Life can be found in the most inhospitable of places. Even in a highly urbanised environment, the smallest of plants can somehow take root and survive. This sentiment of ‘life goes on’ has been expertly visualized by our Creative Of The Week, Birmingham City University School of Jewelry MA student Drew Markou.
Why we like him: Using gilding metal, stainless steel and road-line spray paint, Drew has created bold, structural vessels which can stand alone as a piece of art or work as a functional object in which plant-life can grow.
Markou, who initially trained as a horticulturalist and landscape designer before turning his talents towards jewellery and silversmithing, says of his own work:
The inspiration for my work comes from the cityscape around me and other urban environments I visit. The landscape, whether man-made or natural has always fascinated me.
Future prospects: Having been awarded the AHRC BGP studentship bursary, Drew has high hopes for the future:
My aim is to set up a gallery of my own as a platform for national and international exhibitors to showcase their work. To help me with this I am always on the look out for opportunities to involve myself in assisting or curating exhibitions and events, and making sure I attend all the major shows, such as COLLECT (London) and Schmuck (Munich) were I will be networking and promoting myself.
How to contact him: For inquiries regarding commissions or collaborations contact Drew through his official website.
I would love to be approached for collaborations or commissions as I’m the sort of designer that likes to be challenged and I would not only try my hand at making objects and jewellery, but also at sculpture, land art or even landscape design and architecture if asked.