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ABOVE Silver pendants

Karen Christie

“My jewellery usually takes the form of smooth pebble type hollow beads. I enjoy creating these shapes as they remind me of locked containers withholding a secret.

I try to hint at the interior space by adding decoration using a fine piercing saw. I use several different motifs; Windows, Lock and Key, Messages, Orchids and Bells.

Layered views are in evidence in my work; when designing and making jewellery, I am concerned with up to four layers: the surface, the interior, the background, and sometimes even the wearer (clothing or skin).”

Each piece of jewellery made by Karen Christie carries a small honeybee as a guarantee of originality. The bee symbol has proved so popular that an entire collection has been designed around it.

Major Commissions:
1994 Wedding Collection
1995 Memorial Piece (The Shoe Box)
1996 Memorial Piece (The Bell-Ringers Garden)
1999 Commemorative Piece (The Railway Children)
2000 National Trust – Fountains Abbey (metal collages)
2001 Westminster Abbey – Collection of ten metal collages
2002 Canterbury Cathedral – Collection of twelve metal collages
2003 Conceptual sculpture (Memory Clock)
2004 Three metal collages (Winstanley Hall)
1999  Highly Commended – Shell Livewire regional competition
1999 Most Innovative entrant – Shell Livewire regional competition
2000 Highly Commended – Newcomer of the Year (The Craftsman Magazine)
2001 Highly Commended – Focal Point Award (marketing and innovation)
2001 Winner – Syngenta Award (Holmfirth Artweek)
2001 Regional Winner – Prince’s Trust, Business of the Year Award
2002 National Finalist – Prince’s Trust, Business of the Year Award
2003   Research and Development Grant – Arts Council, Yorkshire
2004   “Producing New Work” Grant – Arts Council, Yorkshire

Karen has been a full time mum to her twins since her last show.

1993 - 94 Sheffield Hallam University BA (Hons) – 3D Design, Jewellery and metalwork
1991 - 93 Epsom School of Art and Design BTEC HND – Design (Jewellery)
1989 - 91 Essex School of Art and Designer BTEC ND – General Art and D

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