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UCA artist shortlisted for international contemporary jewellery competition

An artist and lecturer from UCA Rochester has been selected to showcase her work at Schmuck 2018 – an international competition for contemporary jewellery, held in Munich in March.

After designing a collection of work which captures contrasting patterns and colours, Lina Petersson, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Jewellery, has been selected to join goldsmiths from 70 different countries across the globe at the event next year.

Lina said: “My jewellery practice is based on material explorations into wood, textiles, plastics and metal. The work I create is influenced not only by the materials, but by the processes connected to them, such as carving, punching and stitching.

“With this particular collection of work, I wanted to capture the contrasting patterns and colours of individual petals, especially those of tulips. The work explores the subtle bleed of pink into white, the harsh contrast of yellow against red, and incorporates a range of surface treatments on lime wood, including acrylic paint, resin and glitter.

“Through this work, I wanted to capture something of the softness of these flowers, but also the exuberance, the too muchness, the joyousness.”  

The prestigious event – Schmuck -  was originally founded in 1959 and is the earliest exhibition on contemporary jewellery worldwide. This year’s event is sponsored by the Bavarian State Ministry for Economics and Media, Energy and Technology, and will take place between 7 – 18 March at the Internationale Handwerksmesse (IHM) in Munich.

Lina adds: “Having previously worked extensively with wood, I wanted to be able to work more directly with the material, deliberately leaving saw marks and imperfections in order to focus on colour and surface textures. This was largely achieved by working with watercolour techniques on wet wood, allowing liquid resin to set on selected surface areas and by adding glitter and small beads to set in liquid resin.”

The finalists for the competition were selected by jury following an open call for submissions.

Lina Petersson necklace