As a jewellery designer I normally veer towards a minimalist aesthetic, but I found myself examining artist Eric Van Hoves ” V12 Laraki” at the Copperfield Gallery and admiring closely the complexity of traditional Morroccan craftsmanship.

This is decoration with a purpose . Van Hove has worked with Morroccan craftsmen whose centuries old skills skills and materials are used recreate this replica modern car engine.
An artistic statement of intentional irony ? Read more , but go and see the beauty of this . http://www.copperfieldgallery.com/eric-van-hove-solo.html

V12 Laraki

V12 Laraki- a replica of Mercedes Benz V12 made by artist Eric Van Hove with Moroccan craftsmen.

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Our “Final Show ” opens today (until 20th June) and is looking gooood !

Here’s the press release to let you know what all the hard work has been about .

“FABricate – An exhibition showcasing innovative new designer-makers.

FABricate will showcase the work of fifteen jewellers who are the first class to graduate from Morley College’s new 2 year certificate course specifically designed to help emerging jewellers gain a wide range of technical and business skills with which to launch their careers. FABricate will be on display from the 5th to 20th June in the foyer exhibition space at Morley College.

Taught by world-class tutors Anastasia Young (year 1) and Helen Smith (year 2), and supported by a range of visiting tutors, the class of 2014 has already tasted remarkable critical and commercial success. Six of the students were shortlisted for the national ‘inspired by….’ competition organised by Morley College, the V&A and NIACE, winning both the jewellery prize and the NIACE award.

 

Students have also recently exhibited in Iceland and, closer to home, at the Dulwich Open Houses and at the Mary Ward Centre. They will also be exhibiting at the Jewellers on Tour show in Salisbury. One student has worked on a unique collaboration with the National Maritime Museum to produce a jewellery collection for its Guiding Lights exhibition. Class members have established a commercial presence at the Lower Marsh Market and are building a strong base of commissioned work.

 

FABricate will run from Thursday the 5th to Friday the 20th June in the Foyer Exhibition Space at Morley College, Westminster Bridge, London SE1 7HT. Many works are for sale.

 

Love of 3 orangesI hadn’t realised what a recurring theme the colour orange has been to me recently. Not quite obsessive but quite a presence …… my logo , the wall of my workshop, my laptop case and now theses rings . But who can resist an orange garnet ? Deep , beautiful and shiny orange…. I’ve named them ” The Love of Three Oranges ” after the Prokofiev opera or “L’amour des trois oranges ” which sounds lovely. Not that the opera is about jewellery….. you can see the rings in the FABricate exhibition which opens today at Morley College

 

pot, starboard, cuffs, rivets, beacon, beacons, rings, pendants, silver, agate, garnet, Trinity House, National Maritime Museum

Port & starboard Beacon rings, pendants and cuffs for the National Maritime Museum , Greenwich

Sending out a ” 6 months On” newsletter today about a small collection ( do we call them “Capsule collections” ? ) at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Port and starboard Beacon themed, to coincide with opening of “Guiding Lights :500 years House and Safety at Sea” . Lovely to work together , inspired by all things marine ….. and on sale in their shop.

http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/future/guiding-lights

This week I went to the Private View of “Wear It” at Studio Fusion , Oxo Tower London. http://www.studiofusiongallery.co.uk/exhibitions_current.htm . I’m curious about  the possiblities of 3D printing- but it blows my mind that you can make a chain with already linked up ( yup !) and a jewellery object that is articulated or integral packaging. Mark Bloomfield did a very accessible demonstration printing a simple bracelet then & there. I hope there will always be room for people who like the physicality of hammering and filing , but every technique has it’s place …….

There is nothing like the joy of a gently singing saw- when it’s cutting through metal like butter and reverberating gently .  Fellow silversmiths know that feeling ….

This month two of my sculptor heroes Richard Serra http://www.gagosian.com/artists/richard-serra/ and Anthony Caro anthony caro early one morning passed on – lets hope to the great workshop in the sky. Their pure abstract forms inspire me to be bold , and keep that saw moving.

Went to the preview of Made in London http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/whats-on/exhibitions-displays/made-london/ where the forms were far from abstract – a bijoux show of contemporary London jewellers , and their techniques using a mix of High Tech CAD and traditional craft. Jordan Askills Battle Cat Helmet a scupture in itself .

My highlight of the month – Hemmerle – for the joy of large and unusual stone setting – thank you for the privlege of seeing them in the flesh this week. http://www.hemmerle.com

 

 

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-pearls/

This last week has been another dazzling feast for the eyes and brain. thank you to Amrapli for a private view of their fabulous modern Indian jewellery at the V&A . Joyous glittering colours – sapphire, ruby , diamonds, emeralds , and the workmanship…… and the V&A at night , quietly led through to an exclusive view of the Pearls exhibition. Charles 11 liked his pearl earring enough to wear it to his execution…… real pearls of colours that I didn’t know  existed in nature, bold designs ancient and up to date …… I’ll go back again.