We are pleased to introduce our new starter studio holders who will be starting work in their studios from September. This is a very exciting time here at Yorkshire Artspace as these early career artists get settled in and find their way around their new studios and equipment.
Aoife White is a silversmith joining us from Bishopsland Educational Trust. A graduate of The University of Ulster in Belfast, she designs and creates unique and imaginative silverware. Like all the starters, Aoife is embarking on a two year programme here which provides her with the studio space and equipment, skills mentorship and business skills training she will need to embark on a sustainable career in making.
Aoife, alongside her fellow silversmith/ jewellery starters Suzanne Berry, Daisy Lee and Francisca Onumah, will be joining Giles Kozdon and Josephine Gomersall in their shared studio here in our city centre Persistence Works building. We wish her the best of luck and we look forward to seeing her work and career develop over the forthcoming two years.
I had heard about the Starter Studio Programme through word of mouth, both from tutors at University and from a number of other silversmiths. I applied once I had seen the applications open in the Contemporary British Silversmith facebook group.
I wanted the chance to develop and learn new skills with the help of skilled technicians, take part in the Design Trust business courses and be mentored by respected makers. Here I feel I will have people to talk to about my career, give me direction and encouragement.
I design and create silverware and jewellery inspired by mythology, nature and the elements. I start off by doing observational drawings of plants and animals, which I then take textures and shapes to create designs for my organic metal forms. I have a great appreciation of silversmithing processes and use a variety of techniques such as chasing, engraving, forging and raising.