06-Nov-17 to 20-Dec-17Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri, 9am – 6pm, Free
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This showcase introduces you to the designer brands which explore new ways of approaching craft and design. Their collections aim to inspire and delight; question and challenge and demonstrate true creativity and innovation.
Commission or purchase these unique showcased pieces in time for Christmas! Work can be collected at the end of the exhibition or you can contact this year’s exhibitors directly:
Rachel Butlin, Spots and Lines Chopstick Brooch, walnut, oxidised silver, £196
Rachel Butlin, a graduate from Nottingham Trent University, seeks to challenge the concepts of contemporary interactive jewellery producing a range of high end mixed material wearable pieces. Inspired by Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, and Japanese architecture, she creates small sculptures that focus on harmony, colour use, rhythm, placement and elegantly simple design, which evoke curiosity between the piece and the wearer themselves.
Ely Yili Cao
Ely Yili Cao, Laughing Owl Glasses, Silver, Garnet, Silk, 4.5-5 Freshwater Pearl, Steel, £4,000
Ely Yili Cao stitches the endangered craft of Xiang embroidery, one of the four most distinguished embroidery styles in China, into her eye-catching wearable pieces. From eyewear to rings, her collection Silk Menagerie features deceptively lifelike embroidery of endangered animals and fauna. Having just completed her BA at Central Saint Martins Ely is heading to the Royal College of Arts this month to complete her MA. Ely feels that it is her duty to be the guardian of this ancient craft, protecting it from modern technology – in the same way that we have a duty to protect endangered species.
Christine Johnson, Optical Pendant 2, sterling silver, stainless steel, silicone, £1,550
Christine Johnson is an MA graduate from the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. Working predominately in silver, her collection Crossings explores the interplay of light and shadow, created by crossing lines and repetition. Optical effects are inherent in her designs and are produced either by physically moving an element or by changing position in relation to the piece.
Alex O’Connor, Veer Vessel and Cups, sterling silver, from £850
Silversmith Alex O’Connorcreates elegant, sculptural, yet functional vessel forms. These potent objects are rich with themes and meanings – ritual, containment, reflection and metaphor. By merging ideas, form and technique, she creates silverware that is unadorned, but richly tactile, celebrating the material while attempting to evoke ephemeral sensations through metal.
Ami Victoria Pepper
Ami Pepper, Abandoned Homes, 9ct yellow gold rose cut diamond, £2,420
Born in Pembrokeshire West Wales, Ami Peppertakes inspiration for her unique sculptural jewellery pieces from the intricate cluster formations of shells found on local beaches. Her jewellery is shaped like the shells washed ashore by the cycle of tides – abandoned homes that offer intricate textures, forms and tones. Meticulously hand carving, casting into metal and encrusted with stones, to form precious yet organiccompositions.
Victoria Radcliffe, Whiskey on the Rocks, sterling silver, crystal glass tumbler, £350
Silversmith Victoria Radcliffecreates bespoke contemporary, tactical pieces, which invite touch. A graduate from Sheffield Hallam University, her series On the Rocks is inspired by and designed around scenic mountain ranges. Her deep understanding of silversmithing has enabled her to experiment multiple techniques, creating bespoke pieces, which both surprise and elicit interaction.
Stephanie Wills,Concealed Pendant, sterling silver and 18ct yellow gold vermeil, 2016, £900
Stephanie Wills makes kinetic jewellery adorned in repeating shapes and symmetrical forms that reveal hidden patterns and gemstones. Her jewellery collection, entitled Concealed Series, invites the wearer to be playful. Each elegant and intriguing piece can be customised and worn in different ways through simple adjustments and movements.