Carla Pennie McBride Jewellery Design
I create one of a kind jewellery using mixed metal and resin, ina style that is minimal, organic, contemporary.
There are many things in my life that inspire and motivate me. Nature stirs my imagination. I am both a collector of natural artifacts and an observer of the natural world, I seek to explore the beauty and delicacy of nature, translating the delicate patterns I see into the jewellery work I create.
I am drawn to both traditional and contemporary techniques in jewellery making. I love to experiment and push the boundaries of the material. In my most recent work, I am intensely drawn to the nebulous, yet static qualities of plastic resin. I freeze pieces of silver, traces of paper, leaves of gold and other minuscule fragments, capturing their essence in time. In the resin viscous state I attempt to arrange these objects to create a balance of line and form. Once the resin is set, I often rework the surface to expose the embedded object while leaving the resin semi-translucent. No matter how much preparation and planning is given to the craft of resin jewelry, the maker is always subject to the whims and uncertainty of the chemistry and substance itself. Resin jewelry brings out the alchemist in me because it requires raw, unrelenting experimentation.
Born outside of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Carla Pennie grew up experiencing both the majestic beauty and social challenges of a country experiencing dramatic change. Carla attended the University of Ulster receiving a BA with honors in fine and applied art, specializing in silversmithing and jewellery. After spending the majority of her life in Northern Ireland, Carla decided to work and travel in continental Europe and United States. She participated in a number of work study programs which lead to new opportunities in teaching and museum collection management. She returned to the U.K. in 2001, completing an MA in gallery studies from the University of Essex, in England.
In 2002, Carla Pennie set up home and studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico and now exhibits her work in galleries in both Ireland and the U.S. Her work has been the subject of publications, blogs and periodicals.
58 Old Bally Robin Road
115 – 119 Royal Avenue
Belfast, BT1 1FF
Tel: 028 9032 9342
66-68 Main Street
Bushmills, BT57 8QD
Tel: 077 3033 0284
Ramelton, Co. Donegal
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