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Shimara Carlow
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Shimara Carlow

Born in a remote coastal area in West Cork, Southern Ireland in 1979, a childhood fascination for collecting shells, stones, mermaids purses’, feathers and pods found along the sea shore has been the inspiration for my work.

While studying at Glasgow School of Art, I experimented with hand made paper and silver as mediums for creating large sculptural pieces of jewellery and smaller silversmithing pieces. My work has always been very tactile and organic and the use of paper enhances this tactility and also brings a light translucent quality to the pieces.

I began a residency at Bishopsland workshops in South Oxfordshire in 2002, where I spent two years. I used the opportunity to experiment with larger scale silversmithing and to develop a range of silver and 18ct gold jewellery.
 
I currently have a studio in London where I work and sell my jewellery and silversmithing pieces both nationally and internationally through a selection of galleries, shops, fairs and to commission.
 


BORN: West Cork, Republic of Ireland

NATIONALITY: Irish/Australian

EDUCATION:
2002 – 2004
P & O Makower Trust Workshops, Residency, Bishopsland, Oxon.
1997 – 2001
BA (hons) Glasgow School of Art, Jewellery and Silversmithing.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:
2004 - 2008
Collect - The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
2005 - 2007
December Collection – Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2004 - 2007
Goldsmiths' Fair - Goldsmiths' Hall, London
2006 - 2007
Origin - The London Craft Fair, Somerset House, London
Dazzle - Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
2008 -
Reveal - Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
2007 -
Solo Window Display - Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
Dazzle - Manchester Town Hall
Home for Christmas - Black Swan Arts, Frome
Window Display - Jam, Eton Applied Arts
25 year Anniversary - Manchester Craft and Design Gallery, Manchester
Christmas Cracker -Millennium Galleries, Sheffield
5 Gold Rings - Harley Gallery, Welbeck
Art in Action - Waterperry, Oxforshire
Solo Exhibition - The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh
Rising Stars - Goldsmiths' Hall, London
2005 - 2006
Dazzle - National Theatre, London
2006 -
Gifted - National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh
Scottish Signature - Beeld en Aambeeld, Enschede, Holland
Origin - The London Craft Fair, Somerset House, London
Goldsmiths' Fair - Goldsmiths' Hall, London (04,05 and 06)
December Collection – Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow (05 and 06)
Four Women Artists Celebrate the Environment - Broughton Gallery
Design Collection - Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
Wedding Exhibition – Kath Libbert Jewellery, Saltaire
Emerging Talent – Lesley Craze Gallery, London
2005 -
Chelsea Craft Fair - Chelsea Town Hall, London
Shimmer - Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
International Arts and Crafts – The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Collectable – The Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey
30 Neckpieces – Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2004 -
Object of Design - The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London
Solo Exhibition – The Architecture Centre, Bristol
Jewellery Unlimited - Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol
Rare find summer – The New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2003 -
Christmas Present – The Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Silver Sparks – The Gilbert Collection, Somerset House, London

NOTABLE SALES AND COMMISSIONS:
2006
Set of four hand raised fine silver pencil holders, private commission
Hand raised fine silver fruit bowl, private collection
Hand raised fine silver pod vessel with gold plate, private commission
2004
18ct gold neckpiece, private commission
Pair of hand raised round pod vessels, private collection
Pair of hand raised fine silver water vessels, private commission
2003
Two fine silver hand raised pod vessels, private collection

PUBLICATIONS AND ARTICLES:
2007
BBC Homes and Antiques, Born to Shine, Dec 2007
2006
Elle Decoration, Precious Metals, Issue 170
Elle Decoration, Egg Shapes, Issue 161
2005
Country Home and Interiors, Shimmering Talent, Nov 05
Homes and Interiors Scotland, World Leaders, Issue 42
2004
J-dex Magazine, A Sand Hurst for Silversmiths, Sep 04