Art in the Home Confirmed Artist - Katharine Boyd
As with anything involving aesthetics, objects and artworks relating to specific styles and crafts come and go in and out of fashion. Take the kind of leaded stained glass lampshades that are a signature of designer/metalsmith Katharine Boyd. First popularised in the early 1900s by Louis Comfort Tiffany (nothing to do with the jewellery brand), they enjoyed a massive revival in the late-1980s/early-1990s only to give way to other lighting trends such as wannabe rustic French chandeliers and pseudo industrial salvage.
Thankfully for us, and a whole new generation discovering them for the very first time, Boyd’s Tiffany-esque lamps are enjoying a revival of cool. “My main inspiration comes from the love of glass itself; the colours and the light that comes through it. It’s such a beautiful material to work with,” says Boyd whose clientele appreciate the fact that her bowls, mirrors, lighting and window panels are all infused with her creative curiosity. “I like to challenge the perceptions of materials by mixing them together or working with them in a different way; so a hand-raised metal bowl might have a glass rim or I might use metal wire to knit and crochet.”
Take the opportunity to view Katharine’s work as part of our Art in the Home Exhibition from the 1st - 10th November 2019 at Kommune in Sheffield city centre. Art in the Home is a selling exhibition of Mid-Century design classics brought to you by Studio 2021 mixed with the very best of Sheffield’s furniture makers, ceramicists and fine artists.
Visit Katharine’s website: katharinesboyd.co.uk