Craft In Focus is staging a contemporary craft and design fair during the August bank holiday weekend within the RHS Garden at Hyde Hall. This craft event will showcase over 100 of the very best contemporary craftmakers and artists in the UK and will give the public the opportunity to view and purchase direct from talented designer makers who have a real passion for the work that they create.
As jewellery moves forward through the technological age, more and more jewellers are choosing to use CAD software to create pieces. There are many benefits to using CAD, especially one with a rendering package. It allows you to develop a design and make changes whilst creating. In the past, you would need to draw multiple sketches and create test pieces if unsure about a design, This can be quite a long and expensive process. However, with CAD you are able to see what a piece will look like once finished, even before you pick up a buff stick.
Last October Mirri Damer was approached and asked if she would make a headpiece for Dawn French for her inauguration as Chancellor of Falmouth University. She is based in Cornwall and had previously made wedding bands for Dawn and so she had suggested Mirri for the job.
After much deliberation we have decided on the award of the three Gold memberships. As always, it was a very difficult
decision to make as the standard of design and fabrication of the pieces and the level of drive and business acumen of
the graduates is always so high at New Designers. We were keen to award the memberships to accomplished makers, but we
were also seeking out those individuals who had planned their business model and were keen to market themselves as self
employed metal artists.
Nearly 2,000 small gold spirals from the Bronze Age have recently been unearthed on the Danish island of Boeslunde on Zealand. The archaeologists at the Museum Zealand and the National Museum of Denmark are facing a mystery as they have never seen anything like it before and cannot fathom out their purpose or use.
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.