For Out The Blue (nov 2012) Kath Libbert has chosen nine new BA and MA graduates from all over the UK: ‘Spotting and then supporting the work of cutting edge new graduates has always been extremely central to the ethos of the gallery. Forging a career straight out of college is really challenging. Now, more than ever, it is vital to exhibit and encourage these incredibly talented jewellers at this formative stage in their careers. In this Olympic year we think we can spot a winner….the gold medalists of the future!’
Francesca Flynn rings
Francesca Flynn, Glasgow School of Art, whose sparkling crystalline collection epitomizes the title of the exhibition, Out The Blue, explores the facets of natural and constructed crystals creating vibrant jewellery.
« I use a combination of metals, moulded resin, rubber coatings, wood and crystal elements. My work explores themes of fragility and impermanence which are developed into wearable objects. I am a graduate of 2012 and will be Artist in Residence at Glasgow School of Art for 2012/13 »
« My interest in the combination of art and science combined with a childhood fascination with rocks and fossils led me to experiment with crystal growth. I used this initially as a visual source, which then developed as a method and material for creating work. The vivid blue hue of copper sulphate crystals inspired the colour of resin for this collection. My work explores the beauty and impermanence of crystals that I have grown and the fragility of natural crystals. I recreate these forms in resin and metal to make my own amalgamated formations which become stable, wearable objects. »
Francesca Flynn – ‘fusion formation’ resin & silver brooch 2012
Francesca Flynn ‘Fragmented Formation’ brooch in resin and white metal
Francesca Flynn ‘Fragmented Formation’ brooch
Francesca Flynn– Rutile Shards Brooch – Structure created using balsa wood and adhesive, coated in acrylic paint with quartz point elements.
Francesca Flynn – Multidues of Blue, Necklace Resin, Steel – April 2013
Francesca Flynn (The Glasgow School of Art) « Emanating from Fragility », brooch, bronze and resin – Awarded by The Peter Wylie Davidson Memorial Prize 2012 Purchased for the beginning of the memorial collection
Francesca Flynn - Inclusions, ring, October 2012 resin, silver
Francesca Flynn rings
Francesca Flynn – Rutile Ring Series Dark Aggregate; oxidised cast silver, Apatite crystal elements Emerging Blue; oxidised cast silver, moulded resin element Dark Shards; oxidised cast silver, Apatite crystal elements
Francesca Flynn Erosion Ring Series Sugar crystals embedded in resin, set in cast silver. Moulds were taken of crystal growth to create both resin and silver forms.
Francesca Flynn – necklace - at New Designers 27-30th June 2012, London