Shimara Carlow

Shimara Carlow
Designs Gallery, 179 King Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1DZ, Scotland
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shimara@shimara.com
2018 Choice, ACJ Members Exhibition, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
25th Anniversary Exhibition, Bishopsland Educational Trust, Oxon
Artisans in the Gardens, Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens
Botanica Immortalis, Jam Factory, Adelaide
Art Ring, Tomfoolery, London
2017 – 2018 About Face, Courtesy of the Artist, Sydney
2015 - 2018 Wedding Showcase, Tomfoolery, London
2017 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Project Space, Sydney
Sparkle, Ihnen Atelier, Sydney
2005 - 2017 December Collection, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2016 Choice, ACJ, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2010 - 2016 Ring Leaders, Pyramid Gallery, York
2014 30 Years in the Making, Lesley Craze Gallery, London
Spoons, Belton House, Lincolnshire
Victory, Pieces of Eight, Melbourne, Australia
Danske Solvsmede, Koldighus Museum, Denmark
2013 Dining for Silver, Christies, London
Artisans in the Gardens, Sydney, Australia
2011 – 2012 Artspace, Barn Galleries, Henley – on Thames
2011 Christmas Collection, Beaver Galleries, Canberra
Pieces of Fate, Pieces of Eight, Melbourne
2010 Wrapped, Studio 2017, Sydney
Jewellery in Bloom, Platform Gallery, London
To Have and to Hold, Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire
British Silver Week, Hamilton and Inches, Edinburgh
2006 - 2009 Origin - The London Craft Fair, Somerset House, London
2009 British Silver Week - David Fowkes Gallery
Bishopsland Exhibition - The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Side x Side, Edge to Edge, Hame Castle, Finland
Collect - The Saatchi Gallery, London
Cut Fold Stitch, Aaron Faber Gallery, New York
2008 At Table - Blackwell, the arts and crafts house, Cumbria
2007 - 2008 Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxon
2006 - 2008 Dazzle - Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
2008 British Silver Week – Lesley Craze Gallery, London
2004 - 2008 Collect - The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
2004 - 2007 Goldsmiths' Fair, Goldsmiths' Hall, London
Rising Stars - Goldsmiths' Hall, London
2006 Gifted - National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh
2005 - 2006 Dazzle - National Theatre, London
Scottish Signature - Beeld en Aambeeld, Enschede, Holland
Emerging Talent – Lesley Craze Gallery, London
2005 Chelsea Craft Fair - Chelsea Town Hall, London
International Arts and Crafts – The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Born in a remote coastal area in West Cork, Southern Ireland in 1979, a childhood fascination for collecting shells, stones, mermaid's purses, feathers and seed pods found along the sea shore has been the inspiration for my work.
While studying at Glasgow School of Art, I experimented with found objects and silver as mediums for creating large sculptural pieces of jewellery and smaller silversmithing pieces. My work has always been very tactile and organic and the use of these natural found objects enhances this tactility.
I began a residency at Bishopsland Workshops in South Oxfordshire in 2002, where I spent two years. I used the opportunity to experiment with larger scale silversmithing and to develop a range of silver and 18ct gold jewellery.
I moved to London in 2004, where I set up my own business and workshop, and continued to develop and sell my work. I have now re located to Melbourne Australia, where I have been creating new ranges of both silversmithing and jewellery inspired by my new surroundings.

My jewellery has been inspired by natural forms, primarily seedpods and I have created a body of work based on pod like structures. I use silver, 18ct gold, silk paper and gum nuts to create my jewellery. Collections include "gum nut", neckpieces, rings and earrings constructed from both silver and real gum nuts and "honesty", whitened and reticulated silver ovals, which resemble honesty leaves, constructed in to long articulated neckpieces and bracelets.
I have several ranges in 18ct gold with precious stones such as diamonds, pink sapphire and aquamarine, including a selection of wedding and engagement rings.

New work I will be launching this year includes “acorn cup cluster”, clusters of individual acorn cup units assembled to hang in long articulated chains which adorn the body. And a new silver and gold wrap range set with diamonds, along with a new selection of silver and 18ct gold engagement rings set with diamonds.
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diamond, sapphire and tourmaline stack rings
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Gold and silver wrap rings
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18ct gold and aqua marine wrap ring