Continuing the tradition of passing skills from master to apprentice has shaped my career and is at the heart of my work. My carving is simple in its manufacture, using only a mallet and chisel, but born from a wealth of knowledge gleaned from highly skilled craftsmen over the years.
Geometry relies on perfect accuracy to create intricate patterns. I feel our eyes have become accustomed to seeing the precision that machine production creates raising the bar for traditional crafts. I relish the demanding technical challenge of hand carving a geometric pattern that is satisfying to look. It requires meticulous precision in the execution of the carving.
Historically carving has always relied on light and shadow to complete the work and to bring it to life. This is something I continue to be interested in. As light moves across the carved geometric design with the passing of time, different areas become highlighted changing the appearance of the pattern.
I have always been tried to involve the viewer in my work. The sculptural nature of carvings invites the viewer to move around the piece, looking at it from different angles, watching the pattern change. The stone is incredibly tactile, the sharp edges of the cut against the smooth polished surface tempting the viewer to trace a finger over the surface, following the shapes as they merge into on another. The hard nature of stone combined with a flowing pattern is a contrast I really enjoy.
Born in Shrewsbury, England, Zoë Wilson is a stone carver. She completed a degree in fine art painting at Birmingham City University, before discovering her chosen medium of stone. Zoë is a highly motivated, hardworking and enthusiastic person with a good eye for detail. She takes great pride in her craft and now works as a self-employed carver creating unique hand carved art work.
2020 – New Beginnings Exhibition, Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings. United Kingdom
2019 – 235 Exhibition, St James's Market pavilion, London. United Kingdom
2016 – Making it, Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings. United Kingdom
2016 – Degree Show, City and Guilds of London Art School, London. United Kingdom
2017 Yeoman Mason, The Worshipful Company of Masons, London. United Kingdom
2020 Collaboration with Sipsmith Gin for London Craft week
2019 Front cover Essential Journal publication
2019 British Brand Ambassador, John Smedley, Jermyn Street, London. United Kingdom
2014 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, funding recipient
City and Guilds of London Art School (2013-2016)
Diploma in Historical Stone Carving First
Birmingham City University (2004-2007)
Bachelor of Arts (hons) Fine Art 2:1
Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology (2003-2004).
BTEC Diploma in Foundation in Art and Design.
Shrewsbury Sixth Form College (2001-2003)
A-levels Design-A. Biology-B. Environmental Science-C. General Studies-B.
Meole Brace School Science College (1996-2001)
10 GCSE’s Grades A*-B