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Introducing Imogen Clarkstone

Where did you hear about the Starter Studio Programme?

I found out about it at New Designers and through University.  I studied Three dimensional design at Manchester School of Art (2009-2012) and had just completed MA in Jewellery,Silversmithing and Related Products at Birmingham School of Jewellery before starting at Yorkshire Artspace.

Can you describe your practice?

I am a Silversmith but so far I have worked mainly with copper. My current collection of containers explore form and contained space through the use of traditional sheet metal working techniques, in particular the method of scoring and folding sheet metal to create sharp cornered pentagonal forms. My vessels draw attention to their contained space while interacting with their surrounding environment. Some of the vessels achieve this through the use of bright block colour and chunky wooden forms that conceal and divide up the internal space while extending into the external space. Others use the lines of solder to draw the eye through the container.  

I hope to develop more knowledge about the business side of my practice as well as using the opportunity of being in a shared studio to improve and share technical knowledge and experiences. What have you enjoyed most so far (ie., in Sheffield if you moved here recently or in your studio environment) I have enjoyed the fact that Sheffield is not as spread out as other cities I have lived in, and feels like a city which is very proud of its heritage. I also enjoy the fact that it is such a green and active city and it is never far to the Peak District.

Where can people see your work?

I will be at open studios where I will have some examples of my work and my working process.  @IClarkstone