Gillian Hillerud

Creating work with concern for the body can be a powerful engagement. The intimacy of jewellery holds many messages and memories.

Fabricating this work is about creativity through a sculptural object that acquires intimacy through its scale and relationship to the body. Whether used as a powerful social statement or as a gentle memory of your mother's hands, jewellery has the ability to impact emotion.

My practice is the continuation of this history. As I design each object, it is a shared part of the story of my life. For each object that I make which becomes someone else's, that piece can begin to hold their history as well.

My creative process begins with a line. Design evolves from the beauty of a soft curve or the angle of a sharp corner. The space around the lines holds as much importance as the line itself.

These elements create a balance which is essential to my recent body of work. The work evolves into a series of wearable pieces which stand together as a completed thought. Repetition is a strong element of my work as is a sense of space. As the work transforms, materials such as metal, plastics and fibers become a focus.

Gillian is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.