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Karla Newell

Profession
Curriculum Leader, Senior Lecturer, 3-Dimensional Design and Architecture, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
College
Central Saint Martins
Karla  Newell

Biography

I am a jewellery designer and an educator. I lead the 3-Dimensional Design and Architecture curriculum area on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Central Saint Martins. I teach jewellery, footwear and fashion accessories on the course.

I have taught previously at Sheffield Hallam University and Middlesex University.

I am a practicing jewellery designer producing one-off pieces to commission. My work features in the V&A permanent collection. I am also involved in the design of domestic outdoor spaces and gardens. Jewellery and garden design come together in an overriding interest in traditional craft skills, as well as in the investigation of surface texture, pattern and detail within a spatial and landscape context.

My research interest focuses on the application of craft practices and countryside skills in an urban context. I create private outdoor spaces, applying traditional rural construction techniques and using natural materials.

I won the Royal Horticultural Society and Daily Mail National Garden Competition. Over the years my garden design has had much publicity and exposure in the national press and on television. It has also featured internationally, in magazines and in specialist garden design books. (i.e. ‘The RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design’ by Dorling Kindersley and David Stevens’ “Backyard Blueprints”, published by Jacqui Small/Aurum Press)

  • PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Art, Design and Communication, UAL
  • MA(RCA) Metalwork and Jewellery, Royal College of Art
  • BA(Hons) Jewellery, Silversmithing and Allied Crafts, City of London Polytechnic

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