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Gillian Ryan

Gillian Ryan
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Gillian looks at and takes inspiration from her surroundings and is fascinated by organic shapes and textures.
The Ayrshire coastline, where she lives and works, features heavily in her designs. As well as the beautiful scenery, with the abundance of shapes of waves and foliage, the area is steeped in history and heritage. Coming from and returning to live by the coast has allowed her work to reflect this through design, giving her jewellery a biomorphic feel and flow.
There are three main types of work produced. The first is within the world of fold forming, or forging, where each piece is individually made by hand and hammer, resulting in unique organic shapes. Each piece becomes an individual piece of wearable mini-sculpture.
In the second area, she corrugates thin metal pieces and manipulates them by hand into shapes for use as jewellery. The resulting rigid structures are again akin to shapes and textures found in nature, for example the bark of a tree or the structure of a shell.
Lastly, the third area involves using cast shell pieces as components, where moulds have been made from shells collected on the local beach and with the lost wax method then used to produce the metal masters for casting. These shells are part of the local natural history and can be cherished as both a memento and a memory.
Education:
University of Dundee
Degree of Master of Arts 1987
City of Glasgow College
National Qualification NQ 2013 (Jewellery)
Higher National Certificate 2014 (Jewellery)
Higher National Diploma 2015 (Jewellery)
Awards:
Craftex 2013 - Merit - Trades House, Glasgow.
Craftex 2014 - Merit - Trades House, Glasgow.
Craftex 2015 - Winner - Fashion Advanced - Trades House, Glasgow.
Formal Exhibitions:
2019
Return to Nature - Legacy Arts Gallery, Todmorden.
Kunsthuis Gallery - Krayke.
Rolling 2019 Exhibitions - Electric Brae Gallery, Croy.
Souter Johnnie’s Gallery - National Trust for Scotland.
Presence of jewellery at The Barony Centre, Ayrshire.
2018
Winter Open 2018 - Northlands Creative, Caithness.
VAS Members Exhibition - Tatha Gallery, Fife.
Rolling 2018 Exhibitions - Electric Brae Gallery, Croy.
Souter Johnnie’s Gallery - National Trust for Scotland.
Six Foot Gallery 2018 Showcase - Glasgow.
2017
OSA Annual Showcase - Rozelle House
Organic Twist Pendant
  • Gillian Ryan
  • Organic Twist Pendant
  • Silversmithing
Formed Cuff bangles
  • Gillian Ryan
  • Formed Cuff bangles
  • Silversmithing
Pods
  • Gillian Ryan
  • Pods
  • Silversmithing
Open Formed Pendant and Earrings
  • Gillian Ryan
  • Open Formed Pendant and Earrings
  • Jewellery
Pods
  • Gillian Ryan
  • Pods
  • Jewellery
S-Swirl
  • Gillian Ryan
  • S-Swirl
  • Jewellery
Corrugated earrings
  • Gillian Ryan
  • Corrugated earrings
  • Jewellery
Corrugated silver
  • Gillian Ryan
  • Corrugated silver

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