GOLDSMITHS’ FAIR 2013: WEEK 2 JEWELLERS
Week two of the Goldsmiths’ Fair provided me with one of the most diverse range of jewellers I have ever seen under one roof. The second week of the Goldsmiths’ Fair brought together experienced jewellers, recent graduates and the innovators of the UK Jewellery scene.
It was tough editing this post down to just 5 jewellers. In fact it was tough editing the whole fair down, hence my photo splurge yesterday. But, the edit is finished, so here is a more detailed look at some of my favourite jewellers from week two.
Ute Decker’s pieces are captivating. There is an intensity in them that I have never seen in such minimalistic pieces before. The way she takes the simple form of a line and sculpts it into a piece of wearable art is exquisite.
Decker is also a fierce campaigner for ethical jewellery, believing the chain from the mine, to jewellery, to the box should be a healthy happy one. Ute only works with fairtrade gold, 100% recycled silver and bio resins derived from sunflowers. All her packaging is also made from recycled materials.
Maud Traon is just as fun and vivacious as the statement jewels she creates. It was an absolute delight speaking to her as she modelled her bold textured rings for me. I asked Maud if she ever wears or designs smaller pieces, “No”, she exclaimed “If your gonna do it, go big. Make jewellery your outfit”
I couldn’t agree more. The beauty of Traon’s pieces is that you can go big but at no discomfort. Her rings are feather light and so comfortable to wear. With an explosion of colours and patterns Traon’s pieces pull focus from 100 miles away.
Mariko Sumioka creates pieces which reflect the respect and appreciation she has for traditional Japanese architecture and culture.
I love the lightness in Mariko’s pieces. There is a fresh thoughtful quality to her designs which is intriguing in a quite subtle way.
The graphic futuristic designs of Kathryn Hinton have been created by fusing traditional silversmithing techniques with modern digital technology. By using computer numerical control software, Hinton is able to mimic the technique of hammering digitally to produce innovative pieces of jewellery and silverware.
Sanni Falkenberg or ‘Queen of the Rocks’ as her card states was one of my favourite jewellers from the Goldsmiths’ Fair. I love her ethos of taking what mother nature offers you and showcasing theses marvels in their best light.
The rocks and crystals Falkenberg uses slightly dictate the pieces of jewellery they become. Sanni works organically with the materials she finds and then moulds them into jewellery which compliments their natural beauty and form.
The Goldsmith’s Fair was Sanni’s debut on the Jewellery show circuit. This recent graduate is one to put on your rising stars list.