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The Association for Contemporary Jewellery

The Association for Contemporary Jewellery is devoted to the promotion, representation, understanding and development of contemporary jewellery in the United Kingdom and abroad.

 

Website: http://www.acj.org.uk/
Location: UK
Members: 70
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The Association for Contemporary Jewellery

is devoted to the promotion, representation, understanding and development of contemporary jewellery in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Founded as a membership association in 1997 and registered as a Limited Company in 2006, it recognises a need to foster discussion, debate and critical review and interaction amongst its members. To this end we organise conferences, lectures, seminars, workshops and an annual general meeting for our members. Our regular newsletter, findings, features reviews, information, comment, book offers and discounts and is of benefit to both our members and the wider public. We also produce a monthly e-bulletin featuring news and opportunities.

We welcome as members practising jewellers, associated designers and crafts people, educators, students, gallery owners and retailers, museum curators, critics and collectors - indeed, anyone with an interest in contemporary jewellery.


The Association for Contemporary Jewellery 
PO Box 37807 London SE23 1XJ United Kingdom 
Telephone: + 00 44 (0)20 8291 4201 
Fax: + 00 44 (0)20 8291 4452 
Email: enquiries@acj.org.uk

 

WHAT WE DO

• promote greater understanding of contemporary jewellery
• support jewellers’ creative and professional development
• develop audiences for this lively field of contemporary craft and design

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Started by Rebecca Skeels. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels Jul 12, 2015. 2 Replies

Calling ACJ members: Do let us know what you would like to read about in the next issue of Findings. Contact: info@poppyporter.co.uk. or comment here!New Writers: Findings is a valuable hub for knowledge sharing within the ACJ. Articles about events, projects, technical innovations, ideas, issues, internships, seminars, collaborations, new work, national and international. Contact: info@poppyporter.co.uk.Jewellery Being Worn: One of my policies for Findings is to picture jewellery being worn, and where possible not just on pretty young female models! If you see a great image of contemporary jewellery being worn, bring it to my attention. It may spark something. Contact: info@poppyporter.co.uk.Continue

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels 2 hours ago
http://www.craftanddesign.net/newsletter/craft-and-design-newslette...

Craft and Design

We're really exciting to bring you our May Newsletter - not only does it herald the start of National Craft and Design Month, we're announcing all the winners in our 2016 Selected Maker Awards too!

Find out who won Gold, who took Silver - and who's been awarded the top prize of all, our 2016 Selected Maker of the Year!

Click here to Download it for free to discover all this and more - happy reading!

Angie & Paul
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Monday
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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2016 KICKSTART WINNERS!

Each year, the entries for the KickStart competition get increasingly more exciting and innovative, making the judging even more difficult - and this year was no exception!

We are thrilled to announce this year's KickStart winners:

1. Addalit Jewellery Ltd
2. Vicky Lew London
3. Sammie Jo Coxon London
4. Joanna Bury
5. Lucas Alexander
6. Marina Skia Jewellery
7. Emily Richardson
8. CF Concept
9. Tiki
10. Emma Calvert

See their winning collections at IJL 2016 on joint stand T10 and be the first to source new products from this exceptional group of emerging talent.
http://www.jewellerylondon.com/Whats-On/KickStart/?utm_campaign=IJL...
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 23, 2016 at 7:56am
2016 American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship Awards: Fellows Martin and Erik Demaine
 
Congratulations to paper artists Martin and Erik Demaine, recipients of the 2016 American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship Award in association with The Balvenie.
 
Watch the video.
 
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 23, 2016 at 7:51am
Some people contacted us to let us know that two days in New York is a lot to commit to, so we are now offering a single day option. Come with AJF on Thursday, May 5 for a full day of art jewelry and conversation!
 
 
The exciting program starts with brunch and a panel discussion on collecting contemporary jewelry hosted by Norwegian Crafts (and sponsored by AJF), then on to a curator led tour of Bent, Cast & Forged: The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia at the Museum of Arts and Design, then end the day at Collective Design, visiting the booths of Sienna Patti with an exhibition of Jaime Bennett, and Ornamentum Gallery showing the work of Jiro Kamata.
 
Additionally, passes to see Spring Masters at the Park Avenue Armory will be provided by Didier, Ltd to attend on your own time.
 
There's more detailed information at the registration link. You must be a current AJF supporter at the $125 or higher level to participate. Space is very limited--only five slots--so don't delay! We'd love it if you came along.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 22, 2016 at 8:39am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 22, 2016 at 8:35am


Oh my stars


The RSC unveil beautiful star installation

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death with a season of exhibition and events.

On the 23 April 2016, on Shakespeare’s birthday and the 400th anniversary of his death they will unveil the newly-restored Grade II listed Swan Wing. Built in 1879 is the oldest part of the RSC’s theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon.  

A highlight of the restored Swan Wing is For all time, a major new artwork commission by Brighton-based artist and designer Steven Follen. 

For all time is made of 2,000 stainless steel stars suspended from the ceiling by fine wires to make the shape of a 3-metre tall human face. The face is surrounded by further metal stars, which loosely reflect the position of the constellations on Shakespeare’s birthday.

In other craft-related Shakespeare activity – the RSC is also exhibiting Well Said! – an exhibition of the playwrights’s most memorable quotes transformed by makers into artworks. Gary Breeze has carved a quote from Hamlet into a stone orb, the Brilliant Sign Company takes on Midsummer Night’s Dream and Karina Thompson embroiders a quote from The Tempest. 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 22, 2016 at 7:31am

Keep up to date with the postgraduate courses in School of Craft and Design at the university for the creative arts by following their digital network pages.

https://twitter.com/PG_Craft_Design

https://www.facebook.com/Postgraduate-School-of-Craft-and-Design-70...

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 22, 2016 at 7:27am

HOW TO BUILD A GOLDSMITH 

Wed 18 May - Fri 27 May 2016
Mon - Fri, 9am - 6pm, Free. Atrium

What skills and attributes does a goldsmith need? This exhibtion explores how aspiring and established goldsmiths acquire, hone and perfect their craft and asks what qualifies define an exceptional goldsmith. Read more

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 22, 2016 at 7:26am

Spring is here, the evenings are lighter and we’ve got plenty of courses and events to inspire. Whether you enjoy a last-minute course, take advantage of the Design and Craft Fair ticket offer or join our free talk by artist Shelly Goldsmith, step into spring with some creativity.

If you’ve not booked your creative holiday yet, Summer School places are filling fast and some are already fully booked. Why not improve your photography skills with Ways of looking – finding the image through the lens or discover a traditional craft in Woodcut printing inspired by West Dean.

We look forward to welcoming you here soon. Best wishes,

Alison Baxter, Head of Creative Enterprise

https://www.westdean.org.uk/study/themes/summer-schools-visual-arts...

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 22, 2016 at 7:23am

Engraver

Engraving involves the cutting of a design into the surface metal of a piece of jewellery.

As an engraver you might work for a jewellery company or gold or silversmithing company. Many engravers are self-employed. They often take w As an engraver you might work for a jewellery company or gold or silversmithing company. Many engravers are self-employed. They often take w

What do engravers do? 

Hand engraving is used for individual items. Machine engraving is used for mass produced items where it is important that they look the same.

Engravers may copy an existing design or one produced by someone else. They may also produce their own designs. They usually work on pieces produced by other people, such as jewellers or gold/silversmiths.

The engraved design can be a single letter or initials, a few letters or words, a pattern, or a picture. Very elaborate designs can be engraved, depending on the skills and design abilities of the engraver and the imagination and wishes of the customer.

What is the job like?

Hand engraving tools have changed very little over the years. Engravers use chisels, called gravers, of different sizes and shapes to get different effects. After engraving, the jewellery piece is polished.

Some engravers use enamelling techniques to add colour and different textures to their work.

Machine engraving is done with high speed cutters. The design is prepared as a template which is followed by a pantograph. Designs can also be scanned and engraved by computer-controlled machines.

Very elaborate designs can be engraved, depending on the design abilities of the engraver and the imagination of the customer.

As an engraver, you might work for a jewellery company or gold or silversmithing company. Many engravers are self-employed. They often take work from jewellery or metalsmithing companies or direct from the public.

Engravers work in a studio or workshop, either their own or an employer’s. If they are self-employed, they may work alone or with a few others. Customers may come to the studio to discuss designs.

Many engravers have websites to advertise and display their designs and services.

How do I become an engraver?

You need to have:

  • good eyesight
  • good dexterity (being precise with your hands)
  • good hand-eye coordination.

You also need to be patient and meticulous in your work. It helps to be creative, with good design skills, if you are producing your own designs. You should also have an understanding of different metals.

If you are dealing with the public, you need to have customer service skills. If you are engraving individual pieces, you may need to be able to explain your creative ideas to customers.

What qualifications and training do I need?

The Hand Engravers Association of Great Britain ishttps://ccskills.org.uk/careers/advice/article/engraver?utm_source=newsletter286&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Engraver&utm_campaign=newsletter     ,,engraving. 

 

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