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INTRODUCING - our new starter silversmith HELENA RUSSELL

We are pleased to introduce our new cohort of starter studio holders who will be beginning their two year programme here at Yorkshire Artspace in October. This is a very exciting time here as six new artists get settled in and find their way around their new studios and equipment.

How did you hear about the Starter Studio Programme?

Through a variety of people, such as tutors at university, people who have done the programme before and other artists in residence at Persistence Works.

What made you want to apply?

After talking to silversmiths and jewellers who had previously done the programme, I knew it was the right next step for me now I’ve finished my studies. I was also interested of the benefits of the programme and working alongside fellow designer- makers.

Can you describe your practice?

My practice revolves around interaction and use through the form and tactile aesthetics of each piece. I explore different techniques through my collections, for example ‘The Container Collective’ a collection of containers which invite playful interaction by opening and closing with simple mechanical movements.

Throughout my studies my skills have grown especially during my Masters where I experimented with ceramics and used these new techniques to help expand my design thinking. I have also began to explore patination after training I undertook with silversmith Rebecca de Quin, where we experimented with a variety of different techniques, this is something I have introduced through my new collection ‘Dissimilarity’.

What are you looking forward to most about joining the programme/moving to Sheffield?

I look forward to meeting fellow silversmiths and jewellers on the same programme and other artists in the persistence building. Also I am looking forward to seeing how my work progresses and possibly evolves with the help and influence through mentors, technicians and fellow artists.

Where can people see your work?

My work can be found on my website also on Instagram and Twitter.

I am also exhibiting my work at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Manchester (11-14th October).

Twitter: @Helenamade

Instagram: Helena.made