'A moment to come'

'A moment too late'

'A treasured moment on Hope Street'

Bronze, copper, silver, steel, plastic, acrylic paint, latex.

9x4x2 cms

From series of 16 medals about moments

in my everyday life entitled

     'Sensing every moment: a celebration of the ordinary'

Ailsa Morrant, 2018.

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All text and images are the intellectual property of the website author, Ailsa Morrant.

Photo by Shannon Toft

About

My creative aim is to help enhance the way we live our lives through using and appreciating the materiality of the everyday as a tool to assist happiness and contentment.

I use jewellery expressively as it is a potent medium to explore and discuss the relationship and tension between materiality, materialism and fulfilment.

My work is gently activist, trying to prompt us to consider and discuss what we wear as jewellery, who makes it and how and why we wear it.

It is about what I can do to enable others to routinely reflect, express and celebrate their mindful, ordinary moments.

I like catching everyday moments: the fleeting, instinctive, subconscious ones that are connections with ourselves and with others.

They are the gap between us being and becoming.

The bit that is so difficult to grasp because we often rush past it.

Over before we are even aware it was happening.

Vital moments.

Both good and bad moments.

The ones that make us think, muse and connect.

Sensing Every Moment 

A celebration of the ordinary.

A portrait series on medals to everyday moments in my life.

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Handshake (dexiosis): organs of society

Society is vital and created by continuous, instantaneous, subconscious and instinctive connections with ourselves and others.....mostly occuring  without direct physical contact. When we do physically touch, as when we shake hands, our senses process the moment before we are even aware it has occurred. We reveal ourselves for a split second. You can not unshake a hand once shaken and the potential of what has been created is unknown.

I recorded and cast the palm to palm space of a handshakes. Laid out in a sequence each forms was unique and they resembled small internal organs or the organs of society - forms made by a social ritualistic action of connection. 

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Celebrating the moment

Instantaneous adornment with momento vivere and carpe diem

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Balloon  ring

Catch, share and cherish the moment brooches

In the moment brooch

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Balloon knot rings

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Anticipate the moment brooch

Concrete Shadows

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modular unit fused

4  moveable sets of the modular units that fit together to  enclose a  space for a candle  holder or a vase.

Tall modular component  inserted into central space to form a bud vase with 4 chambers.

#Tekhne_logy: Mamoth Task

Working the land and masculinity are twinned together - industrialisation and technology challenge this ancient perception.. 

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Make a wish, hold a wish

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Tideline

The form, shape and objects  of  tideline  reflect  the cyclical interaction of natural forces and human detrius.

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Exhibitions

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Exhibited work:

2011 ‘Fire and Fibre’ Exhibition, Collins Gallery, Glasgow

2015 Portfolio Exhibition, Tramway, Glasgow

2015 Glasgow Goes Green Festival Exhibition, SWG3, Glasgow

2016 Mackintosh Reimagined Exhibition, Mackintosh Gallery, GSA

2016 Thinking Through Making Exhibition, Reid Building, GSA.

2016 New Dreams Exhibition, Clarke &Fyfe Gallery, Bourdon Building, GSA

2016 Buzzcuts Performance Arts Festival, Pierce Institute, Glasgow.

2017 #Tekhne_logy Exhibition, Project Space 1, GSA

2018 Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council Awards Exhibition, Goldsmiths Hall, London,

2018 Degree Show, Reid Building, GSA

2018 New Designers, Islington Business Centre, London

2018 Mission Gallery, Swansea

2018 Galerie Marzee, Netherlands.

Degree Show 

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#Tekhne_logy

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Mack Re-imagined

In this project 2 groups of students were provided with retrieved, charred materials from the 2014 Mack fire - one group constructed installations and the other, paper works. I participated in the latter. The project culminated in a pop up exhibition in the Mack gallery for one day, accessed by escorted tours only.

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Go Green Glasgow

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Profile

Current Status: 2018-19 Artist in Residency Glasgow School of Art.

 

Education:

2018 First Class BA (Hons) Silversmithing and Jewellery Design, Glasgow School   of Art 

2015 Portfolio Year, Tramway Visual Arts Studio, Glasgow

2001 Higher Art, Cardonald College, Glasgow

1992 MSc Public Health, Manchester Turner University

1983 Bachelor of Dentistry, Glasgow University

 

Awards, shortlists and nominations:

2018  Peter Wylie Davidson Memorial Prize, The Glasgow School of Art

2018  Glasgow School of Art Chairman’s Medal for Design

2018  New Designers Hallmark Studio Award

2018  Mark Fenn Award, Association for Contemporary Jewellery

2018  Finalist for New Designers Business Design Centre Award

2018 Shortlisted for Jane Phillips Graduate Artist Award, Mission Gallery, Swansea

2018 Shortlisted for Visual Arts Scotland Graduate Artists Showcase

2018 Shortlisted for Galerie Marzee, Netherlands for International Graduate Showcase.

 

Exhibitions:

2011 Fire and Fibre, Collins Gallery, Glasgow

2015 Portfolio, Tramway, Glasgow

2015 Glasgow Goes Green Festival, SWG3, Glasgow

2016 Mackintosh Reimagined, Mackintosh Building Gallery, Glasgow School of Art

2016 Thinking Through Making, Reid Building, Glasgow School of Art

2016 New Dreams, Clarke & Fyfe Gallery, Glasgow School of Art

2016 Buzzcuts Performance Arts Festival, Pearce Institute, Govan

2017  #Tekhne_logy, Project Space 1, Glasgow School of Art

2018 Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council Competition, Goldsmiths Hall, London

2018 Degree Show, Reid Building, Glasgow School of Art

2018 New Designers, Islington Business Design Centre, London

2018 Mission Gallery, Swansea

2018 Galerie Marzee, Netherlands.

 

Commissions:

From 2018 body of work entitled ‘Sensing every moment: a celebration of the ordinary’ a portrait series of 16 medals to everyday moments

  • 2018 Glasgow School of Art commissioned, for a corporate gift,

          ‘A moment of achievement’  

  • 2018 The Peter Wylie Davidson Collection commissioned, for the collection,

    ‘A treasured moment on Hope Street’

  • 2018 Board of Glasgow School of Art commissioned for the School’s archive collection, 

    ‘A moment in Munich’, ‘A historic moment’, ‘A bittersweet Advent       moment'

Contact

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ailsamorrant.artdesignmake@gmail.com

www.ailsamorrant.com

All text and images are the intellectual property of the website author, Ailsa Morrant.

Photo Credit- ND18