The thirtieth annual exhibition from New Designers, the expansive fair that showcases the work of the years’ graduating creative arts students, opened last week with the buzz and excitement that we have come to expect from this cutting-edge event. Perusing the jewellery and metalwork section was akin to discovering Aladdin’s cave of wonders, with marvellous objet and fresh ideas around each corner, just waiting to be discovered. This year’s students also appear to be a chatty bunch, ever eager to share the ideas behind their design concepts and making a visit to ND thoroughly enjoyable!
New Designers, the colossal exhibition that showcases the work of the UK's creative graduates this year celebrates its 30th edition. Testament to the passion, commitment and resilience of art and design education in the UK, New Designers continues to deliver new generations of brilliant individuals year on year ready for businesses and the design savvy public to snap up and set on their creative paths. The most important design event in the UK, it provokes fresh thinking, kick-starts careers and ensures that the life cycle of the country’s design industry continues to thrive.
New Designers 2015 will once again welcome over 3,000 of this year’s most creative and talented design graduates from across the nation to the Business Design Centre in London, the world's capital of design. The diversity and calibre of the visitors that New Designers delivers is unrivalled by any other emerging design event.
Pricing your jewellery and metal work is a subject that comes up in discussions time and time again. It is sometimes a difficult balance to achieve and many artists and makers have radically different approaches to the issue. Here is the view of Patricia van den Akker, Director of The Design Trust:
‘Costing and pricing is a tricky subject for many designer makers, especially when starting out.
If you charge too much you won’t be making any sales, if you charge too little you won’t survive for long.
The School already offers a wide range of one day workshops and week-long courses in silver but the team believes there is demand for longer courses giving students who have ambitions in silver jewellery the chance to develop silversmithing and bench skills.
Craft in Focus is delighted to be returning to Richmond upon Thames again this year from 13 – 15 November. Following the closure in 2011 for a major rebuild of the venue, the work is now complete and the Craft in Focus organisers are now welcoming applications from makers in all disciplines. They request that applications are received by 18 May so that they can push forward with the promotional campaign.
Sunday 26th April sees the launch event of "Rings...The Changes" at the Kath Libbert Gallery, featuring the work of four fabulous jewellers whose work defies tradition: Clara Breen, Jeanne Marell, Hanna Tommola and Deborah Cadby.
West Dean’s popular Design and Craft Fair, featuring MADE, returns this year from 19 to 21 June. Around 100 innovative and contemporary makers and designers have been carefully selected to show and sell their work in ‘The Marketplace’. Jewellers, ceramicists, textile artists, furniture makers, printers, sculptors and many more makers and designers will be selling their work direct to the public in the grounds of this beautiful college.
Inspired by the natural features of the beautiful Cornish coastline where she grew up, Sandra Austin creates elegant and sublime jewellery pieces that combine an organic feel with the crisp delicacy and robustness of the natural world. Her work is like a breath of fresh sea air. Her hand forged chains with gently decayed, organic elements marry the clean modernity of the catwalk with a whisper of something beautifully ancient.
Sandraʼs love of design and creativity, and a passion for jewellery drew her to study silversmithing & jewellery at Truro College. Graduating in 2013, she has subsequently grown her jewellery business with integrity and passion, remaining in South West Cornwall with its natural beauty inspiring her work.