Dimensions: 110x110x50mm each
100% Recycled Sterling Silver, Silver Gilt
The tools we build to explore outer space (telescopes specifically) influenced the designs of these bowls by Karen Westland. Questions of time and our desire to further understand the meaning of life resonate in these objects.
Karen was interested in making objects where all the components were assembled ‘on site’, in a similar way to the gargantuan telescopes inspiring her thought process.
The infinity bowls challenge preconceived ideas about how silverware is made. The outer wire construction includes the processes of laser cutting silver sheet, and laser sintering nylon which is then cast into silver. The cast sections are riveted by hand around the bowl using a PUK welder.
Working with traditional techniques and new technologies, Karen Westland creates refined silverware and jewellery using 100% recycled precious metals and other responsibly sourced materials. She is inspired by ‘tools’ built in order to explore outer space and how the invisible is revealed through these tools. The relationship we have with the universe, questions of time and our existence are also underlying subjects of her work.
Employing a considered selection of materials, 3D printed and handmade components, Karen’s designs include elements of distortion, illusion and changing perspectives, executed with a high level of precision. Her recent work explores shared objects which encourage those who interact with them to initiate discussions about their world views.
Karen also works with Fairtrade gold and silver.