Lecturer in Art and Design- Inverness College UHI
Karen-Ann Dicken is a jewellery designer and lecturer based in Inverness. She gained her BA Honours degree from the Glasgow School of Art in 2005 and her Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art (2007) in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metal work and Jewellery.
Karen-Ann has been lecturing since 2007 in jewellery design, CAD, 3D design and contemporary Art Practice. She has worked in both HE and FE at various institutions including Glasgow School of Art, Gray’s School of Art, City of Glasgow College and Glasgow Clyde College (Cardonald).
She is currently completing her PhD from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee and is specialising in the use of digital technologies to create tooling for hand craft. She has presented conference papers across the UK as well as US and Kenya which have been published. She also runs and curates an annual exhibition and conference entitled ‘Handmade by Machines’ which has become an international event.
Karen-Ann became a self employed jewellery designer in 2007 and has exhibited at exhibitions both in the UK and internationally. Her jewellery design work is recognised for innovative use of modern and digital technologies whilst still maintaining the use of traditional hand craft skills. She has won multiple awards in areas such as innovative technologies, gallery design, computer aided design and new laser sintering technologies. Her work is held in various collections and museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Koch collection at the Swiss Museum.
Sept 2019: Building on the Body, 108 Contemporary, Oklahoma, USA
May 2019: Renewal, Hammer Club, European Silversmith Forum, Dundee
Oct 2018: Elements 4, Lyon and Turnbull, Edinburgh.
Sept 2018: Handmade by machines, Dundee Contemporary Arts
May 2018: Hammer Club Exhibition, European Silversmith Forum, Hanau, Germany
Nov 2017: Elements 3, Lyon and Turnbull, Edinburgh
Jun 2017: Geometric Inspirations, Galerie Cbijoux, Monthey, Switzerland
Nov 2016: Elements 2, Lyon and Turnbull, Edinburgh
Nov 2015: Elements, Lyon and Turnbull, Edinburgh
Jun 2015 Handmade by machines, The Lighthouse, Glasgow
Jan 2015: Craft and Design Awards winners’ exhibition, Goldsmiths Hall, London.
Nov 2014: 30 year’s exhibition, Lesley Craze Gallery, London
Jun 2014 Handmade by machines, The Lighthouse, Glasgow
Feb 2014: Craft and Design Awards, Goldsmiths Hall, London
Nov 2013: A fresh look at diamonds, Lesley Craze Gallery, London
Jun 2013: Handmade by machines, The Lighthouse, Glasgow
Dec 2012: Christmas Exhibition Roger Billcliffe Gallery
Nov 2012: A fresh look at diamonds Lesley Craze Gallery, London
Jul 2012: Handmade by machines Au Boutique, Glasgow *
Dec 2011: Christmas Exhibition Roger Billcliffe Gallery
Dec 2010: Christmas exhibition Lillie Art Gallery, Glasgow
Nov 2008: Christmas Exhibition Roger Billcliffe Gallery
Feb 2008: Craft and Design Awards Goldsmiths Hall, London.
Dec 2007: Christmas Exhibition Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
Dec 2007: Dazzle London National Film Theatre, London
Aug 2007: Rising Stars Studio Fusion Gallery, London
July 2007: New Designers Business Design Center, Angel, London
June 2007: The Great Exhibition Royal College of Art
Feb 2007: Craft and Design Awards Goldsmiths Hall, London
Sept 2006: International Jewellery London Earls Court, London
Feb 2006: Craft and Design Awards Goldsmiths Hall, London
June 2005: Glasgow School of Art Degree Show Glasgow School of Art
Feb 2005: Craft and Design Awards Goldsmiths Hall, London
Craft and Design Awards 2018 Laser Sintering Silver Award
The Goldsmiths Company 2018 Precious Metal Bursary Award
Craft and Design Awards 2014 Technological awards Silver Award
Craft and Design Awards 2008 Technological awards Commended
Craft and Design Awards 2007 Silversmithing Commended
The Goldsmiths Company 2007 Precious Metal Bursary Award
Craft and Design Awards 2006 Gallery Design Section Gold Award
Craft and Design Awards 2005 Technological awards Gold Award
Craft and Design Awards 2005 Fashion Design section Silver Award
Craft and Design Awards 2005 Technological awards Commended
Craft and Design Awards 2005 Gallery Design Section Gold Award
Craft and Design Awards 2005 2D Platinum Design Commended
The Goldsmiths Company 2005 Precious Metal Bursary Award