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Rearch Assessment Exercise 2008

Helen Carnac

My research interests include:
Process and ways of working; making and curating; drawing as an intellectual act, especially in relation to non-verbal discourse; exploration of industrial vitreous enamel and processes on copper and steel plates; sustainability, ethics and values within the arena of metals in the global context.

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Research Outcomes

Outcome 1 - Dialogue 5
The Dialogue collective seek to understand a key question:
Does collaboration and group debate achieve an outcome greater than the individual or does the individual rule?
Taking several forms, its focus has been the development of a range of exchanges: verbal, written and visual, with the culmination the making of an exhibition or gathering. The interest has come from the range of visual language used between group members and the diversity of the outcomes achieved.


Outcome 2 - Who is Carrying the Can? and Value and Material
The theme for the 2006 Association for Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ) event Carry the Can, originated at the Honour, Ethics, Integrity and Morality Seminar by Helen Carnac and Heidi Yeo 1st March 2003, held at Londonmet, which sought to understand the lack of activity and the relatively poor positioning of the metal industry in regard to issues of ethics and sustainability, which was being little assessed in a contemporary domain of jewellery and silversmithing, in direct comparison to the fields of, for example, furniture and textile design.


Outcome 3 - Process Works
Process Works aims to understand and explain more of the discreet languages of making and their specificity to individual practice. Examining this in the first instance through an exhibition and catalogue, with an invited written contribution in the form of essays and maker interviews by Paul Harper and introductions by Helen Carnac and Ruth Rushby.
Process is rarely examined in exhibitions of made artefacts and yet making implies a process - a journey, an examining of thought, of meaning and a putting together of elements, materials and ideas.


Outcome 4 - Badges and Medals
Badges and medals are an ongoing subject of my research, which relates both to my practice of enamelling and its use in the making of signifiers such as badges, medals and emblems which are used to advertise or explore relationships to organizations, events in time or place or work or community.


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