13th NOV 2008 - 30th JAN 2009
CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER
NEW BRITISH GRADUATES




‘Card Pocket’ brooch in patinated silver and paint
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IONA McCUAIG

When I was ten years old, my dad returned home from work with a plastic bag full of scraps of paper. He had been working in an old house in Grangemouth and had found, the bag, hidden in a wall. Putting the scraps of paper together I realised they were letters, written by a solider living in Glasgow during World War Two and these letters were for his parents, informing them of his welfare. Also in the bag was a regiment newsletter, envelopes and wartime leaflets. Each piece of my jewellery becomes an imagined object inspired by a snippet of text from the letters and attempts to recapture a moment in the lives of those living in such uncertain times.

After obtaining a First Class Honors in Silversmithing and Jewellery in the Summer of 2008, I am now the artist in residence at Friends’ School in Saffron Walden. I will use this opportunity to research the school's three hundred year old history providing fresh inspiration for more stories to come to life through my jewellery.

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Artists taking part in 'Curiouser and Curiouser' are: Claire Johnston; Frances Wadsworth-Jones; Iona McCuaig; Leonie Batt; NizA Huang; Sally Pawson; Samantha Queen and Susie Lee.