The Association for Contemporary Jewellery

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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 on September 20, 2015 at 5:13am
www.homeofartisans.com is an online community marketplace 
of craftspeople from all over the world. We bring the stories of our craftspeople to life, showcase their pieces and sell them to our customers who are looking for unique and beautiful objects for their homes.

Everything offered on our website is made by an artist of craft and each piece offered for sale tells its own unique story.

By signing up to Home of Artisans, our craftspeople have their own profile within our online marketplace, are able to share their content to their own contacts and sell their key pieces instantly.

Home of Artisans makes it easy to sell work online, but at the same time, we are a community working together, not just an ‘online shop’.

We actively market you and your work, we mentor you to ensure you maximise your online sales, and we will represent you amongst our network of partners in the craft world.

We have selected you specifically to join our curated marketplace.

Your work is beautiful; and we know our customers will love what you create.

We look forward to the opportunity to represent you.



Register with us today:
www.homeofartisans.com
Or call Dan on 07966 790820
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 16, 2015 at 1:43am
Step into autumn as the combination of increasingly cosy nights and that ‘back to school’ feeling makes now the perfect time to make and create. Below you’ll find course inspiration for beginners, student news, a special ticket offer for the Brighton Art Fair just for you, and details of Mexican Week - our colourful antidote to grey autumn days.

Don’t miss Dressing your walls on 1 November with costume designer turned RHS gardener Lucie Tait. You’ll learn how to clothe your garden walls for stunning year round display, combining both drama and design.

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

Alison Baxter, Head of Creative Enterprise
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 12, 2015 at 10:25am

Alice Anderson: Memory Movement Memory Objects

EXHIBITION
22 July 2015 - 18 October 2015
Anderson’s sculptures entirely mummified in copper thread create glistening landscapes of beautiful, uncanny and transformed objects. http://wellcomecollection.org/

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 12, 2015 at 10:16am

Regina Aradesian, enameller

After discovering a love of jewellery-making on a foundation art course, Regina studied for a degree in Jewellery Design. She now specialises in enamelling.

Regina has perfected her enamelling skills to create distinctive pieces.Regina has perfected her enamelling skills to create distinctive pieces.

Hometown?

I'm Armenian, but I grew up in Iran and the US. 

I've been living in London for years now. All my jewellery study has been here.

What job do you do? 

I run my own business, designing and making my own pieces of contemporary enamel jewellery. I've been running it for several years. 

I also work at Holts Academy of Jewellery as a tutor and assessor. I coordinate the Level 2 courses

How did you get started in jewellery?

Since I was about seven years old, I liked to paint. I always thought I would be a graphic designer, but when I did my art foundation course at Chelsea College of Art my view completely changed.

 

"When people buy your art, it's an amazing feeling."

 

The course covered fashion, painting, 3D design, jewellery, and textiles. Jewellery became my favourite, and I picked it to specialise in for the degree course I went on to do at Central St Martins College of Art.

While I was doing my degree, I discovered enamel. Enamelling is applying powdered glass on metal and fusing the two together. It involves grinding the glass with purified water, applying it to the metal, and putting it in a kiln to be melted, fixed and fused.

It's so colourful, and as I have a background in painting it really caught my interest. I could, effectively, recreate what I loved about painting in jewellery form. 

What previous jobs have you done? 

Whilst at university, I worked part-time in a jewellery shop in Covent Garden as a sales assistant. I was there for long enough that when the manager left, just as I was graduating, the managerial post was offered to me. I managed the jewellery shop for several months after university.

During this time I was very active in making my own jewellery. I won aGoldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Award, and then I was accepted as a seller at the Goldsmiths Fair

The fair is one of the most prestigious retail jewellery fairs in the UK. I won a bursary and a free stand there, and it really helped me to launch my jewellery business.

Since then, I've been designing, making and selling regularly, and I've attended the fair every year. ...

http://ccskills.org.uk/careers/advice/article/regina-aradesian-enam...

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 12, 2015 at 10:14am

Join us this autumn for HANDMADE AT KEW: The International Contemporary Craft Event!
Handmade at Kew is a unique opportunity to browse, buy or commission beautiful and original work direct from over 200 of the world's best designers and makers! Everything exhibited is available for purchase and the makers will be on hand throughout the event to explain the stories and processes behind their craft. Click here to see the full list of our talented exhibitors http://www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/shows/kew/exhibitors/.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 12, 2015 at 10:10am
September sees the start of a really busy season of events with lots going on all over the UK. So for a bit of leisurely reading and a catch-up on what's happening, when and where - along with details of how professional designer makers working in Britain or Ireland can enter for our 2016 Selected Maker Awards, download our latest newsletter now - it's absolutely free of charge!

With very best wishes

Angie & Paul Boyer
http://www.craftanddesign.net/newsletter/craft-and-design-newslette...
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 12, 2015 at 10:04am
One month to go...

Get involved & inspired
at this year's Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair.
http://greatnortherncontemporarycraftfair.cmail2.com/t/ViewEmail/r/...

The much anticipated Northern celebration of comtemporary craft returns to Old Granada Studios in Manchester, from Friday 9th - Sunday 11th October. (Tickets are also available for the Preview Evening on Thursday 8th October, where you can enjoy a glass of wine and be one of the first to experience this year's show). The GNCCF, winner of Tourism Event of the Year at Manchester Tourism Awards 2014, is a not to be missed event, so get the dates in your diaries and start planning a trip with friends and family. This year, discounted tickets are available to buy in advance via the website - saving you money on the door and helping you beat the queues.


We’ve got 175 designer-makers selling beautiful unique work, with many new makers exhibiting with us for the first time and lots of exciting new features, where for the first time, you too can get involved.

This year we launch 'Craftworks': maker demonstrations, workshops, curator-led talks & tours and two specially commissioned features - a large scale ceramic installation and the GNCCF's very first Artist in Residence. Sign up to workshops below.

And with fabulous food and drink - including afternoon tea - courtesy of our pop up cafe 'Casual Manna', your GNCCF visit promises to be a great day out. We hope you can join us.

As well as viewing our exhibitor line up on the website, we're also posting images and news across our social media networks. Please spread the word by liking, commenting and sharing our posts to help make this our most sucessful event to date. Check on our links below to access our various platforms.
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