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Goldsmiths’ Fair – 2014

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For over 30 years the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall in the heart of London has been showcasing the very best in British design and craftsmanship in the precious metals.  The annual ‘Goldmiths’ Fair’ this year continues the tradition, but with a new approach to the concept and with many new  and exciting exhibitors.  The fair allows the public to purchase pieces direct from the designer-makers over the two week period – in perfect time for Christmas!  The event contains the latest collections from 170 leading designer-makers, each exhibiting for one week, selected by an expert judging panel assembled by the Goldsmiths Company.

The new look fair, feels fresher and more spacious, the clean lines of the white stands clearly define the individual spaces without looking cluttered and tight, the exhibitors are happy to talk about their pieces and to allow you to take a closer look & try things on!

 

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There are plenty of new exhibitors this year, including Clara Breen who’s colourful pieces caught my eye, Clara incorporates paper into her beautifully crafted pieces, including these ‘Fossil’ Earrings with removable part; Oxidised silver, vermeil, citrine and paper. (week one, stand 15)

 

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Other tempting week one exhibitors include Shivani Patel, Melissa Rigby, new exhibitors Amy Keeper  and Tanja Ufer.

 

A new feature of the fair this year has been Goldsmiths’ Fair Revels ‘Zaha Hadid Selects.’  For the first time the fair has invited an iconic figure from the design world to make a selection of her favourite pieces from the 170 exhibitors. The internationally renowned architect has selected 21 pieces of jewellery and silver which have been displayed together at the start of the fair. Her selection is bold and diverse and all are testimonies to cutting edge design and techniques – here are a couple of my favourites from her selection:

 

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Tom Rucker’s Ring GEO. AEGEANA – This artist goldsmith uses state of the art laser welding technology in conjunction with master goldsmith skills to create his unique pieces, skills which are supremely in evidence in this stunning ring, the intricate laser welding of the wire work and the rich combinations of colour, texture and materials makes this ring a work of art and craft. (week one, stand 78)

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Ute Decker’s – ‘In Praise o Shadows’ Earrings – reminiscent of folded pieces of paper these minimalist but tactile earrings are striking and substantial in size but look effortlessly wearable and have a pleasing fluidity to their overall sculptural appearance. (week one, stand 4)

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It’s all change in week two, and I’m looking forward to checking out the work of  Ornella Iannuzzi (week two stand 72) whose distinctive pieces include this stunning ring:

 

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“A l’Ere Glaciaire”

Also Chris Boland, and Charmian Harris who have both used a variety of interesting gemstones in their bold pieces.

‘Monolith rings’

‘Monolith rings’ by Chris Boland

 

Opal bracelet set with 22ct gold & diamonds by Chairman Harris

Opal bracelet set with 22ct gold & diamonds by Charmian Harris

 

As you can imagine with 170 exhibitors there are far too many dazzling pieces to mention here and as this is a jewellery blog I haven’t even began to feature the many outstanding pieces of silversmithing work on show at the fair as well, definitely worth a look if you manage to visit!

Dates for the Fair 2014

Week one Monday 22 September 2014 – Sunday 28 September
Week two Tuesday 30 September – Sunday 5 October
Closed on Monday 29 September for the change-over.

11am – 6.30pm daily
Thursdays open 8.30pm

 

The Goldsmiths’ Company are also offering a series of breakfast talks over the course of the fair – these feature experts from the jewellery world speaking about their area of specialty, there are some really exciting talks scheduled (for example this morning was Edward Johnson – the London Director of the GIA!) but these are booking up quickly so if you’re interested do have a look at the website for booking details.

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New Designers 2014

 

A quick trip to the New Designers exhibition last month left me inspired to get back to the bench!

New Designers is an event to showcase the best in new and emerging design talent across a range of disciplines.  Unfortunately I didn’t have time to go around the whole event, I did however make a beeline for the jewellery/precious metal section.  Every material I could think of was represented there, along with some more traditional materials and designs, which were somewhat drowned in the sea of the avant-garde.

 

There are over 3000 exhibitors at New Designers, and of course not all jewellers, so here’s a taste of some of the highlights:

The wooden jewellery of Sayoko Kobayashi was beautifully crafted and  I was fascinated to hear about some of the techniques she used for staining the wood, which included raspberry juice and onion skins!

 

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My colleague and friend had her head turned by the laser cut rubber range of body adornment pieces produced by Black Lune,  truly statement pieces with such a unique look and feel.

I’m pretty sure my co-blogger would have enjoyed seeing the crocheted wirework of Sheila Zeat, [yes you’re right I would have loved to see this as a crochet addict!]

Being a gem lady myself, I was drawn to Lindsay Hill’s  rings, in particular the large geometric ring with movable stone, this designer won the Weston Beamor Award for her work, a great achievement.

 

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There were a number of awards handed out at the event and a list of the winners can be found here.  As I mentioned above there are a number of areas of design featured, but we make special mention of Karen Elizabeth Donovan who won the Goldsmiths’ Company award for Jewellery with her stunning designs.

Although there were so many to choose from, my favorite piece was a wonderfully tactile gold strip layered ring from the LISSOM collection of Mireia Rossell  showing in the one year on section (along with Black Lune) which welcomes back some previously shown graduates to chart their progress.  One size fits all[FYI your co-blogger is ridiculously jealous that you tried this on and wants a go herself]!!  The ring was comfortable to wear and oh so springy!  I was advised you could play with the shape and wear it different ways even stretched out as a neckpiece!  Although I was too afraid of damaging this lovely ring to try it out myself, I was most impressed when the designer demonstrated on herself!  If you want to see what I am talking about do have a look at her website:

 

 

So what do you think – stars in the making? We’ll be keeping an eye out….

 

If you’d like to check out any of the other jewellery (or indeed not jewellery) exhibitors from New Designers 2014 – One Year On you can find a list here and here.  We’ve picked out the jewellers for you below (if we’ve missed anyone out do let us know!):

 

Alice Barnes Jewellery

Alice Clarke

Anais Paulard

Beatrice Mayfield

Han-Chieh Chuang

Chloe Herrero

Christiana Christforou

Hamish Dobbie

Kelly Munro

Kirsty Stewart

Mirka Janeckova

Rhona McCallum

Sofie Boons

Stefanie Cheong

 

 

If you’re a blooming designer why don’t you apply to exhibit at New Designers next year?!