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Blog / AiR: Duncan of Jordanstone

AiR: Duncan of Jordanstone 11 Apr 2014
by Nuno Borges

“This body of work is as intuitive as the materials that compose it. Silver, bronze, olive and rose wood. The first approach comes from one idea that will be the conductor line of empathy for the coming work. The concept then is taken over by the material and the process that will bring them together as the first piece is achieved, hammering, soldering and riveting. The process stops when they intuitively make sense.

Scotland, particularly the more remote villages, is of great influence to my work. The communitarian way by which inhabitants ruled their symbiotic lives is fascinating to me, as I grew up in a large city.

At Duncan of Jordanstone the residency has been a chance to develop work under a creative cloud, surrounded by students in a workshop erupting with new talent. Being able to pass on the knowledge we gathered so far, is truly rewarding. “

This experience has culminated in this exhibition that will bring all the artists in residence together will be a chance to catch up with each other and release our new work on a supportive platform.

Nuno saw the jewellery journey starting almost by accident in 2003, a gap year to fill before going into studies towards arquitecture, happen to be at a flirtatious technical jewellery school in Oporto, Portugal, a hobby that fast grew into something serious. With high standards achieved, an experience working for a Portuguese jewellery house added to the curriculum and expertise. However in 2008 the will to obtain further studies in design along with the desire to move abroad, saw an exciting move to the award winning metal & jewellery department of the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Scotland arise.

In 2012 graduated with the first complete body of work entitled “theValley”, inspired literally in the Douro wine making valley but with clear influences by Scottish countryside and life in the Highlands. A collection of wearable pieces, that seem to work as objects on their own as well, using matte finished sterling silver and rosewood, riveting parts together and assembling rudders, seemed to surround the work with a sense of belonging and primitive feeling to it.

Nuno graduated in 2012 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, in jewellery and metal design. Prior to his Scottish adventure he completed his technical jewellery and gem-setting studies in Porto, Portugal, where he’s originally from.


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