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Friday, 3 February 2012

Kaloseidos - starting soon at MerseyBIO

Kaloseidos will be an exhibition of photography by Matthew Thomas and jewellery Ann Ellis.

Necklaces and jewellery using plastic bags, plastic bottles, drinks cans, reclaimed metals, pc mouse cable, reclaimed plastic tubing, orphaned vintage glass beads.

Ann Ellis' jewellery is about transformation. It aims to celebrate change and possibility, whilst challenging notions about preciousness and value. She works by deconstructing, reforming and hand-dying discarded plastics, metals, paper, glass and textiles, including plastic bags, bottles and drinks cans, often combining them with vintage beads, jewels and found objects.


Ann is based in Lancashire. She graduated from Reading University with a BA (Hons) in Typography and Graphics and went on to gain an MA in Educational Research (Lancaster), a BSc in Psychology and professional qualifications in psychotherapy and education.

Ann worked at Marvel Magazines in London before becoming freelance, designing publicity and promotional materials for the arts and entertainment industry both here and abroad. For a while she lived in the Netherlands where her eldest daughter was born.

Ann has always delighted in using everyday materials in unexpected ways and in 2008 was added to the Index of Selected makers at the UK Crafts Council. Her jewellery won a Green Apple Award in 2009 and First Place at the 2010 British Bead Awards in the Beyond Beads category. Her work, both 2d and 3d, has been used in advertising, education, publishing, exhibitions and for corporate clients and private collections.

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