Glittering Summit

Silversmithing & Jewellery

Ingrid Nilsen

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Ingrid graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2007, having come to Edinburgh from Norway in 2003. She has returned to her home town and we are delighted to showcase her outstanding jewellery collection.

In all my work I look for contrasting elements to achieve balance. The rigid box shape is juxtaposed by fragile organic patterns- the hard silver by jumbled piles of colourful beads.

In this collection I have focused on the striking difference between the organic and geometric and how two such obvious contrasts can create harmony. The subtle white colour of the silver combined with the excessive amounts of beads adds a quiet luxury to my work. The luxury is reinforced by the fragility of the work in the sense that it requires gentleness and carefulness when handled.

Luxury is also evident in the pieces where beads are placed inside the box and in this way they appear to be protected by the silver. I see this protection as a way of adding value to something which is not necessarily valuable. The hidden and protected will always be perceived as more desirable than the highly accessible.

Contemporary Conceptual Jewellery

Contemporary Conceptual Jewellery

Suilven Plazalska- Glittering Summit

Regular Featured Artist

Suilven graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2001 with a BA (Hons) Design, Silversmithing & Jewellery.

Following one year as Artist in Residence at the GSA, she set up her own business and now works from a studio in WASPS Glasgow having received a start-up award from the Scottish Arts Council and further funding from the Prince's Trust.

In Suilvens work, air and space are constant themes, and she is also influenced by natural rythms such as the heartbeat and breathing.

Her pieces are strongly concept based and alongside traditional materials such as silver and gold, she also uses various plastics and other man-made materials such as latex and balloons and plastic straws. Suilven wants people to look at these materials - objects they might normally consider worthless - in a new light.