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About Jan Rooney

 

Jan, originally from the Midlands, moved to Scotland in 2002 to study at the prestigious Glasgow School of Art and Design.  Jan successfully attained a First class BA Hons degree, specialising in Silversmithing and Jewellery.  In her 3rd year she had the opportunity to study at the Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery in Japan for 6 months. 

Studying in Japan inspired Jan’s style and unique approach to her designs and the materials she works with.  Her inspiration has continued to evolve with subsequent travels and you will see subtle flavours of Morocco, India, and Mexico, just to name a few of the countries she has visited, visible in her work.

Jan’s exploration of the different cultures, architectural shapes, textures of materials and techniques are all central to her designs and creations.  She essentially absorbs her surroundings and then develops and creates beautiful designs that evoke memories through their association, form, shape, colour and texture.

Jan is naturally drawn to creating pieces that are inspired by flowers, due to her other great passion of floristry.

Jan has been involved in floristry since she was fifteen and has continued to design and create in that arena also.

By combining and exploring materials and working in a variety of scales, Jan develops her designs for bespoke commissions but she also has the agility to be successful in the commercial market too.

 

WORK / TEACHING

Feb 2015 to present: Free-lance Designer, Jewellery Maker and Teacher based at The Briggait, Glasgow part of studio 116.

Jan 2010- Feb 2015: Au Boutique & Studios, Great Western Road, Glasgow.

Owner / Manager / Teacher: Evening:  10 week / 5 week / Saturday afternoon / Make your own wedding bands workshops.

Sept 2010 – Dec 2010: Metropolitan University, Glasgow.

Evening class teaching jewellery design/ making at Glasgow Metropolitan College.

Sept and Oct 2009: Metropolitan University, Glasgow.

Covering evening class teaching jewellery design/ making at Glasgow Metropolitan College.

Sept 2009 – 2010: Glasgow School or Art and Design.

Residency program Glasgow School of Art and Design, Department of Silversmithing and Jewellery. (Self-development within my specialist subject of jewellery and teaching and assisting in the workshop at Glasgow GSA.)

EDUCATION

Sept 2009 – 2010: Residency program Glasgow School of Art and Design, Department of Silversmithing and Jewellery. (Self-development within my specialist subject of jewellery and the opportunity in teaching and assisting in the workshop at Glasgow GSA.)

Sept 2007- June 2008 Residency program Glasgow School of Art and Design, Department of Silversmithing and Jewellery. (Self-development within my specialist subject of jewellery and the opportunity in teaching and assisting in the workshop at Glasgow GSA.)

March 2006 to August 2006 Exchange Program at Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.(3 months study and 3 months travel)

2003-2007 BA Honours in Design Silversmithing and Jewellery at Glasgow School of Art and Design. (First Class Honours Degree)

2002-2003 Foundation Studies at Warwickshire College, Leamington Spa, England. (Distinction Grade).

2000-2002 A levels, As Levels in Art, Design, Ceramics, and History at Daventry Tertiary College, Northamptonshire, England.

Training: April 2005 Historical and Critical Studies AD in ED/ GOALS Project: Teaching placement at Lorne Street Primary School. (B+)

AWARDS

July 2007 Short listed for 1999 Design medal 2007 at Lighthouse, Glasgow.

June 2007 Bram Stoker Medal Award for the Best Imaginative Work of the Year. (Awarded by the Director of The Glasgow School of Art and Design, Professor Seona Reid).

June 2007 Incorporation of Hammermen Prize. (Awarded by the Lecturers of the Department of Silversmithing and Jewellery at GSA).

June 2007 Nominated for Newbury Award, Glasgow School of Art.

March 2007 Precious metal Bursary Award (The Goldsmiths Company)

EXHIBITIONS GROUP & SOLO

September 2010: AIR10 on tour exhibition at Platform Gallery, Hatton Garden, London

August 2010: AIR10 on tour exhibition at Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

July 2010: Opening exhibition at Au Boutique & Studios, Glasgow, Scotland.

July 2010: AIR10 on tour exhibition at Lesley Craze Gallery, London.

May 2010: Artist in Residence exhibition, Atrium Gallery, Glasgow School of Art.

June 2008: Artist in Residence exhibition, Atrium Gallery, Glasgow school of Art.

January 2008: Goldsmiths Hall Exhibition as part of “Getting Started” course, London.

January 2008: Collect Exhibition V&A Museum London. (Crafts Council)

November 2007- January 2008: 1999 Design Medal Exhibition at Light House, Glasgow, Scotland.                          

November 2007- January 2008: Dazzle Exhibition at National Theatre, London.

November 2007: Christmas Exhibition at Electrum Gallery, South Molton Street, London.

November 2007- January 2008: Dazzle Exhibition at National Theatre, London.

September 2007: Exhibition at Recoat Gallery. Glasgow, Scotland.

September 2007: Exhibition at Atlantis Gallery, Brick Lane London as part of the Standard Life Brave Art emerging talent exhibition.

July 2007: Exhibition at New Designers, Islington Design Centre, London

June 2007: Department of Silversmithing and Jewellery Degree Show. Glasgow School of Art.                             

June 2006: Solo Exhibition - Yu Gallery Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery, Tokyo, Japan.

March 2006: “Art Brut” exhibition – Atrium Gallery, Glasgow School of Art and Design.

March 2005: “Telling Tales” exhibition – Atrium Gallery, Glasgow School of Art and Design.

TRAVEL / INSPRATION

Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka, Nagoya, Yokohama.

South Korea: Seoul.

India: Bangalore, Goa.

Morocco: Marrakesh, Atlas Mountains, Sahara Desert.

America: New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, St Michaels.

Mexico: Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum.

Spain: Javier, Valencia, Mercia, Barcelona,

France

Austria

Netherlands: Amsterdam

Greece

Italy: Florence, Pisa, Venice

Turkey

Singapore

Kuala Lumpur

Shanghai