Ella loves that jewellery can do many things; adorn the wearer, comment on the world, tell a personal story and explore the nature of materials. It has the power to transform a look or a mood. Brooches are at the centre of her collections because of their stand-alone quality, whilst she particularly enjoys exploiting the creative possibilities and movement of earrings. Materials are key to Ella’s work, often having been collected over time, awaiting the right project to bring their qualities to the fore. They include brass to balsa, sea worn plastic to gold, and pearls to Lucite as well as a treasure trove of found objects. Ella enjoys the conversation between precious and non-precious components and often positions them side by side. Ella has great pleasure in creating her jewellery hoping that someone somewhere will bring it to life, creating the final part of its story.
Jenny Llewellyn is an award winning, contemporary jewellery designer-maker based in London. Inspired by the luminous colours, shapes and movement of underwater life, Jenny’s work is characterised by handcrafted, organic forms of precious metals combined with vibrant bursts of silicone. Jenny’s practice is driven by experimentation with colour and material. She combines precious with non-precious to create tactile and fun pieces which are available in the full spectrum of colours; from discreet pops of monochrome, to full statement colour-fades. Central to Jenny’s practice is her pioneering use of silicone. Often mistaken for glass or plastic, silicone is surprisingly soft, light and durable, resulting in unique and wearable contemporary jewellery design.
Growing up with a father as an engraver, Catherine picked up tools from an early age. Beginning her training in Melbourne's jewellery district undergoing a traineeship, she then moved back to her hometown of London and worked under the expert supervision of Hatton Garden jewellers. After being awarded a scholarship from The British Allied Trades Federation, Catherine then went on to complete her technical training at The British Academy of Jewellery in Hatton Garden. Fascinated with the fluidity of time, Catherine works with precious metals to create pieces which are characterised by a bold use of line and form. Exploring the idea of the passing of time, she uses repetitive elements in her work with each piece referencing details of movement, dynamism and direction.
Mamm & Myrgh
Mamm and Myrgh are a mother and daughter team of Goldsmiths based in Cornwall. They mindfully design and make contemporary jewellery, pieces for the home to mark a moment in time. Mamm is mother Amanda Maltwood, an experienced Goldsmith with over 30 years experience as a jeweller. Myrgh is daughter Greta Kaniok, a freelance jewellery designer with expertise in CAD design and sales consultancy. Together they combine traditional Goldsmithing skills with the latest advancements in design technology.
Fiona's exquisite contemporary jewellery is designed and lovingly handmade in her Surrey based studio workshop. She specialises in creating jewellery in 18ct gold and sterling silver in a variety of finishes; satin, polished and oxidised. Her signature combination of intricate yet dynamic hand-forged clusters of petal shaped discs, drops and granules set on wires move in motion sympathetically with the wearer as if alive. Fiona’s inspiration is driven by both observation and a vision of organic forms. Fiona often finds that jewellery evolves as she works directly with the materials themselves. This leads to exiting and innovative new designs which are individual in their final form. Fiona’s inspiration is driven by both observation and a vision of organic forms.
Monique Jeffrey Jones
Monique started her creative career as a theatre scenic artist, painting sets and making props. She swapped her six-inch paintbrush to tiny tweezers and magnifying glasses and recently graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Silversmithing & Jewellery at Truro College. Monique makes Cornish moorland inspired jewellery and lockets. Her current collection of work explores the imbalance and incongruity of the large granite rocks found on Bodmin Moor, nearby where she lives. She wanted to address their shape and toppling formations that have been naturally sculpted over many thousands of years. Monique is drawn to irregular forms and asymmetrical compositions and the imposing stones found in Cornwall continue to be a prominent source of inspiration. In this series of work, Monique applies vitreous enamel to obtain a drawn fractured quality. She over fires her enamels, then rubs them back travelling through this process repeatedly until she is happy with the piece. Colour plays an important role in her designs. Monique oxidises the sterling silver providing contrast to the coloured gemstones. Regarding her locket pieces, she highly polishes the doors on the reverse providing further contrast and light reflection. She would like to invite the wearer to use these locket compartments by hiding a tiny secret, be it words, small photo, lock of hair, anything that is held dear.
The key features of Katherine's work are the use of pattern, fine texture, finish and surface quality. The rolled texture and application of areas of gold are carefully considered making each piece unique. The techniques used allow Katherine to work spontaneously as if drawing on the metal. She is inspired by everything around her and particularly by the balance and detail of natural form. Katherine aims to achieve a visual harmony and energy through the juxtaposition of simple shapes.
Karolina views jewellery as sculptures that move with us. Reflecting this she looks to instil a sense of movement into her work through strategically placed lines, suggesting rhythm and change of direction. In finding inspiration for her pieces she tends to focus on often unnoticed details in our environment, and discover the beauty present in that which is overlooked, such as the interplay between urban and organic in the allotments. It is not just the visual that appeals to Karolina, but the feeling and texture of the world around her. Engaging textures are essential to her work, in recognition that touch is in many ways a more primal sense than sight. Karolina seeks to create a holistic sensory experience through her work drawing upon both visual and tactile. Textures can interact with our tactile imagination to both comfort and power the wearer of pieces as they interact with them throughout the day. Karolina tends to bring together a multiplicity of influences, for example clothing pleats and Venetian architecture with basketry, in interesting yet simple ways. As a jewellery maker, her work is strongly rooted in the sketchbook process, especially in the use of collaging and printmaking, with a strong emphasis on line work and mark making and a passion for deep and vibrant colours. A preference for enamels and etching are characteristic of her work.
Carol offers a unique range of contemporary jewellery taking inspiration from memories, experiences and the contradictions of life. Carol has always loved stories whether told in literature, film, music or history, and jewellery has become the means for her to tell her own. Carol often references contrasts such as light and dark, strength and delicacy and simplicity and complexity in her work, and her stories are told in a subtle manner through the jewellery objects that she creates, allowing the wearer to decide their own meaning for a piece. Shape, form, line, colour and materials all reference the tales she is inspired by, yet all pieces have a strong contemporary, often sculptural aesthetic. Carol completed an MA in Jewellery with Distinction, at the CASS in London in 2015.
Sarah graduated from Sydney College of the Arts in 1988 and set up her first workshop in London in 1995. She uses traditional techniques to make silver and gold jewellery in her Oxfordshire workshop. Sarah likes to combine repeated and kinetic elements to create subtle undulating surfaces and patterns in her pieces. Inspiration comes from many different sources including the rural environment where Sarah lives and works.
The Christmas Jewellery Show
3rd November 2018 - 5th January 2019
Image; earrings by Monique Jeffrey Jones