Anburis To Showcase A Designed Brooch During Clerkenwell Design Week


Anburis to Represent TFL & Craft Central at Clerkenwell Design Week

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Mine Bilgutay-Ozkurt, founder of jewellery brand Anburis has been selected as one of thirteen designers to showcase a specially designed brooch during Clerkenwell Design Week. 

Commissioned by Transport for London (TfL) and Craft Central in collaboration with Joanna Sterling the creator of TubeFlash and The Casket of Fictional Delights; the competition required designers to design and produce a brooch inspired by the London Underground, in order to to celebrate TfL's unique history and heritage of design.

Created using the latest CAD technology, Anburis’ selected brooch designs feature commonly used phrases on the Underground such as ‘Mind the gap’, ‘Underground’ and ‘Overground’ designed in a handwritten style font. The brooches can be worn in two ways with different words viewed from the front or in reverse, enabling the wearer to achieve multiple looks with one brooch. Each brooch is available in silver, brass, flexible plastic, coloured steel and frosted nylon.

Designer, Mine Bilgutay-Ozkurt of Anburis said,

I was so inspired by Londons rich history of transport so I was thrilled to be selected to showcase at Clerkenwell Design Week. I wanted to introduce some humour into the traditional brooch with my design so I incorporated iconic words and phrases associated with TfL which are not commonly used within fashion. When the brooches are worn on someones lapel, it takes these words out of context and gives the design a whimsical feel. The competition was great so its a huge achievement for Anburis - were looking forward to an exciting exhibition. 

The other participating designers are: PeopleWillAlwaysNeed Plates, Sally Weatherill, Eliza Kesuma, Julie NicaisseRhi Frankton, Myia Bonner, Raul Garcia, Sarah Kelly, Sally Lees, Deborah Crow, Farah Qureshi and Eleni Zolia.

The contemporary brooch designs will be exhibited alongside a selection from the 800 piece antique brooches collection held by Joanna Sterling. The esteemed and extensive collection features pieces from Dior, Kenneth Lane and Vivienne Westwood. The competition also aims to reintroduce the traditional brooch into 21st century design, having been considered a relatively old-fashioned accessory until its recent revival on the fashion catwalks. 

All brooches will be available for sale from and from the TfL pop-up shop outside Craft Central during Clerkenwell Design Week from 23rd May.


Sarah Salmon


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