Woven niobium and silver brooch – purple


Caitlin Murphy’s work is centred around high levels of accuracy and precision, folding and working with metal as if it is paper. For this exhibition, Caitlin submitted brooches and sculptural objects which are designed to display an innovative approach to silversmithing and jewellery. She works in silver and niobium as her mediums to express colour and illusional patterns with a fine art perspective. By anodising niobium, Caitlin creates vibrant golden colours of yellows and pink tones – mimicking yellow and red gold.

The brooches are wearable art to adorn the body, made by recycling all offcuts from her larger scale pieces to maintain sustainability. The niobium is rolled down to 0.1mm before she weaves it allowing her to work with it like textiles in metal. It is also a hypoallergenic material and is therefore ideal for jewellery alongside silver. Measurements: 40 x 30 mm.

Artist Bio

Caitlin Murphy is an award winning Northern Irish maker. Caitlin graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2022 with first Class Honours and was awarded the Richard H Arrol Memorial Prize. She became a Fellow of Bishopsland Educational Trust in 2023 following on from her year long postgraduate course. Caitlin received a graduate bursary stand at both Goldsmiths Fair 2023 in London and Elements Fair 2023 in Edinburgh where she is showcasing new and exciting work.

Caitlin received a Future Makers Graduate Exhibition Support from the Design and Crafts Council Ireland to support her in these two exhibitions. Alongside of this, being supported for the last two years by the South Square Trust has allowed her to focus on silversmithing objects. Caitlin has also received a bronze and silver award in the ‘3D Finished Pieces’ category at the Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council Awards for her ‘Illusion Cube.’ She prides herself on attention to detail, from initial design to finished piece.