Exhibitions


Coming soon…April 2017

‘Bring on Spring’

Curator, maker & exhibitor

Craft Central


February 27th - 3rd March 2017

Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council Awards Exhibition

Goldsmiths Hall


February 2017

‘Rock-Up Pop-Up’

Crystal themed exhibition showcasing my latest jewellery collection using carved opals

Curator, maker & exhibitor

The Hackney Shop


January 2017

Collaboration with menswear label American Apparel


December 2016

First Open Studios of the London Stratford Jewellery Workshop

Curator, maker & exhibitor


December 2016

Craft Edit Christmas Makers Fair


November 2016

Made in Clerkenwell Christmas Fair

Craft Central


August – November 2016

Renovating my Stratford Workshop installing benches to rent, hold jewellery class & exhibitions.


August 2016

‘One Day Summer Sale’

Craft Central


May - August 2016

4 commissions for wedding & engagement rings.


May 2016

Made in Clerkenwell Summer Show

Maker/Exhibitor

Craft Central


April 2016

‘Bring on Spring’ Pop-Up group show

Organizer/curator, maker & exhibitor

@ Simon Rees - Number Ninety Four Gallery, Columbia Road


March 2016

Women Of the World Festival

Maker/Exhibitor

Southbank Centre


February 2016

‘Loved-Up Pop-Up’ Valentines solo show

Organizer/curator, maker & exhibitor

Craft Central Pop-Up Corner Gallery


January 2016

The Goldsmiths, Craft & Design Council Awards

Silver Award winner - QVC category


December 2015

Blackheath Conservatoire Christmas Makers Market

Exhibitor


December 2015

Candid Arts Centre – Christmas Makers Fair

Exhibitor


November 2015

Made in Clerkenwell Christmas Fair

Maker/Exhibitor

Craft Central


September 2015

‘Progress in Style’ solo show

Organizer/curator, maker & exhibitor

Craft Central Corner Gallery


July 2015

‘Object-ive ‘ Pop-Up shop group show

Organizer/curator, maker & exhibitor

@The Hackney Pop-Up


April 2015

‘Bring on Spring’ Pop-Up shop group show

Organizer/curator, maker & exhibitor

@ Simon Rees - Number Ninety Four Gallery, Columbia Road


February 2015

‘Loved-Up Pop-Up!’ Valentines group show

Organizer/curator, maker & exhibitor

@The Hackney Shop


January - February 2015

The Goldsmiths, Craft & Design Council Awards

Gold Award Winner - Raw Pearls category



December 2014

Stoke Newington Arts & Crafts Christmas Fair

Maker/Exhibitor


November 2014

Limehouse Town Hall Christmas Fair

Maker/Exhibitor


October 2014

‘Rare Beauty’ Pop-Up shop group show

Co-organizer & exhibitor

@ Simon Rees - Number Ninety Four Gallery, Columbia Road


September 2014 

‘Flair’ London Design Week group show

Independent group show with jeweller's collective ArtAm (Art Against Machine)

Co-organizer/co-curator & exhibitor

Central Saint Martins


2014

Lapidary technician for Charlotte De Syllas’

Norwich workshop


2012 - 2013

Affinity - Stoke Newington Church Street

Co-shop manager, curator & resident jeweller


2012

The Mill House Exhibition

Maker/Exhibitor


2012

‘Plastic Fantastic’

Maker/Exhibitor

KK Outlet - Hoxton Shoreditch


2010

Sketchbook Magazine - Artist Residency in Pop-up Gallery - Kingly Court

http://adorngirl.com/category/general/sketchbook-magazine-general/


2009

Antony Gormley’s One & Other Project- Trafalgar Square Plinth

The Subtle Difference in Repetition performance – www.oneandother.co.uk


2009

b-store - Savile Row

Exhibition Window Installation – Metamorphosis (solo show)

http://shop.bstorelondon.com/artnp52.aspx


Professional Development, Training & Education


2015 - 2017

Sidcup Lapidary & Mineral Society - Part-time Classes

Bexleyheath


2016 - Jewellery workshop private tutor Gustavo Paradiso - Vejer de Frontier Spain.


2014 - Lapidary course at Charlotte De Syllas’ Norwich workshop where I also worked as Technician.


2012 - 2013 - Stone Setting & Silversmithing private workshops with Paul Ravn - Forest Hill


2012 - Lapidary summer course with Charlotte De Syllas - London Metropolitan University


2002 – 2005 - BA (Honours) - Fine Art

Subjects: Screen Printing, Film, Performance, Life drawing & sculpture.

London Metropolitan University - Central House, 51-69 Whitechapel High St, London E1


2000 – 2002 - National Diploma in Silversmithing & Allied Crafts

Subjects: Jewellery Design, Jewellery Making, Silversmithing, Enamelling, Engraving and Chasing

London Guildhall University - Central House, 51-69 Whitechapel High St, London E1


1998 – 2000 - HND - Higher National Diploma in Fashion Design & Textiles

Subjects: Fabric construction, Textiles and Dress Making

London College of Fashion - 20 John Princes St, London W1G


1996 – 1998 - National Diploma in Fashion Design & Textiles

Subjects: Fabric construction, Textiles and Dress Making

London College of Fashion - 20 John Princes St, London W1G

Influenced & inspired by Bauhaus, Deco & Futurist Design, I see my jewellery as an extension of my art practices. For me, making jewellery is like working on a small sculpture designed to be displayed on the body. Much like the Bauhaus philosophy of form meeting function jewellery gives me the freedom to break away from the conceptual & focus on the development of practice & skill.


I’ve always loved jewellery for as long as I can remember. My Austrian auntie had a collection of beautiful very expensive jewellery and when I visited her as a child, the first thing I would say was “treasure!” She would then, smile, nod & let me rummage through her jewellery box. She was a very fashionable woman and had a very modernist sense of style. Combinations of silver, gold, oxidised, set with wonderful stones would make me dream at night of finding caskets of buried treasure.


Another early influence were my visits to museums. My parents took me regularly to the V&A, the Natural History Museum and the British Museum. I would stare through the glass cabinets in awe at the Egyptian adornments, trying to figure out how each piece was made, then try to replicate it in copper wire. My mother, an artist herself, would bring home discarded coloured electrical wire, which I would fashion into African style necklaces & earrings and sell at my primary school car boot sale.


My other interests were rock crystals and fossils. At the Natural History Museum the collections were fascinating to me. A perfectly formed sea plant in stone, a trapped beetle in amber or a fossilised opal snail, looked like they had been carved by hand, but in reality they were just a moment of another place in time. I began to look at the history of jewellery from carved tribal artefacts, Chinese figurines or Roman Saxon signet rings. All the time trying to figure out how they were made and it was this continuous questioning that has I believe brought me to where I am now. I am currently working in precious metals and am carving and setting gemstones.

ELSA TIERNEY JEWELLERY

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