Christine Johnson MSDC


About Christine
The creation of visual effects through movement (and the illusion of movement) is fundamental in Christine’s work. The repetition of lines and the interplay of light, line and space create the illusion of another set of lines and patterns. This is particularly apparent when the viewer changes position in relation to the object or when the piece itself incorporates movement. Christine’s kinetic pieces allow the wearer to engage with and control the moiré patterns inherent in these optical pieces and to experience a tactile, reassuring feeling of familiarity.
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Christine completed her MA in Jewellery at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham in September 2016. She then spent a year as Artist-in-Residence at UCA until 30 September 2017. She has taught jewellery in Surrey and Hampshire for four years and leads regular workshops at the Farnham Maltings.

Christine loves repetition and pattern and the interplay of light line and shadow. She is interested in optical illusion and in creating visual effects within her work, using the effect of interference patterns to incorporate Moiré fringes. Many of her pieces are kinetic, allowing the wearer to control the effect and to change the appearance of the patterns each time the piece is worn.

Christine’s work is entirely made by hand and each piece is unique.

Her work has been exhibited in the UK and USA

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2016 - MA Jewellery (Distinction) University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey.

2016-2017 – Artist-in-Residence: UCA, Farnham, Surrey.

13 Jul - 31 Aug 2018 – Made for the Table Selling Showcase, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London, UK.

12-21 Jul 2018 - Hand of the Maker (The Society of Designer Craftsmen Summer Exhibition) Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK.

27-30 Jun 2018 – New Designers, One Year In, The Business Design Centre, London, UK.

23-26 May 2018 - Adorned Spaces at the SNAG 47th Annual Conference: MADE - Makers Across Disciplines Engage. Portland, Oregon, USA.

6 Nov 2017 - 12 Jan 2018 – Getting Started Exhibition, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London, UK.

6 Nov - 20 Dec 2017 – Shine 2017, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London, UK.

19-23 Sep 2017 – Continuum1, The Menier Gallery , London, UK (London Design Festival).

31 Oct - 9 Dec 2017 – 20:20 Visions, The Crafts Study Centre, UCA, Farnham, Surrey, UK.

11 Sep - 23 Oct 2017 – 20:20 Visions, Vittoria Street Gallery, School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University, UK.

18 May - 30 Jun 2017 – 20:20 Visions, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London, UK.

20 Mar - 24 Apr 2017 – 20:20 Visions, Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

14 Jan - 12 Mar 2017 – 20:20 Visions, The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford, UK.

15-17 Jan 2017 – Top Drawer (Craft), Kensington Olympia, London, UK.

6 - 10 Sep 2016 – Makers at Menier, The Menier Gallery, London, UK.

30 Aug - 3 Sep 2016 – MA Show, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey, UK.

12-21 Aug 2016 – Designer Crafts on the Mall (Society of Designer Craftsmen summer exhibition), The Mall Galleries, London, UK.

16 - 27 Sep 2015 – UCA@OXO, The OXO Gallery, London, UK.

June 2015 – Masters on Makers, The Crafts Study Centre, Farnham, Surrey, UK.

July 2018 - The Society of Designer Craftsmen Prize for excellence in the work of a Licentiate of the Society.

July 2016 - Society of Designer Craftsmen, Distinction Award,

July 2018 – Juniper-Bubble Beaker, commissioned by the Goldsmiths’ Centre as a gin-tasting beaker for the Made for the Table Selling Showcase, 13 July – 31 August 2018

January 2015 - July 2017 - Jewellery/Metalsmithing Tutor, 318 Ceramics, The Farnham Pottery, Surrey, UK.

May 2016 - Present - Jewellery Tutor, Surrey County Council, Adult Learning, Surrey, UK.

July 2017 - Present - Jewellery Tutor - Farnham Maltings, Farnham, Surrey, UK.

Professional Memberships
Member of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ)

Member of the Guild of Enamellers (GoE)

Member of Society of Designer Craftsmen (SDC)

Member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)

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