CHRISTINE JOHNSON

Christine Johnson is a contemporary jewellery artist working mainly in precious metals.

Christine completed her MA in Jewellery at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham in September 2016. She then spent a year as Artist-in-Residence at UCA until 30 September 2017. She has taught jewellery in Surrey and Hampshire for four years and leads regular workshops at the Farnham Maltings.

Christine Johnson black necklace

Artist's Statement

 

My jewellery pieces are constructed by hand and each piece is unique. My work is based on the lines and spines in feathers and feather-like forms found in nature. I use the feather’s structure to create three-dimensional objects which, although based on these natural repetitive forms, become abstract sculptural versions of the originals.

I am interested in optical illusion and in creating visual effects within my work. The repetition of lines and the interplay of light, line and space within each piece, creates the effect of another set of lines and patterns. This is particularly apparent when the viewer changes position in relation to the object or when the object itself incorporates movement.

My most recent work is kinetic, making use of movement within the jewellery itself to showcase optical illusory effects. The movement depends on internal mechanisms allowing the wearer to control the visual effects at will. This presents an invitation to the owner of the piece to connect and play with the optical effects inherent within, creating a tactile, reassuring feeling of familiarity.

The concept was to achieve an optical effect (moiré), as in much of my other work, but to give the control of this effect to the wearer of the piece. To achieve this, the pendant must have intrinsic movement so that the piece can be manipulated and allow the effect to be enjoyed by the owner. The effect is stimulating and fascinating and encourages the wearer to play with and enjoy the effects in these unique pieces. One face can be moved whilst the other remains static. Because of the lines arranged in many different styles, there is a variety of patterns and visual effects. In "Curve" fan shapes are created as the piece is manipulated. These pieces can be set in a different position each time they are worn, or even when being worn, creating a piece of jewellery which looks different all the time

Further Images

Optical Pendant 1 Silver

Optical Pendant 1 Silver

Sterling Silver Optical Pendant. Kinetic.

Fluffy Feather Bangle

Fluffy Feather Bangle

Sterling Silver Bangle based on the lines and spine seen in a feather.

Fluffy Feather Ring

Fluffy Feather Ring

Sterling Silver Feather Series Ring.


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