- Date of making
- Date of acquisition
- Jewellery making: hand-knitting
- Nylon thread
- H75mm x Diameter 550mm
- Collection Number
- Hong Kong
- Place Trained
- Brighton Polytechnic, Brighton, Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics, 1978-1981; Hong Kong Polytechnic, Hong Kong, Three Dimensional Design, 1975-1977
- Hove, England
- Shortlisted, Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: Jewellery, 2007
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Nora Fok’s work is executed by hand with basic tools, using no mechanical processes. She is fascinated by nature, structure, systems and order, which she captures in complex work that often requires weeks to complete.
Her interest in jewellery began while studying at Brighton Polytechnic where she was particularly influenced by two teachers, Caroline Broadhead and Susannah Heron. They played a key role in developing her work, as did a fortuitous encounter with a tutor who was a keen angler and brought in some nylon fishing line that Fok has adopted, elaborated and mastered in refreshingly unique hand made creations. Her work is inspired by natural organic forms – flowers, stars and for this piece, bubbles.
“Bubble Bath is a beautiful, contradictory piece that unites the natural and synthetic, giving a permanent, robust form to the gossamer and a transient quality – a wearable piece that will both transform, and be transformed by, the wearer. Fok’s materials and techniques create interplay between the magical and everyday. Nylon microfilament, otherwise used for fishing tackle, is knitted around her son’s toy marbles, giving a durability and complexity to remembered childhood bubbles. It’s a sculptural remembrance of play, a unification of the innocent and the contrived, a meeting of science and art.”
Rachel Coldicutt, Digital consultant & creative producer. Co-founder of Maker’s Guild. Crafts Council Acquisitions Advisor 2011.
Produced by The Light Surgeons
Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2007, Nora Fok profile
More work by this artist
A selection of other collections that hold work by the artist
- Alice and Louis Koch Collection, CH
- Atkinson Art Gallery, UK
- Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, UK
- Cleveland County Museum, US
- Edinburgh City Art Centre, UK
- Fitzwilliam Museum, UK
- Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, DE
- National Museum of Scotland, UK
- Shipley Art Gallery, UK
- Victoria and Albert Museum, UK
- Walker Art Gallery, UK