SILVERSMITHING + JEWELLERY DESIGN - GSA ‘19
Seeking aspects in her discipline which are often hidden or misrepresented, Cat Dunn’s final year work investigates the usually dated connotations associated with Crochet, creating incredibly detailed, delicate yet structured pieces, bringing the old craft back into today’s aesthetics.
‘My current body of work has been developed in response to a series of questions about the commercial and artistic aspect of a craft skill. Crochet originated in Scotland but became popular in the houses of the aristocracy, where ladies were expected to pursue some form of needlework to pass the time.
No matter its start, Crochet is a viable skill but is however still seen as “woman's work and not as artistic or commercial.’
Taking inspiration from scaffolding forms of the male-dominated industry of construction, Cat successfully meshes concept with technique: by using modern materials such as steel, silver and paper, she creates Crochet pieces unlike any we’ve previously seen and transforms these stereotypes into a commercial art form.
We were particularly fascinated by the paper Cat used during her process which comes in blocks and is of Japanese origin with a very fibrous quality. ‘I soaked this in my bathroom tub and pulled and soaked and pulled. You can feel the tension in the paper and I basically spent the first couple of days just snapping it’. Once Cat had refined her technique, the width of the paper went down to an astonishing 0.2mm, which matches the wire she hand-pulled to make the final pieces of this collection.