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Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson
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.
11 Nov 2018 – 6 Jan 2019 Dazzle@OXO, OXO Gallery, Southbank, London
18-22 Sep 2018 - London Design Festival: Continuum2 The Menier Gallery, London
13 Sep - 5 Oct 2018 - Enjoia’t exhibition at the Design Hub Barcelona
13 Jul - 31 Aug 2018 – Made for the Table Selling Showcase, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London
12-21 Jul 2018 - Hand of the Maker (The Society of Designer Craftsmen Summer Exhibition) Chelsea College of Arts, London
27-30 Jun 2018 – New Designers, One Year In, The Business Design Centre, London
23-26 May 2018 - Adorned Spaces at the SNAG 47th Annual Conference: MADE - Makers Across Disciplines Engage. Portland, Oregon
6 Nov 2017 - 12 Jan 2018 – Getting Started Exhibition, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London
6 Nov - 20 Dec 2017 – Shine 2017, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London
19-23 Sep 2017 – London Design Festival: Continuum1, The Menier Gallery , London
31 Oct - 9 Dec 2017 – 20:20 Visions, The Crafts Study Centre, UCA, Farnham, Surrey
11 Sep - 23 Oct 2017 – 20:20 Visions, Vittoria Street Gallery, School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University
18 May - 30 Jun 2017 – 20:20 Visions, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London
20 Mar - 24 Apr 2017 – 20:20 Visions, Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield Hallam University
14 Jan - 12 Mar 2017 – 20:20 Visions, The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford
15-17 Jan 2017 – Top Drawer (Craft), Kensington Olympia, London
6 - 10 Sep 2016 – Makers at Menier, The Menier Gallery, London
30 Aug - 3 Sep 2016 – MA Show, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey
12-21 Aug 2016 – Designer Crafts on the Mall (Society of Designer Craftsmen summer exhibition), The Mall Galleries, London
16 - 27 Sep 2015 – UCA@OXO, The OXO Gallery, London
June 2015 – Masters on Makers, The Crafts Study Centre, Farnham, Surrey
Having completed her MA in Jewellery at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham in September 2016, Christine 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 jewellery 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 capture and 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.

In July 2018, Christine won the Society of Designer Craftsmen Prize for excellence in the work of a Licentiate of the Society and was upgraded to full Member.

She is a finalist for Enjoia't 2018 contemporary Jewellery Awards, to be held in Barcelona on 6 October 2018.
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Feather Bangle
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Reverso Chain Necklace
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Optical Pendant "Curve" Turquoise beads