Eight contemporary British jewellers have come together to exhibit at the 11th edition of the prestigious SIERAAD International Jewellery Art Fair in Amsterdam from 1st – 4th November. Each with our own style, voice and specialism, Collect_ive aims to promote British art jewellery to a wider audience. We are Farrah Al-Dujaili, Laura Bradshaw-Heap, Melanie Codarin, Katie Lees, Yu-Ping Lin, Grace Page, Natalie Smith and Anna Wales.Together we use a variety of mediums and subjects within our…See More
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My work comprises mainly brooches and necklaces made out of various designs of silver and gold chain alone, or chain attached onto a copper mesh base which are then enamelled. Even though I have endless sources of inspiration, looking into ancient Greek and Cypriot Jewellery had a tremendous influence on my work. The unconventional process I follow in the making of my jewellery is a product of many months of experimenting with sifting and fusing enamels, which resulted in me pioneering a unique method of fusing enamel on a movable base (chain). My aim is to try and stretch the boundaries of what can be achieved with glass powder as a medium, thus introducing a unique way of enamelling in the contemporary jewellery world as an alternative to what is already out there.
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I agree- there was good work at SCHMUCK, but an overwhelming amount of not-very-inspiring jewellery, too. I thought the Talente show had a much better quality of work, over all. Did you go to the opening for Karl Fritsch's curated exhibition on Friday night at the Pinakotek der Moderne? I think that was one of the big highlights of the whole event for me- and I agree with you, it was also really good to meet other designers and makers and talk about nothing but jewellery for days at a time!
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I am happy to share with all of you more images of wonderful brooches from artists around the word. I had so many submissions on my first call that I had to create a second part exhibition. This exhibition focuses on a side of the brooch we usually do not pay much attention to: the back side. Our first look is naturally always trained at the front, but when we do take the time to look at the back of a brooch, it will oftentimes reveal a surprising aspect for us, a delightful little secret. With…See More
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