I managed to get to three events during London Craft Week. There was so much I missed but what I did get to was very inspiring. The first event was a talk by Ramon Puig Cuyas at Central Saint Martins.
Ramon is a well-known jeweller and professor from Barcelona, Spain. He talked about his work over many years and was a funny and engaging speaker. I wrote a whole page of notes to take away and think about but I thought I'd share a few of them here:
Ramon asked himself why make jewellery? He doesn't like jewellery and showed the audience an image of traditional gemstone fine jewellery as an example, he thought maybe it's possible to make something that people like him will like.
He likes to make things quickly. He doesn't want things to take a week or a month. If he makes something in 8 hours, ok, however 2 is good! :-) Things can take longer however his preference is for things to be quicker.
He doesn't want to work with precious metals or stones. He said that people make decisions about worth. He finds many of his materials on the beach and he wants people making a decision to buy on the piece rather than the value.
He almost exclusively makes brooches and he explained that a brooch is worn outside of your body and therefore is more easy and free. There are more limitations with a ring etc. Earrings and necklaces are worn next to your skin. It is not easy to make a necklace in a decorative way. It can end up being wearable and therefore commercial and not as creative. He also likes to make one off pieces, it is boring to make anymore than that - I find this too!
As part of London Craft Week a collection of his brooches was on display at Loewe, so I made a quick dash there the following day to see them which was my second LCW event. It was great to see the brooches next to their hand drawn boxes.
My final event of the week was at Cockpit Arts Deptford where I went to listen to the journalist, curator and jewellery collector Corinne Julius talk with three jewellers Petra Bishai, Jo Hayes Ward and Maud Tron. They all have very different work, inspirations and processes and it was fascinating to hear about them and get to see and handle their work.