The Crafts Council has announced the selected makers for the seventh year of the Hothouse programme. Selected makers cover a broad range of disciplines including jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glass and furniture. We are very excited to announce that previous Goldsmiths’ Fair exhibitor Elizabeth Jane Campbell has been selected as one of this years Crafts Council Hothouse participants.
As the Crafts Councils development programme for up-and-coming makers; Hothouse has quickly established itself as a gold-standard professional development programme. Over the last five years more than 200 participants have taken part in the programme with 90% of makers in 2016 stating that the programme had enabled them to think differently about the direction of their career.
As well as the Hothouse programme, Elizabeth is currently exhibiting her solo exhibition ‘Balance‘ at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh. Shape, material and colour are used to represent balance, or a lack of balance and her use of enamel is crucial to many of her designs.
“My inspiration for this new collection stems from concepts of visual literacy, and specifically, the idea of Balance. Using these visual literacy theories we can break down our ‘ways of seeing’ into the simplest form – including shape, colour and pattern.
I try to communicate a personal sense of balance through my work using geometric shapes, composition, colour and materials – creating simple contemporary jewellery. I work with enamel, and enjoy experimenting with material relationships – whether that’s combining a material with enamel; using enamel on a different material; or simply attempting to mimic a material in enamel, such as stone or concrete. I like to use traditional enamelling skills, such as cloisonné, while always trying to put my own personal stamp on the technique.”
See Elizabeth’s work at The Scottish Gallery until the 1 April 2017