‘Hortus Conclusus’ – an enclosed garden of veritable earthly delights!
INSTALLATION AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY 2018 AS PART OF COLLECT ‘OPEN’.
Goldsmiths’ Fair will be showing Donna’s latest installation, ‘Altered States’ at COLLECT 2019.
She has created a triptych which extends on the layered photographic work and subject matter shown last year at COLLECT, which explores the materiality of a 2D image by adding an embellished 3D dimension which has been extracted and crafted – or ‘borrowed’ from the photographic image upon which it is mounted. The dye sublimated images are laminated with a faceted lucite facade and set in 18ct Gold, which acts as a beacon for the interplay of light and imparts a sense of intrigue.
Detaching from the image, the brooches act as a broader lens through which we can peer – gaining insight into both the depth and materiality of an image, and revealing that there is more to ourselves and our notion of perception than the conscious mind allows.
All is not what it seems!
Donna is delighted to be showing her work for the 1st time in Paris alongside eight European jewellers, including Ute Decker and Daphne Krinos.
To mark the festive season, Elsa Vanier will be transforming her gallery into a Kaleidoscope of colour …
“… I would stand transfixed before the windows of the confectioners’ shops, fascinated by the luminous sparkle of candied fruits, the cloudy lustre of jellies, the kaleidoscope inflorescence of acidulated fruit drops – red, green, orange, violet: I coveted the colours themselves as much as the pleasure they promised me …”
– Simone de Beauvoir, Mémoires d’une jeune fille rangée, 1958
7 Rue de l’Odéon
You are invited to join us in our studios at the historic Pullens Yard Open Studios and meet the artists and makers over a festive tipple on Friday evening, 30th November from 6:30 – 9:30pm.
Please join me for drinks in my studio:
Friday 30th Nov. 6:30 – 8:30pm
7 Iliffe Yard, Crampton Street
Kennington SE17 3QA.
The Open Studio event will continue throughout the weekend. Purchase unique gifts direct from the artists, and find out how their work is made – or maybe even commission a unique piece for someone special!
Friday 30 November: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 December: 11am – 6pm
Join us for this festive opportunity to buy direct from over 170 independent craftspeople and artist-makers in the heart of Bloomsbury.
If you are looking for unique Christmas gifts, or perhaps a spot of self-gifting for a special occasion in the lead up to the festive season, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase something special from her classic collection of otherworldly floral forms with a contemporary twist. She also offers a bespoke service if you are looking to commission a special handcrafted gift that will be truly treasured.
London WC1N 2NP
Friday 23 November, 1 – 8pm
Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 November, 11am – 6pm
Advance tickets: £5 (includes entry to both Holborn and Deptford)
On the Door: Holborn £6 (inc. free entry at Deptford) | Deptford £4
Please note advance ticket sales end at midnight 18 November
Are you a jeweller or student who makes brooches, yet struggles to realise an interesting back with an integral pin solution?
Daniela Malev, author of the definitive book on brooch backs and innovative pin solutions, ‘To The Point’, will be leading this Masterclass. It focuses on creating interesting brooch backs with solutions to suit your needs over an informative 5 day course.
With lunches provided each day, along with a talk followed by dinner and drinks one evening, it promises to be an illuminating Masterclass set in a relaxed social atmosphere.
Limited to 8 places, book now to avoid disappointment.
For further information & bookings;
T: +44 (0)7904 393430
As a creative, have you struggled to get to grips with the more demanding 3D modelling software packages?
Ann Marie Shillito, author of the book, ‘Digital Crafts – Industrial Technologies for Applied Artists & Designer Makers’, will be leading this Masterclass. She has developed an intuitive haptic 3D modelling software which is perfect for creatives as it is a fluid and intuitive way of working in 3D. Your designs can then be later 3D printed and cast to produce a finished object.
With lunches provided each day, along with a talk by Ann Marie followed by dinner and drinks one evening, it promises to be an exciting Masterclass offering new possibilities and ways of working, set in a relaxed social atmosphere.
Limited to 10 places, book now to avoid disappointment.
For further information & bookings;
T: +44 (0)7904 393430
The work explores the materiality of a 2D image by adding an embellished 3D wearable dimension, which is extracted and crafted – or ‘borrowed’ from the photographic image upon which it is mounted.
The images are laminated with a faceted lucite facade, which acts as a beacon for the interplay of light and imparts a sense of intrigue.
Creating a view finder to an inner world, the lucite object creates a microcosm within the macrocosm of the larger image – a ‘Hortus Conclusus’, an enclosed garden of veritable earthly delights!
The Meet the Maker Talk is at the CAA on Saturday 30 June, 3-5pm:
Meet the Maker – From nature to artifice in Art Jewellery
Saturday 30 June, 3-5pm
Donna Brennan will share her approach to developing this multi-disciplinary collection, which embraces both photography and fine art jewellery. Using photographs to chart the development of Hortus Conclusus, which was in part inspired by a visit to the Munich Mineral Fair, she will discuss both sides of her practice with close inspection of the brooches.
This event is free and informal. Talk begins at 3pm.
For COLLECT ‘Open’ the materiality of a 2D image has been explored by adding an embellished 3D dimension which has been extracted and crafted – or ‘borrowed’ from the photographic image upon which it is mounted, crafting a narrative from image to object. Alluding to ‘Shakkei, which means ‘borrowed landscape’ – the concept is based on the Asian art of landscaping which borrows an existing background landscape into the design of a garden with an emphasis on natural features & rocks. The images are laminated with a faceted lucite facade, which acts as a beacon for the interplay of light and imparts a sense of intrigue. Acting as a view finder to an inner world, the lucite object creates a microcosm within the macrocosm of the larger image – a ‘Hortus Conclusus’, or enclosed garden of earthly delights!
COLLECT ‘Open’ is a unique opportunity for individual makers to show a new body of work of ambitious and challenging work on the top floor of the Saatchi Gallery. COLLECT is the premier event for international galleries to show museum-quality works and installations which define what innovative craft means in 2018.
22 – 25 February, 2018
Thursday 22 February, 12pm – 7pm
Friday 23 February, 11am – 9pm
Saturday 24 February, 11am – 6pm
Sunday 25 February, 11am – 6pm
Duke of York HQ
London SW3 4RY
The museum has curated a group of jewelers whose singular visions are reshaping the modern heirloom. With innovative precious metals and non-traditional gemstones, these jewellers’ designs converge into timeless and inspired pieces.
Please join me on the 17th November, 2016 from 5:30 – 8:30 at the MAD Museum, NYC to toast the jewelers who are Redefining Fine Jewelry!
Museum of Art and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, 10019
IT FORMS PART OF THE PERMANENT COLLECTION OF THE STEDELIJK MUSEUM IN THE NETHERLANDS AS PART OF THE CHP… ? JEWELRY COLLECTION ESTABLISHED BY GIJS BAKKER, CO-FOUNDER OF DROOG.
THE EXHIBITION IS CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF THE COLLECTION AND INCLUDES WORK BY DESIGN LUMINARIES MARC NEWSON AND MARCEL WANDERS.
Established in 1996 by co-founder Gijs Bakker as Chi ha paura….? (Who’s afraid of…?), the label aims to show that jewelry design evolves just like any other design discipline and that a good piece of jewelry is more than a decorative accessory. In the last two decades, chp…? has initiated seven projects based on themes as What’s Luxury?, Rituals and Global Identity. This resulted in more than 120 designs by over 50 designers, including Marc Newson, Ron Arad, Konstantin Grcic, Marcel Wanders, Campana Brothers, Formafantasma and many more.
August 5 – October 2, 2016
Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City
MAKING HER DEBUT AT GOLDSMITHS’ FAIR IN LONDON LAST YEAR, DONNA WILL BE EXHIBITING THERE AGAIN FROM SEPTEMBER 27TH THROUGH TO 2ND OCTOBER.
27 September – 9 October 2016
London EC2V 6BN
AWARD WINNING FINE ART JEWELER DONNA BRENNAN IS MAKING HER DEBUT AT NY NOW. LAUNCHING HER ‘COCKTAIL’ COLLECTION OF CLUSTERED DIAMONDS AND GEMSTONES HEWN FROM 18CT GOLD FOR THE 1ST TIME IN NYC, THE RINGS ALREADY HAVE A LOYAL FOLLOWING AMONGST WOMEN WHO BLAZE A TRAIL – AND NEVER FOLLOW!
THE COLLECTION FEATURES SINUOUS ORGANIC FORMS WHICH WRITHE AND TWIST WITH A PERFECTLY IMPERFECT ASSEMBLAGE OF PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES. SHE PLAYS WITH THE TRADITIONAL LANGUAGE OF JEWELRY, RE-CONFIGURING IT IN A CONTEMPORARY CONTEXT. TRADITION WITH A TWIST!
August 20 – 24, 2016
New York, NY