Cara is a contemporary designer with a playful approach to jewellery. She is currently based at The Glasgow School of Art as Artist in Residence, after graduating in 2021 with an Honours degree in Silversmithing & Jewellery Design.
Cara’s practice explores the relationship between the digital and physical realm, and investigates themes of play, technology and cyberspace. As someone who grew up during the ‘digital age’, her childhood memories of play are associated with retro videogame consoles. This ongoing theme has become increasingly more apparent during the pandemic, where technology has provided us with much needed escapism. She explores how we can utilise technology to generate play and joy. Influenced by retrofuturism and childhood toys, Cara combines bright colours and shapes using a hybrid of digital and traditional techniques to create unique pieces. She uses computer rendering to generate imagery, and 3D printing software to materialise these concepts, before connecting separate parts by hand.
When designing, Cara considers material, packaging, and their ecological properties. PLA filament is her primary material, a renewable bioplastic sourced from natural plant sugars. She also uses minimal amounts of silver, melted down from scrap. Her objects offer an engaging activity for the wearer, combining both jewellery and play. They consist of three key components: colour, lightness and kinetic movement. Together, these elements form an interactive experience with the wearer, keeping the activity of ‘play’ a key part of the collection.
2016 - 2017: NQ Portfolio Preparation @ Glasgow Clyde College
2017 - 2021: BA (Hons) Silversmithing & Jewellery @ Glasgow School of Art
AWARDS & RESIDENCIES:
2017: ARTPARK Residency @ House For An Art Lover, Glasgow, UK.
2021: Visual Arts Scotland Shortlisted Graduate Award
2021 – 2022: Artist in Residence @ Glasgow School of Art
2021: NEW DESIGNERS 2021, online
2021: GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART DEGREE SHOW 2021, online
2021: RECONNECT, Reid Building, Glasgow UK
2020: PLAY @ Reid Building, Glasgow UK
2019: SPLENDOUR @ Queens House, Royal Museums of Greenwich, UK
2018: FACETS @ The Art School, Glasgow, UK.
2018 - BODIES, IDENTITIES, ACTION, ENGAGEMENT @ Reid Building, Glasgow, UK.
2018 - OUR UTOPIA @ The Art School, Glasgow, UK.
2017: DESIDERATA @ Vogue Fabrics, London, UK.
2017: BEHIND THE IMAGE ii @ The Poetry Club, Glasgow, UK.
2017: ARTPARK @ House For An Art Lover, Glasgow, UK.