Nora Fok’s jewellery is crafted from very fine nylon microfilament, which she knits, knots, plaits and weaves by hand to make jewellery that is inspired by complex mathematics, geometry and the patterns in nature.
Nora makes her jewellery for the whole of the female body, inspired by mathematics and complex geometry. She is intrigued by the world around her and fascinated by natural forms, structure, systems and order, and the mysteries and magic that she sets out to capture in her work.
This exhibition, commissioned by The Harley Gallery, meant that Nora was able to challenge her work practice to create a new large scale piece. This piece was more ambitious and intricate than any she had attempted before. Nora said that:
The commission was a wonderful opportunity to create a special piece to express something very personal to me. The starting point was my long held interest in the DNA structure, which began in my late teens. I did not then understand the science but found the images beautiful, particularly the spiral movement so full of energy and life.
Nora knitted over 3500 individually made nylon spheres to create this large scale sculpture.
This exhibition also prompted Nora’s groundbreaking limited edition range of jewellery; making her labour intensive pieces more affordable through new technologies. This very special collection of bracelets was made using rapid prototyping technology and a form of rapid manufacturing called ‘3D Printing’.
Nora moved from Hong Kong to the UK in 1980 to study at Brighton Polytechnic. She was a Jerwood Contemporary Makers 2010 winner (the final Jerwood Contemporary Makers) and was shortlisted for the prestigious Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts in 2007.
A Harley Gallery touring exhibition directed by Brochocka Baynes and supported by Arts Council England.