Alumna Sophie Main – Gems and Silver Streaks of Main

Sophie Main is completing her second-year Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery MA student at the Royal College of Art, London under the supervision of Professor of Hans Stofer.  Stofer, Head of Programme, is curious about how people think, why they use what they use and how this forms the premises for shaping attitudes.

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“the MA was never part of the big plan until I attended a talk given by Professor Hans Stofer, at the RCA.”

In 2007, Sophie Main, originally from Bristol, joined the University of Portsmouth, CCI Faculty to study B.A. (Hons) Three Dimensional Design. She graduated in 2010 with First Class Honours.

“Although I live in London now, Portsmouth is my real home and I would love to be able to work in Portsmouth in the future.”

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Focusing her interest in collecting, cataloguing, classifying and archiving objects Sophie is fascinated by the contextual history of ‘things’. Not purely referencing the past in her work but endeavouring to understand the role of objects and adornment within systems of value, to order and explain the world, past and present. Sophie takes great pleasure in incorporating elements of the objects and materials she has studied, collected and archived in her work.

Sophie has been awarded a fellowship in the USA and will stopping in New York City

“I was first introduced to Penland while studying a short course under the professorship of Robert Ebendorf at West Dean College and since then I have been keeping my eyes wide open for an opportunity to visit the Blue Ridge Mountains.”

ACJ Member Sophie has been awarded the first Crafts Council fellowship to study at Penland School of Crafts this summer. She will be attending Kinetic Adornments under the tuition of Amir Friedman from 21st July – 6th August 2013.

“I am planning to teach and creating more gems upon my return from America.”

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Sophie is currently working towards the RCA SHOW 2013, where she will be showing a collection of objects illustrating the fascinating historical process of Electrotyping. She is approaching the fellowship as an opportunity to continue working with her core themes of Collect/Create/Curate, and is keen to explore the role of objects and adornment in a different part of the world.

Sophie is now exhibiting in Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford ‘In Reverse’ from May to June 2013 for more information follow link here

For more information on Sophie and her courses follow link below:

Twitter: @sophie_main


or visit her website

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Show RCA 2013: 20–30 June 2013 (closed 28 June)

The RCA annual graduate shows will take place simultaneously across both the Battersea and Kensington sites this summer. Show RCA Battersea will feature work from the programmes of Architecture, Ceramics & Glass; Critical Writing in Art & Design; Curating Contemporary Art; Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery; Painting; Photography; Printmaking and Sculpture. 

Open 12 noon – 8pm daily.



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