Yvonne Gilhooly is showing at the Elements festival in Edinburgh from 4 - 6 November
Our Directory Maker of the Week, Yvonne Gilhooly talks to us about getting into making, what inspires her and what she loves most about her work.
Who or what got you into making?
A fascination with tools and their function, the alchemy of materials, the possibility of an idea becoming a tangible object...all these captured my interest and continue to inspire me.
Tell us a bit about your work?
Using traditional goldsmithing skills and tools, my practice is an exploration of geometry in all its poetic forms. I am fascinated with line, form and the void, this is where I begin. My designs continue to develop whilst at the bench allowing me to respond intuitively to materials. Recent work showcases a bold combination of gemstones and precious metals in an exploration of shadow and light.
What are your inspirations?
My current series 'Umibe No Niwa' is inspired by my seaside garden, the quality of light on the west coast of Scotland and the rugged landscape.
This is my attempt to create a visual haiku.
What is your favourite part of the making process?
The rhythm of research, design development, model making and test pieces are an integral part of my artistic practice.
Where the outcome takes me is my favourite part, it’s a journey and often the end result surprises me!
What are you working on right now?
I am finalising a trio of vessels which I will exhibit as an integral part of my current series at Elements 2 in Edinburgh, 4-6th November and Dazzle, OXO in London, 13th November 2016 - 8th January 2017.