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Rising Stars is a platform for some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers in crafts, design and applied arts. This curated, selling exhibition will be showcased at the New Ashgate Gallery and also include a programme of makers' professional development events and a £500 prize. The participants are graduating students, recent graduates or at a pivotal moment in their early career due to changed circumstances.
Many of the graduating makers are at cross roads: they have a full portfolio of fabulous ideas, but are yet to establish their business skills and a network of collectors. Rising Stars offers just the right platform, and for many, it is a starting point for an exceptional career. Rising Stars is an opportunity for both makers as well as art collectors who wish to support and collect work by future stars.
Following an open call with 97 applications, 26 makers of exceptional talent were selected by a panel of craft experts, Dr Outi Remes (New Ashgate Gallery), Sharon Ting (University for the Creative Arts) and Debra Allman (UCA). They are Darren Ball, Sandy Buchanan, Niamh Duddy, Jack Durling, Fran Fell, Beth Gates, Rhiannon Gwyn, Faye Hall, Abeer Kayani, Joshua Kerley, Antigone Lentzos, Rebecca Oldfield, Archana Pathak, Rebecca Perry, Laura Plant, Irina Prolygina, Jane Sarre, Jane Sedgwick, Ralph Shuttleworth, Hannah Staber, Olivia Taylor, Hermione Thomson, Nikole Tursi, Claire Walton and Katie Watson.
Rising Stars is organised by the New Ashgate Gallery and supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. We work in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.
Rebecca is a designer, jeweller and silversmith, currently practicing at Bishopsland Educational Trust. Utilising her background in applied art and 3D design, she refashions existing tools and creates entirely new ones in materials such as wood and steel. This gives her the freedom to design, form and shape her larger works and create individually unique pieces. The steel tools Rebecca creates are predominantly used to apply decorative texture and lines to her work giving each piece a distinctive surface treatment.
Styles, notions and connotations from the past intrigue Rebecca and actively stimulate her pieces. She interprets the inspiration which she discovered within the hidden structures and patterns found in microscopic photography. Her main source of inspiration is not something which can easily be seen by the naked eye; instead it is derived from the close examination of organic matter.
She enjoys combining traditional methods and techniques of metalworking with modern technologies in her designs. Within the art world technology can be seen as a constraint or a hinderance on skill and creativity, whereas technology has enabled Rebecca to uncover hidden beauties which enforce her designs.
Rebecca's pieces are decorated with an emphasis on either a display hallmark, intricate pierced work, shallow chasing or contrast finishes.
Rebecca is based in Reading.