IONA McCUAIG

A graduate from the Glasgow School of Art, Artist in residence in Saffron Walden till June 09. Works mainly in silver and incorporates found objects. She aims to bring forgotten stories of the past to life by creating narrative jewellery that is inspired by letters, diaries and books.
Tuesday night was the only night we heard the bombs...

Artist's Statement

When I was ten years old, my dad returned home from work with a plastic bag full of scraps of paper. He had been working in an old house in Grangemouth and had found, the bag, hidden in a wall. Putting the scraps of paper together I realised they were letters, written by a solider living in Glasgow during World War Two and these letters were for his parents, informing them of his welfare. Also in the bag was a regiment newsletter, envelopes and wartime leaflets. Each piece of my jewellery is inspired by a snippet of text from the letters and attempts to recapture a moment in the lives of those living in such uncertain times.
 
After obtaining a First Class Honors in Silversmithing and Jewellery in the Summer of 2008, I am now the artist in residence at Friends’ School in Saffron Walden. I will use this opportunity to research the school's three hundred year old history providing fresh inspiration for more stories to come to life through my jewellery.

Further Images

The digs I have in Bath Street are lousy...

The digs I have in Bath Street are lousy...

Necklace: White Metal

The crockery, cutlery and general appearance are filthy…

The crockery, cutlery and general appearance are filthy…

Brooch: White metal, found object, Patinated.

And to the silent ones...

And to the silent ones...

Brooch: Yellow metal, pencil.


I am going to one of the lad's sister's engagement party tonight.

I am going to one of the lad's sister's engagement party tonight.

Ring: Oxidised white metal, gold leaf detail.

Tuesday night was the only night we heard the bombs...

Tuesday night was the only night we heard the bombs...

Brooch: White metal, Knitting Needles, panit.

So long as the cigarette supply is alright...

So long as the cigarette supply is alright...

Brooch: White metal patinated, matches, string.


I went to see the Doyle Carte Opera...

I went to see the Doyle Carte Opera...

Brooch: White metal.

Potatoes, a pie tea and cakes.

Potatoes, a pie tea and cakes.

Brooch: White metal, copper patinated, paint and gold leaf detail.

Croydon 1825-1879

Croydon 1825-1879

Oxidised white metal, paint, gold leaf.


When writing one line three were produced.

When writing one line three were produced.

White metal and pen nib brooch.

Only the trees could answer.

Only the trees could answer.

White metal and Brass brooch.

School shirt brooch.

School shirt brooch.

White metal and copper brooch.


The mulberry tree watched over games.

The mulberry tree watched over games.

White metal, copper and paint, brooch.

She had bravely held these precious jewels in her hand.

She had bravely held these precious jewels in her hand.

White metal, coral beads and letterpress font necklace.

The drying Ground.

The drying Ground.

White metal, pearls, letterpress font necklace.


Paint brush and Cherry pocket brooches.

Paint brush and Cherry pocket brooches.

Patinated copper, white metal, paint.

Musical note earings.

Musical note earings.

Oxidised white metal and pearls.

We wish him a safe voyage

We wish him a safe voyage

Brooch: White metal, patinated, painted.


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