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Jewellery buying sentiments highlighted as NAJ publish consumer research

The National Association of Jewellers has published its consumer research on the role of Jewellery in the lives of UK customers, in whitepaper and research report format. Profiling the opinions of more than 2500 consumers, the ‘outside in’ research is one of the largest market research activities to be carried out by the trade for a decade, and a first for the Association. Supported by The Company of Master Jewellers and The Goldsmiths’ Company , the research is now available to download. Download Whitepaper The report identifies key themes underpinning purchases such as ‘to celebrate or commemorate a relationship’, which

Signage - Public art Commission, Eastleigh Borough Council

Signage - Public art Commission, Eastleigh Borough Council Eastleigh Borough Council (EBC) is inviting Expressions of Interest. An opportunity has arisen to design replacement welcome signs for the West End village in EBC. There are in total four signs which are needing to be replaced at either end of the village. Some key themes that have been identified for further exploration include the disappearing village identity which is very important to local residents. Please email WESTENDART@eastleigh.gov.uk for an artist brief

Call for Applications: Chair of Material and Design Innovation

Call for Applications: Chair of Material and Design Innovation Applications are invited for the position of Chair of Material and Design Innovation, University of Edinburgh. We are seeking to appoint an outstanding designer/maker to the post. The major remit of the role is to provide outward-facing strategic leadership in making and innovation by supporting the University’s strategic themes: influencing globally; contributing locally, maintaining and creating partnerships with creative industries. There will also be a requirement to be involved with enhancing learning and teaching initiatives within the School of Design and ECA more generally. Person Specification You will have a specialism

SoLo Craft Fair

Call for Applications: SoLo Craft Fair SoLo Craft Fair is delighted to be popping up on Southbank right by the London Eye as part of the Between the Bridges event. The summer will bring 16 weeks of themed markets in the heart of London. Between the Bridges will be home to food stalls, bars, pitch and put, boules, live music, DJs and more. SoLo Craft Fair will be hosting a market every Sunday throughout the summer 11am -4pm. Each event will host 30-40 different traders under a certain theme (please find dates and themes below). SoLo Craft Fair is aiming to

Maison Chaumet launches podcast series

Maison Chaumet has launched a new series of podcasts, ‘Virtuoso Conversations’. An extraordinary dive into the constantly renewed creativity and expertise of the very first jewellery Maison to establish itself on the mythical Place Vendôme. As the Maison is celebrating its 240th anniversary this year, Chaumet is orchestrating a series of expert and inspired conversations between artists, craftsmen, and its own virtuosos. Available on all major broadcast platforms, the first six episodes take turns addressing the themes of lightness, colour, and light. Meetings of minds that cultivate and shine a light on the Maison’s unique savoir-faire, the Chaumet virtuosity, thus

Lindsey Mann - Contemporary Jewellery

Lindsey Mann - Contemporary Jewellery 17 March - 10 May 2020 Craft in the Bay, Cardiff  Drawing inspiration from themes of collecting memories Lindsey creates playful jewellery which might explore a fleeting moment, a chance encounter or a material souvenir charged with meaning. Referencing shape, form, colour and pattern to realise each piece of jewellery she hopes to create something which has both familiar and yet foreign associations, perhaps triggering a vague memory for the viewer too and hopefully raising a smile! Working from her studio in rural Wiltshire, Lindsey constructs jewellery using hand-printed anodised aluminium, precious and non-precious metals

Jewellery fashion will be futuristic, multi-cultural and celebrate the power of nature in SS/20, says IJL

International Jewellery London reveals 6 jewellery trends for SS/20 IJL trends editors and jewellery expert, Paola De Luca, has outlined six key jewellery trend themes for Spring-Summer 2020 for International Jewellery London (IJL), the UK’s leading trade event for the international jewellery industry. Her vision includes authentic designs that subvert deep-rooted stereotypes with gender, touches on societal pressure with minimalism and brings to life an organic amalgamation of nineteenth century deco with nature; all the while toying with abstract shapes, futuristic expression and dark jewels. These will be showcased on IJL’s SS20 Trends Catwalk where Paola will present her detailed

New York City Jewelry Week: Inclusion and diversity

The week of New York City Jewelry Week was characterized by a flurry of events, exhibitions, symposia, workshops, demonstrations and talks... which marked the days with a fitting rhythm, covering topics and presenting very different types of jewelry writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Together with important partners such as Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), suggestive venues and prestigious interventions, there has been talks of jewelry touching various themes:  starting from sustainability with a symposium called  Full Circle: A Responsible Jewelry Cycle , which was a one day crash course on the sustainability challenges that face the

We like big hearts and we cannot lie

What better way is there to make a statement than with a whole load of heart? This summer we welcome the return of statement-making and colourful pieces versus the dainty and delicate trend that trumped the chic list for so long. The heart motif is an ever-popular choice; from text emoticons, clothing embellishments to tattoo design but possibly the most powerful of all is when it appears in the jewellery we wear. These days, the heart motif can represent a range of core themes from friendship and affection to deep romantic love and devotion. A significant motif in antique jewellery,

The Goldsmiths’ Company Delivers the Largest Conference in the World to Date to Address Jewellery Materials

Last week, the Goldsmiths’ Company delivered the first Jewellery Materials Congress. The conference, which is the largest conference world-wide to address jewellery technology, was created to support the jewellery and silverware community, by providing a forum for the exchange of knowledge to better the industry, free of commercialisation.  Over the two-day conference, a wide agenda of topics was addressed through a series of talks and Q&A, broadly categorised by four themes: academic research, visions of the industry, and artisan and industrial materials manufacture. These talks were delivered by a panel of eighteen international speakers, including keynotes delivered by Eddie Bell,

Artist Commission, Lakeland Arts

Artist Commission, Lakeland Arts Are you a creative practitioner or artist living in, working in or from Cumbria? We need you to explore the themes of class and Covid in Cumbria as part of our Winter 2021 programming at Blackwell – the Arts & Crafts house. In partnership with The Currell Collection, Class, Covid and Cumbria (22 October 2021–27 February 2022) brings together important work by Grayson Perry, photography by local legend Joseph Hardman, and works by community groups through the Lakeland Arts MEND project, to explore Cumbrian experiences of the pandemic. This dynamic programme of displays, events and community

Jonathan Boyd, Acting Head of Jewellery and Metal at the Royal College of Art launches book

Jewellery Manifest is Jonathan Boyd’s first publication and in it he sets out to discuss and give context to ten years of his practice, unpicking thoughts on jewellery, language, the digital and narrativity in objects.  Within the book Jonathan draws on philosophical, anthropological and autobiographical discourse using image and textual montage to deconstruct both his jewellery and the printed book format deployed in presenting his practice. The book chapterises key themes prevalent in his practice and contains contributions from Michael Rowe and Helen Clara Hemsley.  Jonathan Mathew Boyd is an artist and jeweller. He is Acting Head of Programme of

GSA Silversmithing and Jewellery students unveil lockdown collections

Final year Silversmithing & Jewellery graduating students at The Glasgow School of Art have unveiled collections conceived and made during lockdown in Graduate Showcase 2021. They are among over 500 graduating students from the acclaimed art school to be showing work on the specially-designed digital platform. For many of the young designers the time of isolation and their lockdown locations have created the starting point for the creative process, with re-engagement with nature emerging as a major theme Ellen Kynoch’s  Intangible Mass  explores themes of isolation, emotional decay, and the fragility of our minds during a long period of quarantine,

Pathways to Making II

Pathways to Making II Symposium Rugby College, Rugby 10am – 7pm, Friday 9 March 2018 Professional development for established, emerging makers and craft and design students. Professional craft skills include valuable material knowledge and problem solving. This symposium will explore the value of maker’s skills to potential partners or collaborators both within and outside the craft sector. Speakers will present case studies of self-generated wide-ranging opportunities; inspiring delegates to be more innovative and resourceful in their portfolio careers. This symposium supports the Made in the Middle touring exhibition and further explores themes highlighted in the exhibition. The day will close with

Public Artist or Spatial Designer for Public Art Vision, Eastleigh Borough Council

Public Artist or Spatial Designer for Public Art Vision, Eastleigh Borough Council Eastleigh Borough Council is inviting Expressions of Interest from Artists and Designers to produce an Artistic Vision for Public Art for a new neighbourhood being developed in the town.  The Vision will be used as a ‘road map’ to commission a series or sequence of physical works for installation either on site or at strategic locations relating to the site.  EBC wish to commission an innovative, exciting and engaging response to the site that is well presented and coherent in its themes, placements and functions. Please email the

Dial Into Botanical Beauties of Time

With Spring well & truly sprung and scandalous summer getting ready to sashay onto the scene, it's time to work some bodacious blooms and fiery florals into your new season look.  With Greenery hailed as the trans-seasonal Pantone colour of the year, this fresh and zesty hue of vitality has been dominating the trend forecasts and has now clocked onto our wrist-wear adornments. The beauty of nature is emblematic throughout this botanical theme in watchmaking with themes of escapism, urban revival and restorative wellbeing captured through the floral studded craftsmanship.  Flora and fauna have blossomed their way into our Springtime-wrist

Call for Applications: Real To Reel - The Craft Film Festival May 2017

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival, produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, is the first UK festival dedicated to craft and moving image, giving a platform to the wealth of films that explore themes of making, makers, materials and process in the broadest sense. It will take place on the evenings of 2nd, 3rd and 4th May 2017 at Picturehouse Central, London. We are interested in all genres: documentaries, story-led films and animation that capture skill in action, unveil hidden processes and invite us to look again at materials and those who shape them. We are eager

Silent Protest - Political Jewellery by Mahtab Hanna

Silent Protest Political Jewellery by Mahtab Hanna Silent Protest is an interactive, thought-provoking and controversial show that fuses wearable art with social commentary. Political jewellery is about perspective: the ability to transform an individual’s or group’s isolation and pessimism into a method of communication, to bring people together to share values, beliefs or ideals, in a single action. War, identity, gender and consciousness are important themes within politics and therefore translate into interpreting political jewellery as progressive, oppressive or radical.  The beliefs of many can be divided: those who have invented messages, the patrons of the jewellery; those whose job

Metal Scapes - Studio Fusion Gallery, London

Metal Scapes  will open for London Craft Week, featuring works by fine jeweller Daphne Krinos alongside silversmith and jeweller Tamar de Vries Winter and silversmith Rebecca de Quin . Curated by Brian Kennedy and hosted by Studio Fusion Gallery , beneath the Oxo Tower, the exhibition presents 'landscapes of metal' from the handcrafted jewellery and silverware by the three designers; using, exploring and reflecting the architectural themes of the work. Daphne presents pieces from her City Series and unveils new compositions inspired by cityscapes and architectural forms. Metal Scapes Dates 5 - 7 May 2017 Open 11.00am - 6.00pm Venue

Shimell and Madden Launch new Film

An insight into the creative and craft process of  Shimell  and Madden, this video profile shows how the duo work together and develop their ideas. London based, they  create structural  gold pattern work that form distinctive fine jewellery pieces.  Shimell and Madden occupy that space where craft, art and fashion intersect. High quality and hand-crafted, their jewellery explores themes of science, nature and time. Shimell and Madden | The Process | 2017 from Shimell and Madden on Vimeo . They have been creating jewellery in their London studio since 2010. Emma

Artist Residency Opportunity - Yeovil Country Park, Somerset Art Works

Artist Residency Opportunity - Yeovil Country Park, Somerset Art Works Water – Meadow – Wood Somerset Art Works is delivering a three year artist residency programme at Yeovil Country Park following the themes of Water – Meadow – Wood. This three-year project is providing greater engagement with people and new opportunities to interpret the natural, cultural and historical heritage of Yeovil Country Park. The theme for 2017 and the final year of the project is ‘Wood’ the woodland as a place and as a habitat, providing inspiration for creative exploration. The artist appointed will deliver 15 participatory sessions through the

Body Language Collection Timely for International Women’s Day

With female empowerment themes strongly present amongst all media channels this week for International Women’s Day , Anissa Kermiche's Body Language collection is timely. Body Language  celebrates the female form and is a reflection of the generation of successful, powerful and funny women that Anissa sees all around her and uses as inspiration. The collection features the iconic Rubies Boobies, La Derriere and Precieux Pubis necklaces and the playful Yes We Can singular earrings amongst other pieces crafted from different golds, silver and precious stones. From her London-based studio, Anissa has sourced the finest stones and used both her technical

Beyond the Blue

Beyond the Blue Gill Wing Jewellery The Gill Wing Jewellery Gallery were inspired by current events to create their ambitious first "Open Call" inviting international jewellers to show work inspired by Blue, a colour, once more expensive than gold! The gallery cast their net into the ether and gathered talent from across the planet to bring the most unusual blue jewellery to the people of London.  The exhibition and its selection has taken on a life of its own as the jewellery itself has dictated a feeling of unity and peace to the show through themes and diversity. Amidst the talents

General Manager, Henns Family Jewellers - Wolverhampton

The role General Manager Henns Family Jewellers Wolverhampton We are a small independent family jewellery business based in Wolverhampton.  We are now seeking a General Manager for an exciting all encompassing role. Responsibilities will include: Keyholder HR – staff rotas and holidays Staff development – training / leadership Responsible for IT development – POS Tills / Apps /Phones Event planning – wedding fairs / Instore events E-commerce – processing website sales / maintenance Marketing – social media / advertising /email campaigns Promotions – organising brand and in store promotions Visual Merchandiser – seasonal themes / updating brand POS / maintenance Administrator Duties

V&A’s Friday Late 2020 Programme

V&A’s Friday Late 2020 Programme V&A’s Friday Late 2020 programme announced on themes of ‘The Body’, ‘Endeavour’ and ‘Illusions’ Friday Late at the V&A – the original late-night museum event – celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture using the V&A collection and building as its inspiration. For the first time, Friday Late will be programmed across three seasons spanning the year and will explore subjects of ‘The Body’, ‘Endeavour’ and ‘Illusions’. Through these topics audiences will come face-to-face with some of the most innovative artists, musicians and designers working today. Brought to life through live performances, film screenings, installations,