Author Archives: christinahirst

About christinahirst

I am a jewellery maker and lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design part of the University of Dundee.

7 days of djcad Degree Show Favs – 5 Sarah Johnston

Today Fine Art student Sarah Johnston her artist statement on the djcad 2011 Degree Show site just says “What’s red and smells like blue paint? Red paint.”

Irreverent and humorous her work concerns the use of internet forums as a way of coping with the unspoken anxieties experienced in daily life.


7 days of djcad Degree Show Favs – 4 Merlin Planterose

Merlin Planterose jeweller and silversmith her work is based on the isolation and nature of The Highlands where she is from.  The main feature of her Degree Collection are raised silver vessels formed by “found” tools such as rocks and made on location in the Highlands. The idea behind this is to create a piece that reflects the harsh rugged nature of its surroundings. She also made a beautiful delicate range of jewellery using simple rounded forms, some with hidden compartments in them and handmade chain.

The way that she uses stones to form and texture the silver creates a beautiful, subtle surface texture and literally turns silver into stone.

7 days of djcad Degree Show Favs – 2 Daniel Cook

Daniel Cook , Fine Art, I really like this show, especially the large photograph on the stairs. He says in his artists statement that his work “focuses on engaging the ambiguity between reality and fiction”. His photographs have an eerie quality, there is something not quite right about the images but you can’t quite work out which parts of them are real and which are not.

7 days of djcad Degree Show Favs – 1 Tim Pryde

It’s that time again, great opening night on Friday and the DJCAD 2011 Degree Show is now in full swing. To celebrate this week I am going to put up my 7 favourites from this year, one every day.

Starting with this work of genius from Tim Pryde in Product Design which will hopefully make chuggers obsolete. I chose this video of user interaction testing rather than the official video which you can see on Tims website, as I loved seeing the way people reacted to and interact with the robot.

He’s fixed the head falling off problem with some stronger glue apparently :)