmiths' Pavillion at Treasure, London, 2011
The Billcliffe Gallery – Black and Gold II, Glasgow, 2011
MADE - Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2011

Awards
VAS Award for Applied Art, Visual Arts Scotland's Annual Open Exhibition, 2011
Highly Commended, Collections New Designer of the Year 2009
The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust, Travel Grant, 2007

Published Images
Scottish Arts Scene Magazine, Macmillan Art Show Special Edition, 2016
On The Rocks Magazine, Issue 2 Autumn/ Winter 2015
Stainless Exhibition Flier, April 2013
Jewish Chronical, September 2012
Design Arts Magazine, May/June 2008

Education
Postgraduate Certificate Academic Practice (PgCAP), University of Edinburgh, 2016
1st Class BA Honours, Jewellery and Silversmithing, Edinburgh College of Art, 2002

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