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15 August 2012

Meet our jewellery designer in residence: Sarah Warsop

The British Library’s first ever designer in the programme is Sarah Warsop, a successful choreographer and jewellery maker. Her residency will take place from September 2012 to March 2013, and she will be delving into our collections to research music, notation, drawing, sound and multimedia content around performance to gain inspiration for a new piece of work.

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She is interested in how movement and dance can be mapped through dynamic drawing processes, capturing its essence through jewellery, communicating a sense of the rhythm, direction, speed and flow of the original piece of choreography.

As a dance artist she has worked for the past 20 years with Rambert Dance Company and then Siobhan Davies Dance. She recently collaborated with artist Idris Khan to make the film Lying In Wait (2009), and with artist Tracey Rowledge creating What isn’t Here Hasn’t Happened (2011), a series of large graphite drawings.

Her jewellery work has been supported by the Arts Council and the Crafts Council. It has shown at Origin and with Goldsmiths’ and is in public and private collections. Sarah also has a BA (Dance) from the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, and an MA Design (Jewellery) from Central St Martins.

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She will be researching pre-20th century music and dance notation and attempts to transcribe composition and performance. In the 21st century, many composers and choreographers like John Cage and Trisha Brown experimented with notation as an art object in itself – a third object outside composition or performance, rooted in transcription, functioning as art.

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An important part of the residency is the support Sarah will receive through our Business & IP Centre to commercialise her work. She will get advice on areas such as copyright, manufacturing, pricing and costing.

At the end of the residency, she will create a new piece of work which can be sold commercially.

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