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Victoria Hodgkiss

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  • LevelJunior
  • LocationUnited Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsJewellery Artist - Jewellery Designer

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About me

Victoria creates jewellery in her home studio by the sea with meaning beyond the visual. All materials are actively selected due to their stories, metals are all recycled or fair trade meaning less harmful mining in the world and improving working conditions for the minors who put their lives in jeopardy for us to have beautiful things. Gemstones are ethically sourced from a highly regulated supplier who personally strives to supply ethical stones to the trade. Visual inspirations come from seeing metal in the liquid form and watching it rapidly solidify and the beautiful organic shapes it naturally forms, this too is where Fordite fits in having been liquid in a spray state at the car construction plants years ago forming into solid lumps of landfill before the happy accident of an unknown American who cut into a lump of Fordite and discovered its colourful beauty. This being said the contrast between smooth stones and rugged metal gives a tactile experience that begs to be touched and one won't often been seen without the other. With 3 years of predominantly self taught experience Victoria was desperate to learn more from a formal education and so undertook an additional 3 year BA at Truro and Penwith college run by Plymouth University, working also as a bench jeweller for a local successful jeweller during the summer break. Prior to this Victoria sold jewellery in a number of local galleries and took part in many local fares and events but it was wile studying that she was able to take part in two exhibitions in London, one being 'Inspired 2016' at The Goldsmiths Centre and also 'Pewter Live 2016' where she was awarded the Partners in Pewter prize for her work of a lotus flower inspired incense burner on a storm felled wooden base. Victoria also possesses the skills of a silversmith and has successfully hand raised a number of vessels from scratch in a variety of metals, this ability is owing to a week long intensive tuition from Andy Putland of Padgham&Putland at The Goldsmiths Centre, London.

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Skills

  • Bench Jeweller
  • Contemporary Jewellery
  • Design Jewelry
  • Fashion Jewellery
  • Metal Jewellery

Work history

Currently

New Designers Exhibitor

New Designers

Jun 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Jeweller, exhibiting with Truro and Penwith College. Week 1, stand JC40

2015

Bench Jeweller

Justin Duance Jewellery

Jun 2015 - Sep 2015
  • Newlyn, UK
  • Full Time
  • During the university summer break of 2015 I worked as a full time bench jeweller originally covering holiday work but continuing until studies recommenced.

Education

2016

FdA Jewellery Silversmithing Design

Truro and Penwith Colege

Sep 2014 - Jun 2016
  • United Kingdom
  • I studied a BA in Silversmithing and Jewellery at Truro College on a course run by Plymouth Uni as a top up from a Foundation degree at the same institution. Studies covered a wide range of traditional craft skills and design.

2017

BA Silversmithing and Jewellery

Truro and Penwith College

Sep 2014 - Jun 2017
  • United Kingdom
  • I studied a BA in Silversmithing and Jewellery at Truro College on a course run by Plymouth Uni as a top up from a Foundation degree at the same institution. Studies covered a wide range of traditional craft skills and design.

Awards

2016

Partners in pewter

The Pewterers Hall, London

  • As part of my Fda studies it was requested to enter the Pewter Live competition in London and I won the Partners in Pewter Prize for my lotus flower inspired storm felled wood and pewter incense burner.