Kim Allwright of Wilde Works grew up in Holland, Germany, Canada and England and worked abroad for sixteen years before settling back in England in 2006. A notable experience from her childhood included moving with her parents from stark post-war Germany to Canada, which she describes as 'like breath of fresh air in vivid colour'. The impact of moving from a monochrome to a vibrantly-coloured world has stayed with her all of her life and the perception of colour, what leads us to choose particular colours and how they affect and help set our mood still inspires her today. Kim cites this as the main reason for including colour in her jewellery.
Unleashing youthful energy, fresh ideas and innovative creations, Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery is delighted to introduce Nine New Graduates buzzing on the radar this year!
Technology meets art meets jewellery in this amazing collection that includes Smart Materials colour changing jewellery, kinetic gemstone rings and tough titanium Highland Clan Thistle Brooches – just a few of the visual treats created by this year’s new wave of graduates.
Ten talented young graduates or early career goldsmiths who aspire to set up their own design-led businesses will be given the chance to enhance their skills at both the bench and in business from February 2015 through the newly launched Setting Out programme. This intensive one-year course at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell, the leading charity for the professional training of goldsmiths, is delivered by expert tutors and guest speakers and equips young designers with the dedicated studio space and knowledge to make the transition from learning to becoming a professional craftsperson in the industry.
Intentional infringement of a registered design is now a crime. Yesterday, history was made, a new Intellectual Property Act becomes law and it is now a crime to intentionally infringe a registered design. Individual Board Directors will also be held accountable. The changes which are set out in The Intellectual Property Act have been introduced to:
- Reduce the scale of registered design infringement by acting as a deterrent
- Increase protection for the holders of registered designs
- Better punish perpetrators of blatant design infringement. Individual Directors will also be liable
It is always a pleasure to visit events organised by The Goldsmiths’ Company, as they are an organisation that truly strives to perfect the experience for their visitors. This year’s Goldsmiths’ Fair is yet another example of this practice of evolving perfection, with:
- 34 stands reserved for metal artists who had not previously exhibited at the fair (including 10 graduates)
- A series of breakfast talks by leading figures in jewellery, silver and contemporary design
- A showcase of personal Fair highlights selected by guest curator and acclaimed Architect Zaha Hadid
- a new look to the exhibition with a bright fresh colour scheme and more open stands
- an exhibiting stand from the legendary Jacqueline Mina OBE!
- a catalogue with a new nifty thumb tab for week two (a small point – I know – but a thoughtful detail)
ACID invites all members of the GoJD to register for a webinar discussing changes to Design law, which is being implemented from 1st October 2014.
This is a great opportunity for individual designers and design departments to gather information from the highest authority, the Intellectual Property Office, in conjunction with advice from Dids Macdonald, CEO of ACID.
This year’s International Jewellery London was, as always, a glorious mixture of all that the jewellery sector has to offer. Hundreds of exhibitors including jewellers, tool suppliers, packaging suppliers and purveyors of fine gemstones set up shop in the iconic surroundings of Olympia Grand, all vying for the attention of exhibition visitors. At an event on this scale it’s often easy to overlook a stand or two as a result of the sheer number of exhibitors, and stand holders have to be resourceful and innovative in order to attract people to their small corner of the exhibition hall. There were a handful of jewellers and suppliers who were so innovative with either their products or their stand design that visitors could hardly resist stopping for a closer look…
In two weeks, young emerging talent in the world of jewellery design and metalwork will be put in the spotlight at The Goldsmiths’ Centre as part of the Shine showcase 2014
The showcase, part of the London Design Festival, will celebrate the most exceptional craftsmanship in goldsmithing, silversmithing and jewellery design at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell, London from 12 September to 24 November 2014. It will unite those who have received awards and bursaries from The Goldsmiths’ Company and the best of young, up and coming designers working at The Goldsmiths’ Centre. It traces the journey from early training pieces to the masterpieces of highly skilled artists now successfully setting up their own businesses.