Craft Awards

Lena Binnington
Lacy & Co. Ltd Jewellery Supply Grant

Lena is a Toronto-based artist and choreographer, and a 2019 graduate from the Jewellery Arts program at George Brown College. Her previous studies in fine art and environmental studies at the University of Toronto greatly inform her current work as a metalsmith, incorporating patterns and motifs from previous 2D explorations. With a lifetime of experience as a modern dancer, Lena also seeks to express movement and costume in her designs. It is her intention to establish a sustainable studio practice that is consistent with her background in environmental studies.

Technofuture is Lena’s most recent body of work, completed as a thesis project during her final year of study at George Brown College, drawing influence from avant-garde fashion and science fiction art. The wearer is the citizen of an alternative world, reflecting a relationship between progress, imagination, and the body. While the future of adornment remains a mystery, it is imagined here as both provocative and delightful, each piece containing references to planetary orbits, satellites or computer circuitry. It is Lena’s intention to use Technofuture as a springboard for upcoming work, while she continues to explore the unique possibilities that exist within contemporary art jewellery.

www.instagram.com/lenabinnington.studio

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Satellite Clip
925 silver, 18k yellow gold plating, colourless cubic zirconia, fully fabricated, metal forming,
gem setting, electroplating, 55 x 32 x 18mm, 2018


Satellite Clip (modelled)
925 silver, 18k yellow gold plating, colourless cubic zirconia, fully fabricated, metal forming
gem setting, electroplating, 55 x 32 x 18 mm, 2018


Probe Ring
18k yellow gold, black diamonds, fully fabricated, roller printing, gem setting, 18 x 18 x 58 mm, 2018


Probe Ring (modelled)
18k yellow gold, black diamonds, fully fabricated, roller printing, gem setting, 18 x 18 x 58 mm, 2018


Circuit Shoulderwear
925 silver, nickel silver (catch tongue only), 18k yellow gold plating, fully fabricated
turning lathe, forming, electroplating, 90mm round, 22mm at thickest place (approx), 2019


Circuit Shoulderwear (modelled)
925 silver, nickel silver (catch tongue only), 18k yellow gold plating, fully fabricated
turning lathe, forming, electroplating, 90mm round, 22mm at thickest place (approx), 2019


Bullet Earrings
18k yellow gold, black diamonds, metal paint, fully fabricated, turning lathe
forming, gem setting, 42 x 11 x 3 mm, 2019


Radial Eyewear
925 silver (partially oxidized), black & colourless cubic zirconia, fully fabricated
metal forming, gem setting, 127 x 127 x 20 mm, 2019


Radial Eyewear (modelled)
925 silver (partially oxidized), black & colourless cubic zirconia, fully fabricated
metal forming, gem setting, 127 x 127 x 20 mm, 2019


Beltane Ring
14k yellow gold, 14k white gold, green cubic zirconia, fully fabricated, gem setting, 50 x 24 x 22 mm, 2018

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