Botanical Artist, Josephine Gomersall is a British Silversmith and Jewellery designer-maker specialising in creating delicate, precious metal sculptures and hand-crafted jewellery collections using traditional tools and silversmithing techniques. Her background and qualifications are in Surface Pattern and Textile design, she previously had a diverse career as a designer, product developer and accessories buyer in the Design industry before establishing her own contemporary craft practice, as a designer/maker working in metal, based at Persistence Works Studios in Sheffield, South Yorkshire since graduating with a Masters degree in Design (jewellery and metalwork) in 2016.
Her work is botanically inspired by familiar British wildflowers and plant forms, exploring notions of transience, preciousness and connectedness to nature. Her works are both evocative and everlasting, capturing moments in time for tranquil and quiet contemplation and as a celebration of the beauty of the natural world depicted in lustrous precious metal.
Josephine has a keen interest in Herbals, Herbariums and 18th-century Botanical illustration books, which feature hand-drawn and coloured engravings, also the ancient art of Japanese Ikebana. Botanical drawing and working with flowers form an essential part of Josephine’s creative practice.
Josephine received a commission by Sheffield Assay office to make a piece of silverware in 2017 for their permanent collection. Since then she has exhibited her work nationally, including at the Mall Galleries, The Goldsmiths’ Centre and Kew Royal Botanical Gardens. This year she will be making her debut at the Goldsmiths Fair at Goldsmiths Hall in London.