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Zoe DavidsonIt is always an indulgence to visit New Designers each year and 2013 has been no exception.
Hosted within the Business Design Centre in Islington, it is a huge exhibition that brings together the cream of the graduating arts students in the UK for that year. 



Open to the public, it displays the freshest creative work in disciplines from textiles, ceramics, glass, graphic design, architecture, furniture and jewellery, providing the ultimate showcase for emerging trends.

This year's Jewellery & Metalwork section was packed with original and exciting creations (as ever). I have attempted to pick out just a few of the many highlights from this year, and to reflect on the evolving trends in shape, size and colour:

 - Materials used to create the 2013 graduating collections appear even more diverse than in previous years. Latex, plastics, ceramics, found materials and transient substances (such as sugar and soap) were employed more widely than in previous years; as mixed media jewellery becomes de rigeur in the marketplace, so the creative boundries are pushed even further by current students.

- Bright neon jewellery and playful colour combinations were much in evidence, as with current marketplace trends.

- Hand-crafted shaping techniques were in evidence from various colleges, including ones that like to nuture the new CAD and laser sintering technologies. Various students were proud to let me know that their metalwork had been hand raised, or formed using chasing and repousse.  

- Jewellery collections with a back story and a clear identity. Duncan of Jordanstone College (amongst others) always keenly encourages its students to draw on personal experience when searching for inspiration. The result is that their students produce highly integrous work which is easier for customers to engage with, once they have heard the inspirational stories behind the pieces. 

 - New Designers have always displayed a number of catwalk sized pieces and this year has seen them grow ever larger. Less neck/arm piece - more body piece.

Pink Cheung - Sheffield Hallum
Pink is fascinated by the concept of making animated jewellery pieces, which involve a series of 2D images that come 'alive' by means of a simple mechanism or movement. Designed using the animation principles of early film makers and fashioned in perspex, her series of kinetic jewellery serves a dual purpose - as well as being decorative objects, they are also interactive 'toys' to play with, fascinate and delight!

Pink Cheung








Sandra Austin - Truro
Inspired by the natural features of the beautiful Cornish coastline, Sandra creates her pieces using traditional handraising and fabrication techniques. She has a keen eye for the detail of form and finish resulting in pieces that combine an organic feel with the crisp delicacy and robustness of the natural coastline. Her work is like a breath of fresh sea air.









Zoe Davidson - Duncan of Jordanstone
Zoe's inspiration comes from the underwater environs in Asia where she scuba dived as a child, taking in the colour, features and sensations of the various sea creatures. This, combined with her enthusiasm for Sci-Fi has influenced her jewellery style which is fearlessly creative and bold, combining traditional metalworking techniques with latex to produce otherworldly jewellery pieces that are stunningly spectacular.

Zoe Davidson








Jessica Noble - The Cass
Jessica's solid jewellery pieces are a sublime combination of precision and flow. The intergral sections of colour are composed of ground semi-precious stones combined with resin (Jessica's own innovation) which is then teamed with the metal precisely so that it follows the very same curves and forms.
Jessica Noble 







Samantha Lain - Duncan of Jordanstone
"Human beings it seems are pattern searchers, who constantly seek the order and harmony that pattern provides and then use it to make sense of the world" - K.Kraft
Samantha's visual inspiration has been drawn from the Rococo period and natural forms and she has used this stimulation to create her own range of simplified patterns. The patterns in Samantha's work are simple, but executed with clever touches which utilise the 3 dimensional nature of her work and possess a clean clarity which makes them fresh and interesting without losing the element of wearability.

Samantha Lain








Hamish Dobbie - Glasgow School of Art
Specialising in Silversmithing at Glasgow, Hamish is fascinated by the process of how an object is made. Employing both technological and traditional practices, his work is formed using a dizzying range of techniques including chasing, 3D printing and CNC milling. Primarily making functional objects, Hamish uses this fusion of modern and traditional skill sets to create a diverse range of work which bears a highly unique and contemporary style, whilst carrying the solid resonance of tradition.

Hamish Dobbie      photographer: Thomas Dobbie








Carina de Jager - The Cass
Carina spent much of her childhood outdoors in her native South Africa, which has resulted in a love for the natural world. This fascination resurfaces in the organic textures and patterns which appear in her work.
Carina creates one-off, handmade, intricate jewellery pieces in a range of both precious and non-precious materials. She enjoys exploring the properties of new and unusual materials and many of her design ideas are generated through this experimentation and play process. Her work is notable for it's stunning originality, an effective combination of modern shapes and textures coupled with organic patterns.

Carina de Jager









Sarah Jane King - Truro
Sarah Jane's pieces are all handmade and with a very special style that sets them apart. They are reminicient of handpainted naive style decorations, directly translated into metal. Their lines are soft and flow in the natural manner of floral painted embellishments, but are by no means realistic. The finish is organic and spontaneous but at the same time quite deliberate. A very lovely collection.

Sarah Jane King








Lucie Hunter - Duncan of Jordanstone
Topophilia;  ‘The love of or emotional connections with place or physical environment’.

Lucie hopes to help people re-connect with the land they live on through a collection of jewellery inspired by places that hold special memories and inspire.
The Isles of Iona and Staffa provided the inspiration for her current work, mirroring the way in which land is formed and then shaped by the sea, by combining precious metals and gemstones with her own technique of texturising.  She explores the innate affinity we have with our natural surroundings and environment and believes this plays a part in our instinct to pick up mementos, objects which help us retain emotional connections.
Lucie Hunter









As the GoJD has done for the past few years, we are awarding free Gold memberships to the three students whose work best reflects the mood of our times. The criteria that we are looking out for are:

•    Professionally finished pieces
•    Design innovation
•    Difference in thought
•    Wearability
•    Commercial prowess

The package of benefits, from supplier discounts to PPL insurance and promotion in the Designer Directory will provide some help to the newly graduated artists. The support from a network of other jewellers and the chance to be able to write and publish articles to the Guild should enhance the SEO on their websites and increase opportunities for networking.

We are looking for students who are keen to immediately pursue a vocation as a jewellery artist/maker and who already have an ecommerce website – we want to ensure that we are giving the awards to students who will best use the facilities on offer.

Jayne Coulson



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