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Designer / Maker

Josephine Gomersall - Designer Maker

Josephine has a portfolio career as a Jeweller and Silversmith and Tutor. She graduated with a Distinction from Sheffield Hallam University with a Master of Arts degree in Design (Jewellery & Metalwork) in November 2016. 

 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.

Before working with precious and non precious metals as a Jeweller and Silversmith, Josephine was a Textiles Designer and has a thorough knowledge of the Textiles industry with specialisation in  print, 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 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 starting her own contemporary craft practice and teaching.

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 narrative jewellery is  featured in Narrative Jewellery - Tales from the toolbox, a book by Mark Fenn which launched in 2017.

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

Josephine has recently completed a silver tableware commission for the Sheffield Assay Office which is on currently on display in the Millennium Gallery, curated by Museums Sheffield and will then become a new addition of their permanent Silver collection.