Artist: Katy Gillam-Hull

A hand holding a green glass bead between the thumb and forefinger in front of a blurred house and tree.

Green Bead, The Beads of Gresham Street

MA Jewellery and Metal
Royal College of Art

Katy is an interdisciplinary crafts artist.

Creating objects and jewellery from archival and found materials, Katy’s interdisciplinary practice explores themes of memorial, heirloom, monument and inheritance. Fascinated by the origins of the items she finds at specific locations in London, she seeks to embed a contemporary layer of narrative into them by changing their form, fusing the past and present lives of materials together to create new pieces. Adopting the formal and familiar museum systems for showing and conveying information about historical objects, Katy re-interprets the museum display, the guided walk and the handling collection, engaging people in the blended stories of her artworks.

Clockwise from top left: Accidental Heirlooms; Agentic Accumulations; Silver Bracelet, the Beads of Gresham Street; Jacket of Curiosities, the Beads of Gresham Street

In:Site 2024

Katy was one of 14 artists who were selected to show their work at In:Site 2024.

Photograph by Hayley Salter

In Living Memory reflected on the monuments and plaques in the Cathedral grounds, focusing on the active, ongoing significance they have and invited people to create their own memorial brooch for everyday moments of importance.

Photographs by Hayley Salter

Where Next?

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A painted, and embroidered portrait of a blue-eyed Black woman, on a background of collaged book pages. Her face is circular and tilted and she has short black hair. Her necklace and earrings are beads embroidered onto the piece’s surface. Her outline has been stitched in yellow thread.

Artist: Katy Gillam-Hull

Artist showcase.

A hand holding a green glass bead between the thumb and forefinger in front of a blurred house and tree.


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