IJL KickStart 2017

I am really excited to announce that I have been selected as one of ten jewellers to exhibit at International Jewellery London in September as part of KickStart!  This is a huge opportunity and will be my first ever trade show, thank you to the NAJ and IJL. You can read the press release here.

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Resin with Kathie Murphy

I have started using a bit of resin in my jewellery and as I hadn’t used it since university (2001-2004!) I decided to go on a course for a bit of a refresher. Kathie Murphy is a resin guru and has been making resin contemporary jewellery for over 25 years, authored at least 3 books and teaches regularly. It was a wonderful three saturdays spent mould making, testing, experimenting and generally getting more confident with the material:

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Model making
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ACJ 20:20 Visions

The Association for Contemporary Jewellery is celebrating its 20th year and as part of this they invited members to submit work for a touring exhibition. I was delighted that my sculptural Fold necklace was selected. The exhibition has already been to the National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford and Sheffield Institute of Arts and this month it arrived in London. I went to the private view on Thursday 18th May at the Goldsmiths’ Centre:

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Sculptural Fold Necklace
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London Craft Week 2017

Better later than never! London Craft Week ran from 3rd-7th May and I did a whistle-stop tour of four exhibitions including seeing my own work in Jaggedart. This was only a tiny fraction of things happening across London however it always comes around really quickly and then is suddenly over! Anyway, here are the photos:

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jaggedart, Marylebone.
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Brooches for LCW2017

London Craft Week starts next week and as part of this I have new work in an exhibition called Cabinet of Curiosities at jaggedart, Marylebone.

In this special collection of brooches I have been exploring Spring. Trees full of blossom in the surrounding streets have been a particular inspiration.

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Made London Canary Wharf

Last month I exhibited at the inaugural Made London Canary Wharf. Held over two weeks, with different exhibitors each week, the show was held in a marquee in Canada Square Gardens. Here are some images of the show:

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All set up in Canada Square Garden
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Burberry Makers House

Last week I went to Makers House to see a unique collaboration between Burberry and the Henry Moore Foundation. It was on for  a week following Burberry’s February runway show and I found out about it through social media where more and more people were posting about it! It felt like such a privilege to be able to see the collection and exhibition.

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Broadstairs and Margate

For my birthday weekend we took a trip to Broadstairs and Margate. I’d never been to either and we had a brilliant time exploring. We ate lots of lovely food (including ice-cream), walked along the beach, saw a film in a tiny cinema and went to the Turner Contemporary…

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Broadstairs – the sun didn’t actually shine but we had a great time anyway :-)
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Collect 2017 at the Saatchi Gallery

It was a wonderful feeling seeing the jewellery collaboration at Collect! Here are some images of them along with a few other highlights.

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Collect at the Saatchi Gallery.
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Botanica at Collect

January has been dedicated to working on a collaboration with Valeria Nascimento and Luke Hope. Our jewellery collection is launching at Collect at the Saatchi Gallery with Jaggedart this week! Botanica combines porcelain with wood and silver and you can see more of the pieces I made here.

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Brooch: porcelain and oxidised silver.