Shimara Carlow was born in a remote coastal area in West Cork, Southern Ireland in 1979, a childhood fascination for collecting shells, stones, mermaid’s purses, feathers and seed pods found along the sea shore has been the inspiration for her work.

Shimara completed a degree in Silversmithing and Jewellery in 2001, at the Glasgow School of Art, and went on to a 2 year residency at Bishopsland Workshops in South Oxfordshire. In 2004 Shimara moved to London where she set up her own business and workshop, and in 2008 she re located to Melbourne Australia, where she now has a beautiful garden studio, allowing her to look after her young family and continue to create her jewellery and silverware.

Shimara’s work has been inspired by natural forms, primarily seed pods. She uses silver, 18ct gold, gum nuts and a dazzling array of precious stones to create her tactile jewellery.

Collections include “Acorn cup cluster”, clusters of individual acorn cup units assembled to hang in long articulated chains which adorn the body, and “Honesty”, whitened and reticulated silver ovals, which resemble honesty leaves, constructed in to long articulated neckpieces and bracelets. “Wrap”, inspired by birds nests and natural structures, “Acorn cup”, first designed while studying at The Glasgow School of Art and “Gum Nut”, which is inspired by  Australia, and collected and sketched gum nuts from the Adelaide arboretum.

While keeping her organic style, Shimara has created a  simple yet unique collection of precious rings, including a range of wedding and engagement rings, some incorporating elements of her stacking rings, all combining subtle texture with a variety of stones in rich beautiful colours, particularly grey’s, blues and greens.

Shimara’s silversmithing range is also based on pod structures; She creates small and large pod vessels, bowls, vases and tableware. Using fine silver and 24ct gold to create these pieces, which are all hand raised, form flat sheets of metal. Hammers and mallets are then used to add surface texture and decoration to the pieces. The vessels are constructed to be free standing and off centre, giving them a fluid natural quality.

All pieces are hand made and unique, Shimara  has a number of Stockist both in Australia and Europe, and she also works to commission, and will design and create an individual piece of jewellery or silverware just for you. Please contact Shimara to make an appointment or discuss a commission.

 

BORN:

West Cork, Republic of Ireland

NATIONALITY:

Irish/Australian


EDUCATION:

2002 – 2004

Residency at the P & O Makower Trust Workshops, Bishopsland, Oxon

1997 – 2001

BA (hons) Glasgow School of Art, Jewellery and Silversmithing


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2018

Choice, ACJ Members Exhibition, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

25th Anniversary Exhibition, Bishopsland Educational Trust, Oxon

2015 - 2018

Wedding Showcase, Tomfoolery, London

2017

10th Anniversary Exhibition, Project Space, Sydney

Sparkle, Ihnen Atelier, Sydney

2005 - 2017

December Collection – Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow

2016

Choice, ACJ, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

2010 - 2016

Ring Leaders, Pyramid Gallery, York

2014

30 Years in the Making, Lesley Craze Gallery, London

Spoons, Belton House, Lincolnshire

Victory, Pieces of Eight, Melbourne, Australia

Danske Solvsmede, Koldighus Museum, Denmark

2013

Dining for Silver, Christies, London

Artisans in the Gardens, Sydney, Australia

2011 – 2012

Artspace, Barn Galleries, Henley – on Thames

2011

Christmas Collection, Beaver Galleries, Canberra

Pieces of Fate, Pieces of Eight, Melbourne

2010

Wrapped, Studio 2017, Sydney

Jewellery in Bloom, Platform Gallery, London

To Have and to Hold, Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire

British Silver Week, Hamilton and Inches, Edinburgh

2006 - 2009

Origin - The London Craft Fair, Somerset House, London

2009

British Silver Week - David Fowkes Gallery

Bishopsland Exhibition - The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Side x Side, Edge to Edge, Hame Castle, Finland

Collect - The Saatchi Gallery, London

Cut Fold Stitch, Aaron Faber Gallery, New York

2008

At Table - Blackwell, the arts and crafts house, Cumbria

2007 - 2008

Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxon

2006 - 2008

Dazzle - Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

2008

British Silver Week – Lesley Craze Gallery, London

2004 - 2008

Collect - The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2004 - 2007

Goldsmiths' Fair, Goldsmiths' Hall, London

Rising Stars - Goldsmiths' Hall, London

2006

Gifted - National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh

2005 - 2006

Dazzle - National Theatre, London

Scottish Signature - Beeld en Aambeeld, Enschede, Holland

Emerging Talent – Lesley Craze Gallery, London

2005

Chelsea Craft Fair - Chelsea Town Hall, London

International Arts and Crafts – The Victoria and Albert Museum, London