Top female metalsmiths team up for UK campaign


Top female metalsmiths team up for UK campaign

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Some of the UK's most distinguished female metalsmiths are set to launch a new campaign to promote the craft in Britain by exhibiting as a collective at the inaugural TRESOR Contemporary Craft in Basel, Switzerland next month.

In a pioneering move, the group of award-winning internationally acclaimed artists, including Simone ten Hompel, Rebecca de Quin, Ane Christensen, Adi Toch and Juliette Bigley, will collaborate with a range of individual pieces and a specially made film which focuses on each artist and the craft. 

“We’ve worked beside and with each other, shared workshops and taught each other so it is particularly exciting to be collaborating on this unique exhibition to showcase our different ideas within one stand," said Juliette Bigley. 

We’re looking forward to showing our work to a new international audience and communicating what it’s like to be a metalsmith via our film.”

Inhabiting the grey zone

While their individual practices express diverse styles, techniques and experiences, working in a range of base and precious metals, they all inhabit the grey zone between art, craft and design.

Together with a curated collection of contemporary handmade objects, they will present a short film telling the group’s story: five makers from diverse cultural backgrounds, of various nationalities

and different generations, speaking with a singular voice using the language of metal. 

The film they are producing with the support of the Goldsmiths’ Company also focuses on the work itself – from the initial idea to the raw metal and finally the finished pieces. The brand new craft show runs from 21-24 September 2017.  

Image: Simone ten Hompel


Kate Laven


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