Rather fittingly and following on from my last post, you can now find a collection of my jewellery at the Wellcome Collection in London, just opposite Euston Station. For other stockists around the country see my stockist page: http://www.kategilliland.com/page10.htm
I visited the museum this morning and wanted to share with any one who will listen how great it is. I always go straight to the medicine man collection a fantastic visual education, with the perfectly picked, life and death symbols from history. From memento mori to phallic amulets there are so many fascinating and weird objects, so thought I would share a few faves.
Half dead, half alive, often these models and paintings are depicted as the rich and imply that death strikes all.
'seen as either the end of a journey or the beginning of a new one. Death has always been a vital concern to the living'
Reliquary Chest- A reliquary 'bear ones petitions directly to god'
Peruvian mummified male c. 1200- 1400
A great mix of amulets.
I would love to own these.
The display of the artificial limbs looks like a Victorian invention in itself. Some really intricate and decorative limps and some simple wooden carved ones.
I would love to have visited Henry Wellcome's house!
Just had to share this too! A nudist cycling outing! Brilliant!
A very exciting show to be a part of indeed and met so many interesting people. It was great to be part of the Design Space collective once more and we might not have enjoyed the setting up too much but a few drinks at the private view soon sorted us out.
I took several new pieces to the show. Let me know what you think!
Its been a while since I last blogged, It seems no time at all since talking about starting at design space and now I am almost half way through. It is great being in a shared workshop with all the girls, we really keep each other going. So I am now busy getting ready for the Britsh Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate, I'm working on a few exciting new quirky pieces so that's been fun.
This is my bench in the workshop, looking a a little cluttered at the moment. I prefer the term organised mess.
A small preview of what I'm working on at the moment.
Imaginary tales from the past encapsulated in found and treasured objects spark my imagination. Old collections, cabinets crammed with an eclectic mix of the weird and the wonderful inspire a great deal of my work. I try to set my own stories in my pieces and stir the fantastic to life. Small dead creatures, skulls, teeth, bone, pieces all gathered from various places all hold their own story and underpin my work. Protective cases preserve and record the found treasures and act as small reliquaries, bringing atmospheric stories to life, illuminating, evoking and asking questions.