Sorrel Van Allen

With intricate detailing and meticulous particularity, Sorrel Van Allen’s work stimulates both the artist and the viewer to think beyond limits and regard her creations as a one of a kind work of art. Van Allen is an award-winning contemporary jewellery and object maker with a background in red seal welding and artistic blacksmithing. She studied jewellery and metals at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada, and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland, receiving her BFA (2020). After graduation, Sorrel moved to Oxfordshire UK to continue her technical training during a one-year residential silversmithing course at Bishopsland Educational Trust (2020-21).


Van Allen’s high contemporary design is inspirational and motivational. Driven By the natural and urban landscape of the region, her work has wit and insight into both itself and the human condition. With a playfulness between light and shadow, patterns and colours, Van Allen’s combination of modern technologies with traditional methods creates simple but yet complex pieces that awe the viewer from every angle.

Van Allen’s jewellery and objects have been exhibited and published in Canada, the United States, and Europe, notably in Germany and the U.K. and are part of private and public collections including the Nova Scotia Art Bank. Currently a Kjipuktuk/Halifax based artist, Sorrel teaches Jewellery and metalsmithing part-time and maintains a full-time studio practice.


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