MODERN LIFE Q&A - Holly O'Hanlon

  "Torn Earring with Nail"  Silver, Holly O'Hanlon

"Torn Earring with Nail" Silver, Holly O'Hanlon

MODERN LIFE; HOLLY O’HANLON

We asked the designers in our MODERN LIFE exhibition what the concept means to them...

Here we speak to Holly O'Hanlon, 2017 Graduate from Central Saint Martins whose work explores the intricate details of eroded surfaces of our modern environment. 

Where did you learn the most?

Probably during my BA at Central St. Martins. You just have every possible resource at your fingertips and it was such an invaluable experience

 

 Post Punk Manchester band The Durutti Column are Holly's music of choice in the studio.

Post Punk Manchester band The Durutti Column are Holly's music of choice in the studio.

What are your New Year’s Revolutions?

To be present

 

 

What music do you listen to whilst working?

The Durutti Column

 

How does your environment inspire you?

The concept of my work is routed in the idea of framing moments of passivity that we bypass from A to B without acknowledging the fragile beauty of it so I get inspiration from images that I take wherever I go.

 Holly transcribes layers and patterns from manmade surfaces in her jewellery textures

Holly transcribes layers and patterns from manmade surfaces in her jewellery textures

 Torn posters with ripped edges provide Holly O'Hanlon's inspiration

Torn posters with ripped edges provide Holly O'Hanlon's inspiration

 Excess 07 Brooch by Holly O'Hanlon, etched steel, slate, Silver and 18ct gold

Excess 07 Brooch by Holly O'Hanlon, etched steel, slate, Silver and 18ct gold

 Excess 09 Brooch by Holly O'Hanlon, Etched Steel, slate & silver

Excess 09 Brooch by Holly O'Hanlon, Etched Steel, slate & silver

 

How do the materials that you choose tell your story?

  "Torn Earrings Wall Plug with Fresh Water Pearl"  Silver, enamel, pearl, Holly O'Hanlon

"Torn Earrings Wall Plug with Fresh Water Pearl" Silver, enamel, pearl, Holly O'Hanlon

Using mild steel and slate as my primary base materials, and then ‘setting’ the various layers of materials with handcrafted staples, enamelled thumbtacks and screws I aim to depict moments of corrosion, human contact, and intervention with a surface to find a controlled clarity and preciousness to these everyday seemingly haphazard compositions. Subtle traces of numbers, tape marks and fragmented patterns are worked into the surface of the slate and acid etched onto the reverse side of the steel bases, now dark and void of colour allowing attention to be drawn to supporting components. The elements from that which lay beneath or behind a task now take on a new significance. 

 

Are there any other materials that you would like to use?

I am quite keen to explore the use of more precious metals, driven by a similar aesthetic.

 

Who is your biggest influence and inspiration?

Jochen Muhlenbrink and Cy Twombly.

 

What is the best thing about Modern Life? What is the worst thing about Modern Life?

I’m going to contradict myself here, but one of the best things about modern life is that the world seems like a much smaller place- the ability to communicate with my family and friends so easily is really something that still amazes me. However, our reliance on technology for daily interactions, for me, is also probably the worst part. Everyone you look around at is staring blankly at a screen, scrolling, and I think there's something really cold about that.

 

And finally to you Holly, Modern Life is……?

Modern life is… in a constant flux between creation and destruction.

 Jochen Muhlenbrink  Ohne Titel   (Amerika)  2012

Jochen Muhlenbrink Ohne Titel (Amerika) 2012

 Cy Twombly,  Untitled (Bolsena)  1969, wax crayon, pencil

Cy Twombly, Untitled (Bolsena) 1969, wax crayon, pencil

H.O'Hanlon. Brooches. Colour treated mild steel, slate, 18kt gold, silver, steel pins. .jpg

MODERN LIFE

"A NEW YEAR'S REVOLUTION "

at GILL WING JEWELLERY

until 28th February