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2018: BA (Hons), Jewellery and Silversmithing, Glasgow School of Art
Iona's jewellery and boxes are a response to her visits to the beaches of Mull, Iona, Skye and those close to her home in the highlands. When she glances across the beach she is naturally drawn to nature's inconsistencies. The beauty of organic lines, forms and patterns are what appeal to Iona. The allure of the movement of the seaweed on the rocks swaying from side to side in the water as the sea retreats became a source of inspiration.
Iona explores movement, textures and elements from her observations of the found objects. She wants to establish a sense of discovery in her work, and to recreate thefeeling of collecting the 'perfect' stone on the beach. She aims to project the compellingfeeling to pick this box up like it is a piece of treasure or the keepsake that demands further exploration. Using multiple techniques enables Iona to explore different textures, movements and finishes within her work, allowing for a variety of interactions.
Iona is based in Reading, Bishopsland Educational Trust.