A couple of weeks ago we had the pleasure of being invited to the Brighton Uni Graduate Exhibition. Every year we see some absolutely brilliant projects, too many to blog about! But one girls project not only tugged on the heart strings of two animal lovers like ourselves with her concept, but we also wanted to buy all of her work….If only we could afford to!
Katherine’s work is about promoting awareness of endangered animals, portraying that through narrative jewellery. Campaigns that attempt to educate society about the issues that animals face prefer to shock their audience; using guilt to trigger a reaction without providing useful information. As a result, endangered animals have become a commodity in the media; simply counting down the numbers until extinction.
Through her work, Katherine gives an identity to the animals, showing their character, as well as the knock-on effect of their decreasing numbers. By giving them stories that humans can relate to – and by representing them honestly – her work gives the wearer a genuine sense of connection to the cause.
All of her work is hand-carved from wax and cast into the desired material. Each piece has it’s own story based on true events.