After a career in medicine cut short by ill health, wirework jewellery making in 2011 started my journey to the creative arts. I was encouraged onward by classes with Jo MacFadyen at Dundee University and Robin Bell at the then Dundee based Vanilla Ink. Sandra Wilson inspired me to attend the full time jewellery design degree course at Dundee and I graduated in 2019.
Attending DJCAD helped me identify my design strengths; fusing medicine and art, mixing ancient with modern, experimenting with materials, using CAD as my sketchbook and 3D printing for prototyping. My interested in exploring connections continues; between material, tool and user and the connections between modern materials to more traditional ones.
Awards; Honourable Mention for ISCB Art in Science Basle 2019, College Award from ACJ 2019, Award for Excellence in Design & Craftsmanship 2019.
Exhibitions: Degree Show Dundee 2019, New Designers London 2019, ACJ Showcase London 2019, ELEMENTS Edinburgh 2019,
Connections/Connessione London-Glasgow 2019-20, Auld Alliance Edinburgh 2019, ACJ Glasshouses 2020.
My current design theme has been to explore and display how our mitochondrial DNA has changed over 10,000 years. It is the fundamental DNA link between all and shared by a female inheritance pattern. I hope to capture and celebrate this link. Revelling in our reassuring sameness and reflect that this links us both back in time and stretches forward in time too.
Dr Allison Macleod
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