My silverware focuses on the space and patterns created within the structures of each piece as much as the pieces themselves. In this way, my work is different because it is less interested in using large amounts of material as seen in more ‘traditional’ silverware, and more interested in the skeletal constructions and what they can reveal.
Exploring these themes within my work I seek to develop functional pieces of jewellery and silverware suitable for use within the modern age and home. Combining a range of traditional Silversmithing skills and techniques, I create hollow flat units that are then worked and formed into three-dimensional structures.
Growing up in Mexico City, surrounded by vibrant traditions and a highly creative culture, art and design became a profound passion very early on. Mexico is a testament to how some of the most creative work can be conceived from very little, proving that material and material value can be negligible yet the outcome beautiful and powerful. This is something that I have always hoped to emulate within my work and career as a silversmith.
Fenella is currently based in a studio at Persistence Works in Sheffield where she designs and produces her work. Previous to this Fenella gained a first from her BA Hons degree in Metalwork and Jewellery from Sheffield Hallam University before then taking on a postgraduate Silversmithing residency at Bishopsland Educational Trust in South Oxfordshire. Fenella’s work can be seen at various exhibitions and shows throughout the year as well as at Yorkshire Artspace Open studios which take place twice a year.
Awards & CommiSsions
The Sheffield Assay Office Precious Little Gem's Commission 2015-16
The Goldsmith’s Company Precious Metal Bursary
Malcolm Appleby engraving masterclass competition
Cooksongold Graduate Bursary for British Silver Week
Bishopsland Precious Metal Bursary
The South Square Trust Bursary
Design Travel Award from The Cutler’s Company in Hallamshire & The Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers.