micki mackenzie bursary: sorrel van allen

micki mackenzie bursary: sorrel van allen

We are thrilled to announce the recipient of the 2020 Micki Mackenzie Educational Craft Bursary. The jury, which includes craftspeople from a variety of disciplines, has selected jeweler Sorrel Van Allen. Congratulations!

about the artist

Sorrel Van Allen is a West coast jeweler and object designer with a background in industrial welding and artistic blacksmithing. She is currently a Bachelor of Fine Arts candidate, majoring in Jewelery Design and Metalsmithing, at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. During her time at NSCAD, she participated in an exchange semester at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland, and completed a summer professional development residency at the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia.

An active member of the Art jewelry community her work has been exhibited nationally, and internationally in the USA and Europe. Sorrel has been the recipient of several awards in support of her work including the British Columbia Arts Council Scholarship, Jean E. Hiseler Memorial Scholarship and The Society of North American Goldsmiths, Grit to Gold, student conference scholarship.

Fascinated with growth systems found in nature, she uses botany as inspiration for her geometric patters created in illustrator. After the careful process of hand piercing these repetitive elements into sheet metal, she manipulates the delicate metal templates into three dimensional forms. This final stage is always an intriguing puzzle, hand molding and forming metal back into forms found in nature. Contrasting patina and surface textures are important to this body of work, enhancing the forms myriad negative spaces, and creating the illusion of volume.

about the Micki Mackenzie Educational Craft Bursary

The Micki MacKenzie Educational Craft Bursary was founded in 2019 by Micki’s husband Murray and their children, Nicole and Ross, as a living memorial to a wonderful woman who possessed an incredible eye for design, craft and the arts of all kinds. Micki gave her time and energy to many community causes and the Crafts Association of British Columbia (now known as the Craft Council of BC) was particularly near and dear to her heart.

Working with Gail Rogers, Executive Director of the CABC from 1974 to 1991 and the CABC Board of Directors, Micki, along with an extraordinary group of individuals, worked countless hours to secure the funds for the construction of the building that is the current home of the Craft Council of BC and CCBC Shop & Gallery. It was a major project with a lasting benefit for craftspeople.

The family is honoured to be able to provide this award in Micki’s name in order to assist individuals in their pursuit of a career in the field of craft and to help promote the development of excellence in crafts in British Columbia.