Katherine Richmond is an award winning Contemporary Jewellery Artist based in Northamptonshire. Her work combines the luxury of precious metals with something altogether more ephemeral – the pages of old books. Inspired by the fleeting recollections of memory and the tensions between control and disorder, Katherine uses books as a symbol of permanence and longevity to create wearable and decorative objects that embrace the beauty of the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. In her hands they take on a wholly different life, turning into something much more wistful and mysterious than mere paper.
Katherine’s professional training took place at the renowned School of Jewellery in Birmingham where she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing in 2003 and an MA Distinction from Birmingham City University in 2009. By utilising traditional silversmithing techniques and handmade processes with digital technology, Katherine creates ‘wearable art’ that questions values associated to the permanence of our material belongings. Elements of chance are employed into the making process and original vintage materials are salvaged and given new life to make each piece completely unique.
Now focusing on developing this body of work, Katherine exhibits in the UK and internationally and regularly works to commission creating bespoke gifts using customer’s own books and precious papers. Previous exhibitions include Collect at The Saatchi Gallery, Loot at The Museum of Arts and Design in New York and Sherlock Holmes at The Museum of London. Alongside her practice, Katherine also enjoys being a Mum and works closely with local community groups to facilitate learning and progression opportunities as a Curriculum Coordinator and Careers Advisor for Northamptonshire’s Adult Learning Service. Her work has been featured in many publications including Homes and Antiques Magazine, 500 Paper Objects: New Directions in Paper Art by Lark Crafts and more recently ‘Tales from the Toolbox’ (Narrative Jewellery) by Mark Fenn.
Commissioning a piece of work is really exciting – it is a chance to have something made especially for you and an opportunity to really engage in the creative process.
Perhaps you need accessories to go with a particular outfit or a piece of furniture to fit a specific space in your home. We can work with you to design something truly unique. You’ll be able to discuss your ideas, likes and dislikes with the Maker and together create a piece of craft, handmade for you.
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