EMMA McFARLINE

 

Emma is a recent graduate from the B.A course in Jewellery & Silversmithing in Edinburgh College of Art. She is a Northern Irish jeweller who relishes working with a wide variety of materials, ranging from enamel, cardboard and steel to silver, gold and graffiti paint.

 

Corrugated brooch

Artist's Statement

Emma’s degree show collection is inspired by the beauty of urban environments, with a particular emphasis on graffiti. She’s fascinated by the often overlooked humour and skill involved with graffiti as well as the physical relief and surface of the continuous layers of spray paint.

She relishes experimenting with materials and therefore has produced a unique range of collaged jewellery. Within her work, Emma draws the focus of her pieces not to any precious material content but rather to the more “disposable”, non-precious materials such as cardboard and actual pieces of graffiti. She does this in order to provoke people to question how they assess material value, as she believes that “value and beauty can be found anywhere - even within “worthless” materials, like fragments of “vandalism”."

To construct her work, Emma extensively experiments with vitreous enamel – combining it with textile techniques such as weaving and sewing to produce new ways to innovatively attach fastenings for brooches, and settings for found materials as well as setting stones without the use of soldering. Her interest in experimental enamelling began last year when she was awarded a bursary to do a short course in vitreous enamel with Elizabeth Turrell at West Dean.  

Further Images

Corrugated Pavement Ring #1

Corrugated Pavement Ring #1

White Metal, Cardboard, Enamel, Copper, Stone Fragments 55 x 26 x 26 mm

Hanging by a Thread Brooch

Hanging by a Thread Brooch

Graffiti, Enamel, Copper, Steel Wire 100 x 47 x 10 mm

Fragmented Wall Earrings

Fragmented Wall Earrings

Enamel, Copper, White Metal, Stone Fragments, Cubic Zirconias (55 x 35 x 4 mm) x 2


Corrugated Pavement Ring #2

Corrugated Pavement Ring #2

White Metal, Cardboard, Enamel, Enamel Transfer, Stone Fragments 66 x 54 x 29 mm

Corrugated Surface Brooch

Corrugated Surface Brooch

White Metal, Cardboard, Copper, Enamel, Gold Foil, Steel Wire, Stone Fragments 110 x 50 x 15 mm

Coming Apart at the Seams Brooch

Coming Apart at the Seams Brooch

Graffiti, Enamel, Copper, White Metal, Paint, Steel Wire 84 x 42 x 7 mm


Straat Reversible Pendant

Straat Reversible Pendant

Steel, Oxidised White Metal, Enamel, Enamel Transfers, Steel Cord 261 x 168 x 18 mm

Pang Pang Reversible Pendant

Pang Pang Reversible Pendant

Copper, Oxidised White Metal, Enamel, Steel Cord, Enamel Transfer, Cubic Zirconia 450 x 102 x 5 mm

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