Jane Smith's practice has developed from her skill as a maker and as a trained silversmith. Her jewellery practice has developed from her interest in naturalistic forms I.E leaves, moss and butterfly wings. She believes the materials she uses enable her to tell a story, that these materials are not only the work but inhabit it. The transformation; the act of alchemy of materials into something else, is something which excites her as an artist. She wishes to explore the intimacy of the materials and reveal their vulnerability. Fragmentation features heavily in her work and she focuses on the relationship between the materials she uses and their frafility, though the fragments she sees transformation a rebirth. The residency has enabled her to explore the concept of her research into the Japaness skill of Kintsukuroi "to repair with gold". She believes in the philosophy of this ideal, just because something is broken does not mean it is useless, it treats the breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise, which in turn appeals to her as a silversmith and artist.
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