“My designs are a response to the contours and colors of my inspiration. I seek to capture visual fragments of memory through various means of metal, color and form. I challenge myself, hoping to kindle the same internal connection with the wearer. I delight in the essence of this work, all of these hand-tasks propelled by my efforts into lively wearable objects.”
The Gardens We Carry, 2014.
The memories of our youth leave permanent imagery. My most vivid moments lie recessed in shady garden spaces. This body of work is based on those memories - distant and defined - that continue to link us to our earliest experiences of cultivated spaces. I play with places perceived and remembered, of shifting memory and sensory cues. Soft palettes, memories of color contrast darkened silver, quietly tucking metaphors between repeating elements. Green and warm, grey and cloudy – these memories inspired a collection of tactile reminders that bring the garden past into the daily present.
A Canadian artist, Lydia Buxton uses traditional goldsmithing and enamelling techniques paired with alternative material to create compelling contemporary jewellery. Her focus on form and texture create sculptural works that are home both adorning a body, or filling a gallery space.
In 2013, Lydia graduated from NSCAD University in Halifax, NS, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing. In the summer of 2013 she was awarded first place in the 10th Annual National Student Jewellery Competition held at L.A. Pai Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario. She is a recipient of an Arts Nova Scotia Creation Grant, which has graciously funded her current body of work, ‘The Gardens We Carry’. This show opened summer 2014 and is presently for sale at LA PAI Gallery in Ottawa, ON.
2008 – 2013
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major: Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS, Canada.
THE GARDENS WE CARRY • SOLO Exhibition, L.A Pai Gallery, Ottawa, ON, Canada.
The International Jewellery Exchange, Online Exhibition.
10th ANNUAL NATIONAL STUDENT COMPETITION • Group Exhibition, L.A Pai Gallery, Ottawa, ON, Canada.
THE PIN BALL: TIJF Launch Party • The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, Toronto, ON, Canada.
FIRE AND FUSION : Enamelling Exhibition • Rainbow Gallery, St Lawrence Market, Toronto, Canada.
2012 NSCAD GRAD SHOW • Group Exhibition, Seeds Gallery, Halifax, NS, Canada.
NICHE AWARDS EXHIBITION • Buyers Market of American Craft, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
ADORNICATION • Group Exhibition, Seeds Gallery, Halifax, NS, Canada.
OSMIA AVOSETTA • Solo Show, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS, Canada.
BEYOND BORDERS • Juried Enamel Group Exhibition, Richmond, CA, USA.
YOU WISH • Group Exhibition, Seeds Gallery, Halifax, NS, Canada.
ALCHEMY • The Enamelist Society Conference Juried Traveling Exhibition 2011 – 2012 Arrowmont School of Art & Craft, Gatlinburg, TN, USA. Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN, USA. Metals Museum, Memphis, TN, USA.
FLUX • Group Exhibition, Seeds Gallery, Halifax, NS, Canada.
FUSE • Enamel Group exhibition, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS, Canada.
2014 Recipient of Arts Nova Scotia Creation Grant
2013 Winner of 10th Annual National Student Jewellery Competition, Presented by L.A Pai Gallery, Ottawa, ON, Canada.
2013 Winner of Phanta Award, Presented by Kohoot Media, Halifax, NS, Canada.
2010 David Murphy Bursary, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS, Canada.
2008 Millennium Bursary, Canada Council, BC, Canada.
2007 Trades Scholarship, Salmon Arm, BC, Canada.