Ruth is an independent jewellery designer/ maker from Glasgow. Ruth graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in June 2016, and shortly afterwards, set up her own business. She completed a year long residency at The Glasgow School of Art before relocating to Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, where she was Hurstpierpoint College’s first Jeweller in Residence from August 2017 until July 2019.
Ruth’s work takes its inspiration from the places which she inhabits. Initially, Ruth has drawn on the sleek, linear elements of Glasgow’s architecture- the city where she grew up, and Glasgow’s Mackintosh has had a strong influence on her work. Later in 2019, Ruth will travel to Perpignan to undertake a second apprenticeship with renowned art jeweller Philip Sajet, and will then go on to Tallinn, where she will be an Artist in Residence at the Estonian Academy of Arts.
Ruth exhibits nationally and internationally.
One’s environment is no small component of their identity. Therefore, it’s reflection within their jewellery is telling. Through my practice, I aim to create visual manifestations of the multifaceted intricacies of personal identity, as reflected in the places which one inhabits and frequents.
My work- in precious metals and resin-interprets the traditional concepts and forms of a looking glass, through experimentation with space and reflectivity. A sense of universal familiarity is evoked within the wearer and viewer, as the ubiquitous connotations provide an immediate area of connection. Mirrors are central to the concept of self- reflection and identity, as they provide a way to see something that we would not otherwise be able to.
Reflective surfaces, along with the contrasts created by repetitions in the urban environment- and the changes which accompany the movement of light against simple, linear planes- provide me with a basis for visual exploration. The moment where tangibility ends and the ephemeral starts.
Drawing on these investigations into distorted and fragmented reflection, shadow, and space; I explore illusion and perception through the sculptural frameworks of jewellery objects. Where solid, tangible forms are reduced to transient images, the fragmentary nature of observation and understanding is depicted.