Visiting Bovey

Just had a lovely day in Bovey Tracey at the Craft Festival. Good to see fellow Designer Jewellers Group​ members Henrietta Fernandez and Ulli Kaiser exhibiting, and Kelly Munro, one of our New Designers from a couple of years back. All their stands looked great.

I couldn’t resist buying some formica and silver earrings from Emily Kidson, and a painting by textile artist Dionne Swift, and so have come home very happy!


It was also good to see an exhibition of Jan Truman‘s sculptural textile pieces in the Devon Guild of Craftsmen Gallery, just round the corner in Bovey Tracey town. I’m very familiar with Jan’s stunning jewellery, which I’ve sold so much of at the Barbican, but this was on a completely different scale!

A bit of a buswoman’s holiday, but most enjoyable!

The Craft Festival is on for the rest of the weekend, and has recently (deservedly) won Devon’s tourism event of the year, so do get along there if you can!

PS Thanks to Dionne for the image of her painting which I swiped from her website: I’m sure her photo is much better than mine.

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Back to the Barbican

All ready for set-up on Saturday!

We’ll be open every day from midday till 8pm, from 16th May till 14th June, selling the work of 27 great contemporary jewellers in the fantastic setting of London’s Barbican Centre. Looking forward to it!

Back at the Barbican

Yes, the Designer Jewellers Group annual Winter exhibition is now open for business again at the Barbican Centre in London.

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As usual, set up was both hard work and good fun: it’s always great to meet up with such a lovely bunch of people, and to feel part of the team.

My shelf at set up: bear in mind that I will be bringing in new pieces during the show though!

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New Designers 2014

Nearly forgot to share this blog post I wrote for the Designer Jewellers Group about our visit to New Designers 2014 and the wonderful new makers we selected to join us at the Barbican Centre this winter! Looking forward to exhibiting with Mirka Janeckova, Sheila Roussel, Jelka Quintelier, Harriet Knight, Mireia Rossel, and Esme Parsons.

But rather than just leaving it there: a mention for some of the other great artists and makers we found.

I loved these stitched images of kitchen equipment, by textile artist Cathy MacTaggart. Each was machine embroidered onto a series of jam pot covers, in memory of her mother.

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Top Jupp made covetable ceramics: I particularly loved his porcelain lampshades.

This year we visited the Royal College of Art’s graduation show as well as New Designers. An Alleweireldt and I had fun with Youjin Nam‘s series of pieces ‘Mirror Mirror on the Wall’. We progressed from selfies, to taking photos of each other, to taking photos of each other wearing the same piece at the same time! Great fun, but unfortunately not quite right for our cabinets at the Barbican!

 

Made London

Full steam ahead now getting ready for ‘Made London – the design and craft fair’. This is a fairly new show. It ran for the first time last year, and in the absence of Origin, has quickly become a major player in the craft fair circuit.

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Open from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th October, with a preview evening on Thursday 24th, this promises to be a great event.

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The venue is the stunning Sir John Soane Church, opposite Great Portland Street tube station.

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I’m exhibiting as part of the Designer Jewellers Group, and our stand is in the Crypt: very atmospheric!

Tickets are £10 on the door, £8.50 if you buy in advance, or if you click here you can get 2 for the price of one. I also have just one free ticket (admits two people) that I will mail to the first person who emails me! It is for admission only on either the preview evening (Thursday 24th, 18.00 – 20.30) or on Friday 25th (11am – 8pm).

Been busy…

I had an extremely busy April and May, because on the same day that my solo show opened I went to collect my first ever puppy, Jack. Well to be honest he’s not really my puppy, he belongs to a charity called Canine Partners, which provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities: I’ll be his puppy parent for the next year or so. It’s my job to socialise him and get him ready for advanced training.

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This was Jack very soon after we got him. Very timid: creeping out gingerly from under my jacket, which was hanging on the back of a chair. Tiny – just 7 weeks old – and extremely cute.

Well of course since then my life has been entirely different. As Heather, our Somerset regional trainer says: ‘He’s a baby! A baby puppy!’ I remember nodding wisely as very pregnant new allotmenteers arrived at the allotment site, convinced that they’d have a lovely time growing vegetables whilst their baby slept blissfully in the shade of the shed. It never happened: they always disappeared when the reality of motherhood struck.

Well I haven’t completely stopped all normal activities, but my jewellery making has definitely been curtailed since Jack’s arrival. Of course he does sleep a lot, but then I have to rush around madly trying to fit in all those other things that you can’t do with a puppy in your arms or under your feet.

So, what I really need to say – is that this being June and a very busy month in the world of jewellery – I have just about managed to post work off to two more galleries for their summer shows, and to set up in the Barbican for the Designer Jewellers Group summer show, and next week we’re off to Bovey Tracey in Devon for the Contemporary Craft Festival. Please do check these events out if you’re anywhere near London, Devon, the Isle of Wight, or Hebden Bridge. More details below. And soon, I promise, more about the lovely Jack!

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On now:

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Designer Jewellers Group @ The Barbican Arts Centre, London, EC2 midday – 8pm, every day until 21st June.

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Atelier Jewellers, 66 High Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight. Summer show on now until October.

And coming soon:

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Heart Gallery, The Arts Centre, 4a Market Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6AA. 10th June – 2nd October.

 

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The Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey, Devon, 15th – 17th June.

Filipa Oliveira

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It’s always good to see a new take on an old tradition, and that’s exactly what Filipa Oliveira does. I first came across her work in the New Designers exhibition in London last summer, when she’d just been awarded with the Goldsmiths’ Company’s award for jewellery: quite an honour.

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It was no wonder Filipa had such a crowd around her: this is unusual work, and a great updating of an age-old technique. During her studies Philipa explored the ancient technique of filigree, which is associated with different peoples and cultures at different times and in many countries. Having begun her career in her native Portugal, Filipa took her degree in Jewellery and Metal Design in Dundee.

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Making repeated tiny forms and often incorporating gemstones, Philipa constructs beautifully intricate cell-like patterns: her jewellery almost seems to unfold.

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You can see (and buy) more of Filipa’s work at the Barbican, open again now until 6th January, or on her website or facebook page.