Rosie Deegan is a conceptual artist, who lives and works in Nottingham. She graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2014 and has exhibited at Mint, Kensington as part of London Design Festival, at the Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery and the New Art Exchange in Nottingham. Her graduate collection Impotent Tools was purchased by a significant private collector and Crafts Council Trustee. Rosie was featured in Crafts magazine's 'Talent Spot' and is a participant of Crafts Council's Hothouse programme for 2017. Rosie has been invited to speak about her practice as a Guest Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, Ravensbourne University and Birmingham School of Jewellery.
Rosie will be exhibiting at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester and Lustre in Nottingham this year.
I have always found joy in making. Craft reminds us to stop, take time, think, make and listen. You can’t rush the materials you work with, the tools you use, the process you’re using. There will always be an added value, an element of luxury, within a handmade object that can never be achieved with mass-produced methods.
My work explores aspects of luxury, purpose, function and craftsmanship heritage, along with the inter-relationships between traditional gender, practicality and decorativeness. Contradicting functionality, exploring the conflicts between craft & mass-production, luxury & necessity, are recurring themes throughout my work.
I work with various materials, often using traditional handcrafting processes to combine luxurious and fragile materials with existing objects that have a familiar practical purpose. I enjoy finding contradictions within our everyday lives and challenging people’s perceptions in a subtly political and humorous manner.