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  • Currents of Venice [detail], Karolina Baines. Photo: Shannon Tofts

Directory Maker of the Week: Karolina Baines

Karolina Baines is exhibiting at Goldsmiths' Fair Part Two from 3 - 8 October

Our Directory Maker of the Week, Karolina Baines, talks to us about getting into making, what inspires her and her favourite part of the making process.

Who or what got you into making?

I have always been making different things as far as I can remember right back into childhood. Originally I thought I would become a painter, but I fell in love with the very physical processes involved in making jewellery through my time at Art College. I had a great teacher who encouraged me to experiment with lots of different media on diverse scales.

Could you please tell us a bit about your work?

I love creating pieces with characteristics that influence the different senses. I value strong tactile values that work on the imagination and bold colours that inspire confidence or feelings of deep calm, as well as striking sculptural forms that give an impression of movement.

My work is really based in the sketchbook and research process, linework, mark making, impressions of colours and textures, bringing together different ideas.

What are your inspirations?

My inspirations can be quite diverse and based on overlooked details of the world around me.  So you will find colours and textures from Venice, rhythmic lines from basketry and weaving, and the folded pleats of clothing designer Issey Miyake.

What is your favourite part of the making process?

I find enamelling to be endlessly exciting and inventive. You can make many different textures and colours with these small grains of coloured glass.

What are you working on right now?

Right now, I am preparing for several shows - Goldsmith's Fair London, Elements Edinburgh and Dazzle Oxo Tower. As I work I am trying different variations on my designs so that hopefully people will find something a little bit unique at each show.

Find Karolina Baines' on the Crafts Council Directory

See Karolina's work at Goldsmiths' Fair Part Two from 3 - 8 October 2017.

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