Catherine Allen

Catherine Allen

Halifax
In my jewellery practice, I experiment with themes of growth and development both conceptually and technically, exploring the dialogue between art and biology. My current body of work looks at how air affects growth with an examination of how objects and people can be metaphorical and physically inflated. I predominately use electrofoming, a method for growing layers of metal over a substrate in an electrochemical solution. I am excited about the opportunity of collaborating with children and their drawings and to be able to breathe life and air into these two-dimensional forms making them feel real and alive.
Workshops and Activities 
I am working on collection of jewellery pieces inspired by children’s early drawings, the visual language used represent themselves and their families. Jewellery pieces created from drawings will provide a unique voice to the fanciful imaginations and bright ideas of young artists. The results of the project will be shown at the Mary E. Black Gallery in May 2018 as part of an exhibition called Picture This . I am proposing brief in class exercises, where students will have the opportunity to freely express how they view themselves and their families through drawing while exploring new hands-on art making techniques such as screen printing and basic jewellery making. I plan to photograph the drawings, which will be the inspiration source for sculptural development. If your child’s drawing is developed into a piece of jewellery, it will be theirs to keep after the exhibition is over. In Class Activity Details The activities are designed to take place simultaneously so that students are engaged throughout. Students will take home the work created in class. All materials and supplies are provided. (Duration 1-1.5hours) Project one: This is my Family Create a screen-printed and hand drawn family portrait. ProjectTwo: This is Me Create a personal “people” pendant.
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902.422.8929
Grade Levels 
Primary – 3
Areas of Expertise 
3D/Sculpture