Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Stefania Lucchetta creates jewels with a strong contemporary aesthetic, resulting from a long and deep research on shapes, materials and new techniques. She uses both cutting edge technologies and more traditional techniques, working with materials such as titanium, anallergic steel and resin, sometimes combined with precious metals.
One-off pieces of jewellery using traditional goldsmithing techniques. Precious metals are combined so they enhance each other with their subtle contrasts of tone and colour and add depth to the cool geometry of the designs. The silver is sometimes oxidised for a dramatic effect and gemstones are used as highlights.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Day four at Origin, and today’s highlights are brought to you from Ruth Tomlinson and Susi Hines, both fantastically intricate designers, but again, both totally different. I love Ruth’s style, and the mixture of gems perfectly contrasts the way she works into the metal, giving each piece a completely individual look. While with Susi’s jewellery, you can feel the time and planning that has gone into each section of her work, her neckpieces are just simply stunning for a metalwork geek like me, as well as being totally beautiful in their own right.
She writes; My jewellery is driven by a passion for tiny intricacies, small oddities and my search for preciousness within the world. My inspiration comes from lifecycles, change in nature and the history of jewellery. There are five collections to date including Flora, Encrustations, Hoard, Sketch and the 'Diamond and Wedding' collection.
She writes; Fine jewellery in 18ct gold and silver, this collection is influenced by orreries and spheres. I use both traditional and modern techniques with etching and engraving. My work engages from a distance as well as close up by using movement, rotation and linkage.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Jo Hayes Ward
Constructing jewellery from small elemental units, Jo Hayes Ward creates intricate sculptural pieces with an architectural aesthetic. Her award winning designs include simple forms that on close inspection dissolve into a filigree of shimmering cubes, striking interlocking gold and diamond rings and bold three-dimensional brooches in gold, silver and aluminium.
She writes; My jewellery explores the boundaries between reality and fantasy through the depiction of fairy-tale inspired images. Influenced by medieval Europe, Victorian and Japanese pop culture, my references combine to create figurative macabre objects. The silver and gold pieces are finely handcrafted assemblages of child-like imagination, suggestive of ambiguous, twisted humour.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
She writes; Roll and Bend are themes and techniques that I use on my simple formed jewellery pieces. To give vitality I use a painting effect on silver with Keumboo (Korean overlay technique) and gold leaf. I want my jewellery to be a small sculpture on your body.
She writes; My work attempts to capture the transient existence which reflects the simplest and twisted geometric shape. When we bake biscuits, adding vanilla essence which you may not taste but is a necessary ingredient to enhance the flavour. Thus, my work can be an essential part of the wearer even imperceptibly.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Origin offers a rare opportunity to see and buy a diverse range of high quality, original craft from over 200 makers in one convenient location. Disciplines range from ceramics, furniture, metalwork and glass, to fashion accessories, jewellery and knitwear.
22-28 September 2011 | Old Spitalfields Market London E1 6EW
Kimberley SelwoodJewellery inspired by organic forms. Each piece boasts intricate patterns and delicate textures, in combinations of silver and gold, which really allow Kimberley's designs to stand out from the crowd. Industry experts are hailing her "eye-catching originality" and have marked her out as a British designer to watch out for.
Individual silver and gold jewellery for men and women with unusual gemstones, such as rough diamonds, andean opals and crystallised agates. The often structural and heavy rings are lightened by the vibrant colour of the gemstones and the fine gold Kumboo on the edges.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
We conducted a short interview for you to learn more about her, and her jewellery.
You can buy her fantastic work from: F7 Shop
How do you start your design process?
I use the stones as a starting point, there colour, shape and size determine the design completely.
How did you come up with such an interesting solution as Floating Gems?
I wanted to create something different and design jewellery where the stones aren’t set where you would expect them to be. This approach allowed me to create unorthodox pieces that emphasised the vibrant gemstones even more so than just setting them traditionally.
Since graduating what have you been up to?
I have been developing my collection, taking part in exhibitions, fairs and I have taken on commissions.
What are your future ambitions?
I would love to have a collection of gold pieces and my own boutique.
What is the most important piece of jewellery you own?
It would have to be my big cluster ring I made when I was at university. It is so unique and I love how the gems have clustered.
you can buy her fantastic work from: F7 Shop