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
Latest Activity: yesterday

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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Call for Applications

Starter Studio Programme
\\ Designer Silversmiths & Jewellers

Are you an ambitious designer silversmith or jeweller in need of a supportive programme offering workspace, equipment, technical & mentor support, business advice plus commission and exhibition opportunities? Our Starter Studio Programme for early career silversmiths and jewellers could be for you.

Designed to provide start-up support for designer makers at an early career stage, the two-year programme has supported more than 30 makers to date, with 80% progressing to set up their own silversmith workshop. The programme has now been running for 15 years and is based at the award winning Persistence Works Studios in Sheffield.

Key Features of the 2 year programme include:

• 24/7 access to shared fully equipped studio space @ £120 per month
• Access to technical and mentor support
• Business advice and support
• Bursary to undertake online training via The Design Trust
• Exhibition and commission opportunities
• 20% discount on regular studio rental for 2 years from completion of the programme (subject to studio availability)

All mentors for the Programme are experienced, nationally known silversmiths and/or jewellers, including include Brett Payne, Chris Knight, Maria Hanson, Rebecca Joselyn, Coilin O’Dubhghaill and Jennie Gill.

Our technical design expert and skills trainer Cameron Maxfield, who offers support to all our programme beneficiaries on a weekly basis, recently won the prestigious Marsh Heritage Skills Trainer award; a prize for passing on valuable traditional craft skills to new generations of silversmiths. In 2013 we were also shortlisted for inaugural Craft Skills Award.

The deadline for applications is 9am, Monday 11th July 2016, with the programme set to commence first week in October 2016. We're able to offer places to three new starters each year and advise potential applicants to visit the Starter Studio workshop at Persistence Works.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Saturday

                              Jewellery Workshop Manager

An exciting opportunity for you to help develop & move our business forward

Application deadline: May 31st 2016

Who we are:
Amongst many things, Posh Totty Designs is the original pioneer of hand stamped jewellery. We design & make precious keepsakes that immortalise personal sentiments in a stylish, yet unique way. From a one-woman kitchen-table business just 12 years ago, we’re now proud to run the biggest professional jewellery-making workshop in the South East. Our workshop caters for up to 18 skilled jewellers at any one time, and at peak times we can find ourselves producing up to 500 orders a day. Our presence locally and online is prominent and ever growing- we’re a multi-channel retailer stocking not only our own beautiful boutiques and website, but also some of the biggest marketplaces & department stores online.

We’re a fun, vibrant, young (hearted) and eagerly creative team that are passionate about what we do. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive work place where everyone has a voice, and everyone’s ideas are heard.

Where we’re going:
On the horizon this year is a London based boutique, a jewellery parties project, A celebrity collaboration and a local make & meet venue. There’s no such thing as a ‘quiet period’ at PTD.

What we need from you:
Our workshop is the lifeblood of our business and as such we need you to run a tight ship whilst inspiring, teaching and motivating your incredible team of 14 jewellers. With your professional creative background we want you to be ahead of your game in terms of the latest and forecasted trends, always with one eye on the commercial jewellery world, you’ll be the go-to person for developing ideas. Our products are diverse and unique so we naturally fall victim to copy-cats, with this in mind, continued innovation and exciting new seasonal designs are vital. Your role will be very varied and no one day will be the same, excellent time management and delegation is therefore crucial to your role. We’re always learning and evolving so any improved methods or processes you can bring to the table, even better.

Why work for us?
Posh Totty Designs never stands still and we are looking for someone who shares our passion to grow with us. This is an exciting opportunity for you to help develop & move our business forward whilst putting your hand-stamp (sorry) on things. If you’re looking for a challenging and creative role where you can utilise both your leadership and silversmith skills, then this role could well be what you’re looking for. In return for your valuable contribution we will be offering a competitive salary package and a great working environment.

When:
We are looking for someone to join the team as soon as possible but it’s vital we find the right person so we’re happy to be flexible. For a further understanding of who and what we are about, please visit our website www.poshtottydesigns.com If you like what you see and you’re keen to climb aboard, please send a covering letter, C.V. and a portfolio of your work and designs to Jess@poshtottydesigns.com

We’re looking forward to meeting you.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Saturday
DEADLINE ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY!
The deadline is approaching for your chance to be a part of our brand new Handmade in Britain show in Scotland, Handmade Edinburgh. If you're a UK based designer-maker working in any discipline across fashion and interiors, you're eligible to apply for a stand at the show. And, with only two weeks left, we're happy to accept applications without postal contracts or deposit cheques.
Read on to find out why Handmade Edinburgh could be the show for you...
Handmade Edinburgh is...
Scotland's newest craft event – Set to become the leading showcase for Contemporary Craft in Scotland, Handmade Edinburgh sets very high standards, representing the finest designer makers and artists from Scotland and beyond.
 
Curated by an experienced team - Handmade Edinburgh is the newest addition to a portfolio of successful events organised by the team behind the highly acclaimed Chelsea craft fair and Handmade at Kew.
 
 
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Saturday

Press Office Contact:
Isabel Keim, 020 7566 7658
isabel.keim@goldsmiths-centre.org


PRESS RELEASE

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK (CDW) STAGES “LIVE EVENTS” HUB AT THE GOLDSMITHS’ CENTRE


Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) at the Goldsmiths’ Centre (central image) will feature high calibre speakers, a pop-up exhibition and hands-on workshops in the Museum of Making on St John’s Square.

From 24 to 26 May 2016 the Goldsmiths’ Centre in the heart of Clerkenwell will become the “Live Events” hub for the seventh edition of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW), the UK’s leading independent design festival. During the festival, CDW in partnership with the Goldsmiths’ Centre will celebrate design innovation hosting CDW’s popular Conversations in Clerkenwell talks alongside Taster Workshops for those in the design field, a pop-up exhibition titled How to build a Goldsmith and drop-in making sessions in a pavilion designed by Swedish practice White Arkitekter, The Museum of Making, on St John’s Square.

The Goldsmiths’ Centre’s unique collaboration with CDW will see the largest event held to date in its venue and turn the spotlight onto its core values “Creativity, Craftsmanship, Community”, bringing together goldsmiths with the wider design community. Conversations in Clerkenwell, sponsored by 250 City Road and curated by CDW, will feature an eminent line-up of speakers exploring current industry topics in the Centre’s Exhibition Room. Key talks include Process – Making and how Craft makes the Difference on 26 May from 12.30pm to 1.30pm, which will see Grant Gibson of Crafts Magazine lead a discussion on how process and craft make the difference with designer-maker Sebastian Cox, Creative Director and designer Theo Williams, Fredrik Färg of design duo Färg & Blanche, plus top jewellery designer and Goldsmiths’ Centre alumni Ivonna Poplanska. This will be followed from 3.30pm to 4.30pm by the talk Re-imagining a Design

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Saturday
We are very much looking to promote Hand Made and British at our shows.
In a Society where we are buying throwaway products, we would like to do our bit in promoting handmade and British and are therefore offering serious discounts to try and make an avenue selling these products.
If you are interested please let us know.  Our upcoming shows are:
Croydon Surrey Town and Country Show - 29/30 May
Mill Hill Town and Country Show - 18/19 June
Nonsuch Town and Country Show - 25/26 June
Many thanks and we hope to hear from you.
Kind regards,
 
 
Sonia Lawson
 
01728 685302
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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Saturday
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Saturday

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/conversations-at-clerkenwell-process...

Crafts editor, Grant Gibson will be discussing Process:Making and how craft makes the difference next thursday as part of Clerkenwell Design Week

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Saturday
 
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a method for 3D printing artificial hair, allowing them to print everything from paintbrushes to fake fur (+ movie).
 
The team, who are from the institute's Tangible Media Group, are able to print hairs as thin as 50 microns in diameter, making possible new types of tactile surfaces.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 16, 2016 at 4:47am

Don't miss this inspiring day out:

Workshops
Demonstrations
Entertainment
Book Now and Save! http://www.craftinfocus.com/cde_tickets_2016/cde_tickets.html

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 16, 2016 at 4:46am

Summer Craft Collection now open

 

This summer season the New Ashgate Gallery has chosen a wonderful and diverse collection of ceramics, textiles, jewellery and wood.  The exhibition presents both established and emerging artists which include: Kirsty Adams, Adele Brereton, Lucy Burley, Ekta Kaul, Diana Greenwood, Rachel Jones, Jan Lewin-Cadogan, Sian Patterson, Emily Thatcher, Morrison Thomas and Ali Tomlin.

Emily Thatcher, Clawed Triad Ring, Silver with Tourmalated Quartz

 

Jan Lewin-Cadogan, Turning Tides Bowl, Stoneware

 

We hope to see you in the gallery soon

 

Kind regards

Outi, alison & Loucia

 

New Ashgate Gallery

Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7PS

Email: gallery@newashgate.org.uk 

Tel: 01252 713208

 

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