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White Twisted Ruffle Neckpiece

Polypropylene, nylon-coated stainless steel, 400x300x30mm,
Photographer, Trevor Hart

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Pink Twisted Ruffle Neckpiece

Polypropylene, nylon-coated stainless steel, 400x300x30mm,
Photographer, Trevor Hart

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Black And White Cluster Bud Neckpiece

Polypropylene, nylon-coated stainless steel, 400x300x30mm,
Photographer, Trevor Hart

jewellery/seodra

Rachel McKnight

Rachel McKnight designs and produces necklaces, bangles, rings and brooches in plastics and rubber. Her practice is driven by the excitement of sourcing and experimenting with new materials, inspiring her to produce original and innovative sculptural pieces.

McKnight utilises new technologies such as laser cutting, enabling her to develop intricate designs. She is interested in combining man-made, industrial products with delicate and traditional patterns. Simple and uncomplicated shapes are at the essence of McKnight’s jewellery and she continually explores ways to reproduce these shapes in her work. The work is also influenced by the contrast between transparent and opaque colour. Plastic materials allow her to explore this contrast in detail.

McKnight graduated from the University of Ulster in Belfast in 2003.

Collections

National Gallery of Ireland
University of Ulster

Selected Awards

2009 Creative Industries Innovation Fund, Arts Council of Northern Ireland
2008 RDS National Crafts Competition, 1st Place in the Jewellery category
2005-2007 Craft NI’s “Making It” Programme
2007 Export Grant from CARD
2005 RDS National Crafts Competition, 1st Place in the Jewellery category

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2011 Solo Show, Galerie Caractere, Neuchatel, Switzerland

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

2012 The ART of CRAFT EXHIBITION, Armagh
2011 SEOID 11, Pieces of Eight, Melbourne; Studio 20/17, Sydney, Australia, 21st Century Icons, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ornament, Rua Red, Dublin
2010 MATERIALPoetry, The American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA, Quartet, SpaceCRAFT, Belfast, Embracing Technology, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Design Shop, Royal Exchange, Manchester, UK
2009 Rememberrings – 1 Year On, Galerie Beeld; Aambeeld, Enscede, The Netherlands
2008 Rememberrings, Galerie Beeld; Aambeeld, Enscede, The Netherlands, 50 Rings, SpaceCRAFT, Belfast, Image of Longing, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Whispers, Royal Birmingham Society of Arts, UK, Going Green, SpaceCRAFT, Belfast; Dundalk Arts Centre, Co. Louth
2007  Made, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK, County Down Crafts Annual Exhibition, SpaceCRAFT, Belfast, Embrace, Da Capo Goldsmiths, Dublin, Ecology, Mythology, Technology, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Emerge and Infuse, SpaceCRAFT, Belfast
2006 Adorn, Da Capo Goldsmiths, Dublin

 

Gallery Representation

SpaceCRAFT Gallery, Belfast
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Gabi Green, Munich, Germany
Neuner Schmuck, Kitsbuhel, Austria
Lucia Odescalchi, Rome, Italy
Galerie Caractere, Neuchatel, Switzerland
Charon Kransen Arts, New York, USA
Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, USA

Contact Details:

Rachel McKnight
23 Belvedere Manor
Belfast
Co. Antrim
BT9 6FT

T. +44 7815 745 303
E. info@rachelmcknight.com
www.rachelmcknight.com