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Amanda Denison

I am inspired and intrigued by the traces left behind through decay and dilapidation and by the marks stamped on the urban environment. And I am drawn to repeated elements that distort and change. My fascination with pattern and surface textures translates into my jewellery. I have a fine art background and this influences my approach; I draw into my enamelled surfaces which become vehicles with which to explore and develop mark making. I make wearable art working with precious and non-precious metals which I manipulate to create textured surfaces on which to build my pieces. I enjoy the challenge of combining industrial materials (steel and wet process enamel) with traditional making processes to create distinctive art jewellery. I incorporate patinas and enamels to add colour but my palette is subtle and restrained. I deconstruct my pieces after kiln firing. I gently stone away the glassy surface layers to create subtle areas of hue and tone and a smooth matt surface. When patches of bare steel are revealed they are encouraged to rust. Each piece is unique for although I can repeat the processes there is always an element of chance and no two pieces are ever exactly the same.

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