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Rosie Wesley

Metalwork Designer-Maker

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About me

Working predominantly in non-precious metals, Rosie Wesley’s range of sculptural work takes it’s inspiration from the New Forest, where she grew up. She is immeasurably interested in natural spaces of the forest; their sense of timelessness and human’s instinctive connection to the materials found there. Her designs focus on three elements; texture, form and negative space. Each piece is a distinct response to a location within the New Forest; constructed from a combination of individual cast pieces of bark and materialized components based on negative spaces from the landscape, which are textured with markings based on her personal feelings and reactions to the environment. These elements come together to realize a subtle, instinctive form, embodying the essence of the landscape. Rosie is really interested in the concept of taking something from the environment, and transforming it and assembling it into something new; giving it a new life away from it’s original environment. The piece then no longer belongs to the original space, but stands for itself, and only carries the essence of the original environment. With the occasional accompaniment of film, audio and photography, her work aims to create a calm and serene ambiance, encouraging the viewer to consider their personal place within natural environments and inspire them to experience these spaces more.

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Skills

  • Adobe Photoshop/indesign/illustrator
  • Metal Casting
  • Basic Metalwork
  • Contemporary Jewellery
  • Photography
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Gallery Sales
  • 3D Artist
  • Sculptor
  • Mould Making

Work history

2016

Junior Exhibition Designer

New Ashgate Gallery

Sep 2015 - May 2016
  • Farnham, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Voluntary assistant, working with the art gallery. ○ Operation of Artlook Software, cataloging items and updating customer information. ○ Collecting customer data via surveys. ○ Handling of artist's work, adjusting displays and labeling work. ○ General cleaning of displays, dusting and tidying.

Education

2017

BA (Hons) Metalwork and Jewellery

University for the Creative Arts

Sep 2014 - Jun 2017
  • Farnham, United Kingdom

Awards

2017

Shortlisted for Rising Stars Competition

New Ashgate Gallery

  • Showcasing exciting new craft by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts programmes across the UK. Shortlisted artists receive the chance to exhibit at the gallery and have their work up for sale. The programme is supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. It is organised in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts.

2017

Goldsmiths' Company Silver Bullion Grant

Goldsmiths' Company

  • A £400 silver bullion grant for final year BA students, to create a domestic or ceremonial piece in silver. Students are selected by college tutors following the approval of the Art Director and Curator.