Thursday, 28 March 2013

City and Guilds @cityLit

I wanted to share some photos of my students work, who study on the Level Two City and Guilds at City Lit, in London. These images show the final pieces from their chain project.

They study at college for just one day a week, so you can see what a dedicated group they are! I really enjoy how individual the works are and how their personal language is emerging already.

Carol Hunt

Cathy Comber

Emily Bedford

Helen Woods

Jitka Mamo

Jo Teague

Konstantinos Karanikas

Louise Vaughan

Maria Savva

Maria Troger

Marion leboutier

Sandra Bornemann

Shadi Jian Zibaee

Next up after this project is our Live project with Annoushka. They are designing and making rings for this one. They started off with a breakfast visit to Annoushka for a talk, Q&A and handling session with Creative Director Liz Olver. At the end of the project Liz will be visiting to judge the works and will be awarding the best in: Technical skill, Design and Innovation, with an overall winner getting "A Day at Annoushka". I am so excited to see how their work develops in their second project...I post some photos after the project is completed.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

The Coolest Corner

My very good friend and fellow jeweller Paula Lindblom is showing work at "The Coolest Corner", a touring exhibition showing works from makers in Nordic countries. Below you can see two works by Paula and it's inclusion in the catalogue.

"The touring exhibition, From the Coolest Corner, is conceived as a follow-up of the successful Nordic jewellery exhibitions in 1996/7 and 2002/3. Each Nordic country will be thoroughly presented at the exhibition. A total of about 160 works will be on show, including a selected group of artists from Estonia. An international expert jury has selected the participants based on applications from the artists. The exhibition will feature the newest and most advanced of Nordic jewellery, and presented to a wide audience."

Makers showing are: Denmark: Annette Dam, Marie-Louise Kristensen, Kaori Juzu, Josephine Winther, Julie Bach and Thorkild Thøgersen Finland: Ami Avellán, Aino Favén , Clarice Finell, Janne Hirvonen, Sirja Knaapi, Mervi Kurvinen, Mirja Marsch, Anna Rikkinen, Janna Syvänoja and Monica Wickström Iceland: Hulda B. Ágústsdóttir, Ástþór & Kjartan for Orr, Hildur Ýr Jónsdóttir and Helga Ragnhildur Mogensen Norway: Liv Blåvarp, Sigurd Bronger, Linnea Calder, Lillan Eliassen, Elise Hatlø, Anne Léger, Anna Talbot and Gunnhild Tjåland Sweden: Tobias Alm, Beatrice Brovia, Nicolas Cheng, Åsa Elmstam, Daniela Hedman, Hanna Hedman, Karin Johansson, Jenny Klemming, Agnieszka Knap, Agnes Larsson, Kajsa Lindberg , Paula Lindblom, Åsa Lockner, Märta Mattsson, Lena Olson, Lina Peterson, Annika Pettersson, Margareth Sandström, Sanna Svedestedt, Anna Unsgaard, Peter de Wit, Sara Borgegård Älgå and Annika Åkerfelt Estonia: Julia Maria Künnap, Maarja Niinemägi, Kristi Paap, Anna-Marie Saar and Tanel Veenre

Guests of Honour. The jury decided to invite jewellers who had and are still having a great impact on the artistic development of the jewellery scene in their country. Denmark: Kim Buck Finland: Helena Lehtinen Norway: Konrad Mehus Sweden: Tore Svendson Estonia: Kadri Mälk

Tuesday, 26 March 2013


I will be showing some works at Nuro Association's Fascino Tessile, which opens next month on the 12th April. Here are some images from the makers exhibiting.

"This exhibition, intended for a vast audience, wishes to present body ornaments which do not distinguish themselves for their obvious economic value but for their ability to turn one's attention to the often forgotten hollows of the mind and the heart. The observer, who is not just the passive end user, is called to interject and observe with a keen and critical eye to better explore these new landscapes. Undisputed protagonist is the fabric, seized in its various aspects: at its origin as silk cocoon, as thread, knitted or crocheted or sewn with paper, as twisted fabric mixed with either non-precious metals or stones.

Luis Acosta, Valeria Caprini, Trinidad Contreras, Lyn Cooke, Nunzia De Feo, Joanne Haywood, Grace Hamilton, Alejandra Koreck, Maria Rosa Mongelli, Mabel Pena, Sabina Tiemroth, Stella Valencia Iragorri, LizWills, Yu-Ping Lin.

In addition to creations by star guest, Luis Acosta, whose works are held in major public and private collections, there are works by goldsmiths different from backgrounds (Argentina, Cote d'Ivoire, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain, Taiwan) and for trainings (several schools or Universities: Alchimia, Birmigham University, Buenos Aires University, Central Saint Martins, Escola Massana, Gerrit Academy, London Metropolitan, Ming Chuan University).

Notable are: Trinidad Contreras, mentioned at the prize Cominelli in 2011, Joanne Haywood, appreciated writer on textile jewellery books, Alejandra Koreck with Sabina Tiemroth, both selected for Smuck 2013, Mabel Pena mentioned at Bienal de Artesanìas de Buenos Aires in 2011, then Yu-Ping Lin who in 2012 was awarded the Best Fashion Accessory Award at the British Craft Trade FAIR."

I would like to share a couple of blog posts which have covered the exhibition so far Like a Magpie, showing quite a few works from the exhibition, and another one at Preziosa Magazine.

Call for Artist in Residence

Here is some information about the Artist In Residence opportunity in Birmingham's world renowned Jewellery school. The deadline is the 1st April... "The School of Jewellery is pleased to announce its Artist in Residence (AIR) mentoring scheme and invites you to express interest directly to Jo Pond, Lecturer and Artist in Residence Coordinator. The residency position is in essence, space and facilities in exchange for a small studio mentoring input. You would be given access to bench space and facilities within the Schools outstanding workshops for the duration of the residency, for which there would be no charge. This should be viewed as an opportunity for you to develop your own work and technical skills in a creative environment, without the constraints of set course work or timetable. It would also allow you to positively extend your CV." You can see more about the application process here and see a film about it here For further information or any questions please contact the Artist in Residence Coordinator