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Designer / Maker

Josephine Gomersall - Designer Maker

Josephine has a portfolio career as a Designer Maker of contemporary jewellery and silverware and teaches as an Associate Lecturer. She graduated with a Distinction from Sheffield Hallam University with a Master of Arts degree in Design (Jewellery & Metalwork) in 2016 after studying part time for the last three years. 

 Both delicate and decorative, her work has a distinctive signature colour and style; her designs are inspired by the natural landscape of the British Isles; featuring observed details from the garden and hedgerow, countryside and coastline, and aims to make comment about the importance of our connectedness to Nature. 

'Look deep into Nature, and then you will understand everything better.' - Albert Einstein.

As a Botanical artist and a member of the Florilegium Society at Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Josephine enjoys practicing her observational skills by drawing and painting hand picked botanical specimens, inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s stylised flower drawings. She was commissioned by Liberty to make a series of flower drawings to create fabric designs for Liberty Art prints, such as 'Irma' and 'Josephine's Garden'. The 'Theodora' Liberty print created from her botanical drawings was selected to form the 'Theodora range' of products in the 'Flowers of Liberty' collection, and now features on many products including Roberts Radios, canvas tents, Liberty print shirts, jewellery, tableware, ceramics, stationery and sewing machines.

Josephine also designs and hand block prints decorative glass cooker splash back commissions, which have featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs programme with Kevin Mc Cloud and on Britain’s Best Homes programme with Sarah Beeney. They have also featured in many Kitchen and Interiors magazines.

Before becoming a Jewellery designer Josephine worked in the Textiles Industry and has a thorough knowledge of and interest in the printing processes involved in putting together fabric collections, from concept to design, sampling to bulk production delivery, promotion and styling. She has travelled to India, Hong Kong and the Philippines to oversee production of her collections and worked in Europe for a number of years as a Textiles Designer, having a good understanding of the techniques and processes involved in UK manufacturing of printed fabrics and wall coverings for the Home/Interiors market. She has been employed by wholesale and retail companies, as well as working freelance before becoming self employed.

Her design work has featured on Print&Pattern blog www.printpattern.blogspot.co.uk, her botanical drawings have been the inspiration for the Nike footwear range (NikexLiberty SS16 Dawn Meadow). The Liberty Art fabric print 'Theodora' appeared on the big screen as costumes in the recent Disney Cinderella movie  and her jewellery is soon to be featured in a book being launched in the Spring. 

Her latest work 'Sense of Place' collection, demonstrates a consolidation of her training, learning, tacit knowledge and multidisciplinary experience; using print, pattern, colour and texture, a mixture of media and her lightness of touch to demonstrate her skills in creating this collection of narrative jewellery and craft objects.