Jennifer Gray’s collection at the RCA 2012 Show was intriguing. The objects in the collection were made by a mix of techniques; old school hand carving and digital 3-D printing.
In her words ‘I am interested in identifying then reinterpreting place, time and individual personalities. Retold stories juxtapose historical and modern themes from an alternative perspective through objects, jewellery and the way these works are experienced by others’. She speaks of her work with clarity, and absorbingly and it is clear then, why her work was chosen for awards at the RCA 2012 show.
Her work is a good example of how old and new craft techniques can be used to open up new exciting possibilities in designing objects that can be scaled up to be architectural detailing or scaled down and personalised to become jewellery.
The Queen’s Beasts
Jennifer Gray describes ‘The Queen’s Beasts are ten heraldic animals depicting the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II. The only existing full set was made in stone in 1953 to celebrate the Queen’s coronation and is shown in Kew Gardens. I remade the beasts a twelve piece place name set in silver roughly 4 inches high’.
Mr Langoustine (Private Commission)
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