Kate Wood – Jeweller of the Month


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This month we welcome Kate Wood to lovedazzle. Kate makes feminine, ethereal jewellery using fine beading and chain work techniques. Using freshwater pearls and tiny faceted gemstones, her beaded designs take their cue from natural forms, growth patterns and textures. Each piece displays a sensuous movement and lightness of touch. We ask Kate some questions to find out a little bit…



What made you decide to be a jewellery designer?

Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 09.14.26I’ve always enjoyed the process of making things and been attracted to tiny details in objects and the natural world.  I’m mainly self-taught, so it was less a decision to be a jewellery designer and more a gradual realisation that it was a possibility.  After university I worked a museum curator, and started selling jewellery I made in my spare time at weekend markets.  My work developed as I went along, and when I was awarded a studio space at Cockpit Arts in Holborn, having a space of my own combined with business support from the team there really helped me develop my practice.


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Plant forms and growth patterns are the main influence that seeps into my work although my chainwork pieces are more geometric and inspired by Middle Eastern and Indian jewellery.  I sometimes make some rough sketches, but my main starting point is the materials themselves.  I design by experimenting directly with wire, chain and gemstone and pearl beads, in a time-consuming process of trial and error.  I’m always working towards achieving a harmonious form that moves beautifully on the body.


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If you weren’t a jewellery designer what do you think you would be?

I started out as a museum curator but now I think I’d be a yoga teacher or a garden designer maybe!

Image: Tassel Pendants from £125

 


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What’s the most exciting piece you have ever made?

I’m always most enamoured with the latest piece I’ve made.  At the moment my favourites are the Labradorite Loop Earrings (Image left) as I feel I’ve managed to create a simple, elegant form which is modern, airy and light.  Simplicity is often the hardest thing.


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If you could own a piece by another maker in any discipline, no price limit, what would it be?

I’d love a ring by Karl Fritsch, his work is so beautiful in a brutal kind of way and has a lot of humour to it.
 

 


cate blanchettIf you could choose anyone to wear your jewellery, who would it be?

I think Cate Blanchett would wear it well!  But anyone who loves it and is made happy by it really.

How do you relax after a day in the studio?

Yoga really relaxes and revives me and I love being out in the garden, but after a busy week it could well be a couple of beers and a pizza with something bingeable on Netflix!


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Kokkino now on Lovedazzle


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This month we welcome Kokkino to lovedazzle. Melanie Ankers founded Kokkino in 2003 and has continued to make contemporary yet timeless pieces of jewellery in bright silver, warm 24-carat gold and a stunning colour palette of enamels. Striking, sophisticated and yet so wearable, every piece in Kokkino’s collection is lovingly handmade in her Worcester studio.

We ask Melanie a few questions about her work and inspirations, read on to find out more…


kokkinoWhat made you decide to be a jewellery designer?

I have always enjoyed making things, even as a small child I would knit and sew and thought that I would go on to do something related to textiles. It wasn’t until I went to Loughborough College of Art and Design to do my foundation course that I really realised that jewellery design was even possible, and working in a smaller scale making precious things, seemed just perfect.


Who or what have been the biggest influence on your work?kokkino-sketch

I’m not sure there is one particular influence. Much of my work is designed and created by playing with the materials, letting accidents happen, playing with proportions, colour and texture. I keep a sketchbook close by so that when inspiration does strike, I can scribble that down and refer back to the idea later – although it normally morphs into something completely different by the end of the making process!


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If you weren’t a jewellery designer what do you think you would be?

I am not sure what I would be, in my daydreams – maybe a yoga teacher and travel photographer!

Image: Triple Strand Enamel Necklace – £97

 

 


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If you could own any piece by another maker in any discipline, no price limit, what would it be?

I’m so bad at making decisions that it would probably take me months to decide if I could choose any discipline! If I were to choose a piece of jewellery, I love Andrew Lamb’s work. (Image right). The detail, skill and beautiful metal colours are astounding.

 


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If you could choose anyone to wear your jewellery, who would it be and why?

Audrey Tautou. I like her quirky yet elegant style.

 

 


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How do you relax after a day in the studio?

Yoga always helps any aches, pains and worries associated with sitting at a workbench all day, and running a business. I try to do that every day when I finish work.

Image: Silver & Enamel studs Kingfisher Blue – £67


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Your top tip for a day out in your area?

A stomp over the Malvern hills is always a great way to blow away the cobwebs and recharge, followed by a cup of tea and a slice of cake!

 

 


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Dazzle is 35


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tony-and-christineDazzle has been going for 35 years. The first ever Dazzle was conceived by Tony Gordon and Christine Bola in 1981 at the Royal Exchange Theatre, where Christine worked and then at the National Theatre in London and the Bede Art Gallery, Jarrow. Tony ran an art gallery in Manchester at the time. With a shared interest in the arts and Christine’s love of jewellery the first Dazzles were born.

The aim of Dazzle was to introduce the wealth of talented, innovative jewellery designers emerging from colleges at the time, to a wider audience. Over the years we have had thousands of jewellers exhibiting at Dazzle. Some that showed with us in the early days still exhibit with us now.

In the 35 years Dazzle has been going, they have managed to build up quite a collection of jewellery. So this month we delve in to Christine’s jewellery box and pick out her top 20 from the early years to the current day.

Click on the images below to find out about each piece.

You can find out more about Dazzle at www.dazzle-exhibitions.co.uk

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Jeweller of the Month: Gail Klevan


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Gail creates hand-painted acrylic jewellery which refracts dense colour with metallic gold and silver undertones across smooth and sculpted surfaces.These interact with the organic curvature and geometry of the highly polished optical-quality acrylic shapes, creating shimmering, ever changing iridescence.

Gail has exhibited worldwide throughout her established career as a jewellery designer. Starting her training back in 1981 at Manchester Polytechnic were she took her first degree in Wood, Metal and Ceramics. She won a full bursary from the Royal College of Art for a Master’s Degree in Silversmithing and Jewellery, and was awarded her M.A. in 1985. Her degree show contained a range of jewellery, fabrics, furniture and lighting, and while at the college she won the 1983 Bakri Award. Over the years Gail has attracted a large and enthusiastic following, not just in the UK but in many overseas countries too.

We asked Gail a few questions about her and her jewellery, read on to find out more…



What made you decide to be a jewellery designer?

Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 12.01.58From a very young age I enjoyed making small things.  When I was 4, I used to decorate matchboxes with felts and velvet and braids, and tiny beads and ornaments.  At school I loved art and mostly painted and sculpted. I once made a tooth brush that was taller than me. At college I branched out making furniture and lighting as well as jewellery, but in the end jewellery won out. I am always thrilled when I see the pleasure with which people wear my work and the confidence it gives them, and I love experimenting with shape and colour and pattern. I see myself not just as a jewellery designer, but as an artist. I also make paintings on acrylic, decorate clocks and dishes, and any other item that can be fashioned from acrylic.


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Who or what has been the biggest influence on your work?
I don’t really have a single biggest influence but many people and styles I have encountered along the way have shaped my outlook.   My father painted and my various art teachers all left a mark, but I also take inspiration from nature, from different ethnic traditions, from the ideas of various artistic schools such as art-deco , and in particular the Bakelite jewellery of the 1930’s and the wallpaper and textile designs of the 1950’s.


Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 14.36.04If you weren’t a jewellery designer what do you think you would be?
I have no idea.  I am well-nigh unemployable and have never worked for anyone else, so maybe I’d be a furniture designer/maker or perhaps a portrait painter.

What’s the most exciting piece you have ever made?
Probably the piece I made for Lesley Craze’s 30th anniversary exhibition – it was a multi coloured articulating necklace with subtly changing colour graduations which changed depending on which angle you looked at it. (image left)


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18ct Gold Cuff by Alison Bradley

If you could own a piece by another maker in any discipline, no price limit, what would it be?
I love Helen Noakes’ work, but Alison Bradley has a stunning solid gold, jewel encrusted cuff-bracelet that I covet.

If you could choose anyone to wear your jewellery, who would it be?
I wouldn’t ask anyone to wear my jewellery who didn’t enjoy it, so don’t have expectations of anyone in particular.  If you are asking who I admire, it’s good-natured people with a smiling countenance, positive outlook and good grace, and a current example of that is Nicola Adams, the Olympic double gold medallist!


Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 17.49.19.pngWhat do you love most about being a jeweller?
I love the fact that my art can be worn and enjoyed by the wearer.  It always gives me a thrill when people tell me how much they enjoy wearing my work and when I get asked where I get my jewellery.

How do you relax after a day in the studio?
I don’t keep regular hours.  I work from home and work all hours.  I really enjoy my work; it is my relaxation, and my relaxation is my work.

 


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Grainne Morton – Jeweller of the Month


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Grainne, based in Edinburgh, originally from Northern Ireland, works in a miniature scale, using a diverse range of materials. She incorporates her love of collecting antiques and found objects in her jewellery. Objects are individually set, primarily in silver and arranged together with an emphasis on balance, scale, shape and form. We asked Grainne more about her work and inspirations, with a top tip of a beautiful place to visit in Scotland. Read on…


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What made you decide to be a jewellery designer?
I have always loved making. I realised quite early on that I wanted to go to Art College but had no idea that I would become a jeweller. It was fashion I was was interested in, but when I took jewellery as a student in 1st year at Edinburgh Collage of Art it just clicked. The scale was perfect.

 


Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 19.24.45Who or what has been the biggest influence on your work?
Probably my family. My parents are both creative and were incredibly encouraging. My aunt is Glass Artist Alison Kinnaird, I grew up being inspired by her practice.

If you weren’t a jewellery designer what do you think you would be?
Who knows? I always wanted to be self employed as that is all I knew.


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What’s the most exciting piece you have ever made?
I made two large scale panels for Royal Carribbean Cruise ships quite early in my career. They were basically giant versions of my Printer Tray brooches. Another was an Alphabet piece – again large scale that I made for the then Scottish Arts Council’s Travelling Gallery. Valerie Singleton was really interested in it when I displayed it at Chelsea Crafts Fair one year but I wanted to keep in in my personal collection. I was really chuffed though.


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If you could own a piece by another maker in any discipline, no price limit, what would it be?
I love clothes. I have have always wanted to get my hands on an original YSL Le Smoking suit. (image right)

If you could choose anyone to wear your jewellery, who would it be?
Chloe Sevigny.

What do you love most about being a jeweller?
As I make everything by hand I love the freedom to be able to design and make exactly what I want.

 


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Blair Castle (image from Great Scotland)

How do you relax after a day in the studio?
With more time in the studio!

If you could recommend a special place to go in Scotland, where would it be?
Blair Atholl. We’re just spent a few days camping up there. It’s a perfect village with streams running through it and little bridges everywhere passing over them. A Mill café that has the most amazing bread, a quirky Country Life Museum, a Castle that displays a great collection of antique jewellery and countryside as green as can be. Beware of the midges though.


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Joanne Thompson: Jeweller of the Month


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The circle is forever the starting point for each of Joanne’s jewellery designs. Inspired by Ancient chain maille patterns, Joanne experiments with the scale, weight, form and texture of the chains, making necklaces, bracelets and earrings which are voluminous yet light, tactile and extremely durable.

We ask Joanne to answer our lovedazzle questions to find out a bit more…


Describe your work in 3 words?
Tactile, sculptural, durable.

What inspires you/your work?
‘Happy accidents’ while playing directly with the metal. I have stacks of silver jump-links in all sizes which I experiment with. Traditional chain maille patterns are a constant inspiration. I play about with the scale, weight, form and texture of the chains. Often new designs come about while I am making a piece and it somehow transforms into something new.

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What made you decide to be a jewellery designer?
I always wanted to be a maker of some sort but wasn’t thinking of jewellery until first year at ECA where I discovered the jewellery department run by Dorothy Hogg. The jewellery studios seemed to have so much energy and organisation, I was hooked straight away. A lot of the pieces I made at ECA were like little metal ‘paintings’, which were translated into brooches, so I didn’t really consider myself a jeweller until I started making pieces that had a real connection to the wearer; the way the jewellery moves with the body, how it feels, the longevity of jewellery, and how we develop such strong attachments to it.

If you weren’t a jewellery designer what do you think you would be?
In my dreams a ballet dancer! But realistically I think I would be involved with textiles.

What’s the most exciting piece you have ever made?
It was a piece I made recently for a friend, recycling lots of old 22ct gold bracelets into one of my Ervine necklaces, the 22ct gold was a dream to work with.

What tool can you not live without?
I have a set of jump-link mandrels gifted from my friend Gerlinde Huth not long after we graduated from RCA. Every single piece I make involves using them.

What do you love most about being a jeweller?
Sitting down at the bench and making is such a pleasure, I do feel grateful every day. And having such a lot of jewellery to wear is not bad either!

If you could choose anyone to wear your jewellery, who would it be?
Charlotte Gainsbourg

What is your favourite piece on lovedazzle?
The Eldis necklace by Jelka Quintelier is stunning. 
http://www.lovedazzle.com/shop/Necklaces-Pendants-by-jelka-quintelier-Eldis-black-necklace.aspx

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Gift ideas for Father’s Day


Don’t forget it’s Father’s Day on Sunday 19 June. We’ve put a selection of gift ideas together for you to guarantee delivery on time to treat your dads!


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Jessica Briggs

Lined Leaf Cufflinks
£149


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Stephanie Ray

Pyramid Cufflinks
£210


 

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Annabet Wyndham

Lined Leaf Cufflinks
£82


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Latham & Neve

Honesty Cufflinks
£93

 


 

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Josef Koppmann

24ct Gold, Silver & White Druzy Agate
£640


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Katherine Richmond

Up to the Sky Cufflinks
£94

 


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Karen McMillan

Oval Wave Cufflinks
£86


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Naomi James

Rectangle Leaf Cufflinks
£112

 


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Diana Greenwood

Silver Beech Cufflinks
£80


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Timothy Information Ltd

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£103

 

 


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Sarah Packington

Red Rectangle Cufflinks
£45


 

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