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.

 


View Gail’s full range on lovedazzle

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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.


View Grainne’s full range on lovedazzle

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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

VIEW JOANNE THOMPSON’S COLLECTION ON LOVEDAZZLE

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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


 

Shop for more gift ideas for your Dad’s in our Mens selection

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Jelka Quintelier: Featured Jeweller of the Month


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Jelka designs laser cut rubber jewellery, that plays an interesting game between the 2D and 3D world. Inspired by visual patterns and striking scenes that cross her path, which she captures with photography.

We asked Jelka a few questions about her work and inspiration. Read on to find out more.

 


Describe your work in 3 words
Patterns – laser cut – flexible

What inspires you/your work?
Inspiration comes in many forms for me. I can get inspired by something as little as the beautiful pattern in a leaf or something bigger like the overwhelming architecture in the city. However a lot of my favourite pieces don’t necessarily evolve out of a clear source inspiration but are the result of a process. I can get an idea in my head that will turn out completely different when I am making the prototypes and paper cut outs. I enjoy exploring the possibilities of the shape and pattern in relation to the material. There’s nothing better than surprising yourself and watching a piece of jewellery evolve. Below are a few of Jelka’s sources of inspiration…

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What made you decide to be a jewellery designer?
Jewellery encompasses a lot of subject areas I am passionate about; art and design, body and sculpture, the use of different materials and the link with fashion. I still don’t see myself as a traditional jewellery designer. I like creating bigger sculptural pieces and interior installations as well as the occasional fashion garment for editorial shoots.

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Interior Installations

If you weren’t a jewellery designer what do you think you would be?
I’d be an architect, a costume designer or a world traveler! I actually like to think I am all of the above already. I am an architect for the body and I feel there is a link to fashion and costume design in my work. I just wish I had more time to do some traveling!

What’s the most exciting piece you have ever made?
The most exciting piece I’ve made so far is a full dress I made for a magazine editorial. It was very interesting to see what my work would look like bigger and covering a larger part of the body. 

What tool can you not live without?
I have a big love for tools in general. But I wouldn’t be able to live without my basic tools like scissors, pen and paper and of course my camera.

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Lazer cut rubber dress created for editorial

What do you love most about being a jeweller?
What I enjoy the most about creating is the anticipation! The start of a new piece. When I am still in the testing and experimenting stage and everything is still possible. I love that I can constantly evolve my work and that there will always be a next step in the process. There will always be a new idea, that’s what keeps it exciting. On the other hand it really pleases me when someone absolutely loves wearing one of my pieces of jewellery and feels good about themselves while wearing it.

If you could choose anyone to wear your jewellery, who would it be?
I have a few icons in mind that I think would absolutely rock wearing my pieces. I’m thinking of FKA TwigsDita Von TeeseMarilyn MansonMarina Abromivic. Honest if I can choose just one person, it would be my mum, she loves wearing my jewellery and is my biggest fan!

What is your favourite piece on lovedazzle?
My new piece Piuma is my favourite necklace at the moment! It’s different from all my other pieces and I love wearing it myself. My inspiration for this piece was a feather I picked up from the park one day. In the end the piece doesn’t look like a feather at all, it looks more spikey but is soft to touch and makes interesting movements when you wear it.

View Jelka’s full collection on lovedazzle

 

 

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Sue Gregor: Jeweller of the Month


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Sue Gregor

Sue designs and makes a range of acrylic jewellery using a process she developed herself, called ‘Fossilized Plastic’. With this process of dying and embossing plastic Sue is able to capture the fine details of leaves and plants creating a fossil like surface. This is transformed in to bold, colourful jewellery full of rich patterns.

We asked Sue a few questions about her work and inspiration.


Describe your work in 3 words?

Wild, Colourful, Acrylic.

What inspires you/your work?

My inspiration is to share what has cheered me up and got me through the tough times. It all started at a difficult period of my life when I was going through a tough time. In order to cope with it I started to empty my head of everything and just be in the moment. I become aware of what was around me. I became enormously comforted by how beautiful the world is. So I started working with plants leaves and flowers and developed this method of capturing the detail of the plants . The leaves perish in the process so each piece is unique as all leaves and flowers differ from all others. They are a memory to each individual leaf.  I want to convey the narrative of nature claiming back the man made so I confront the synthetic with the wild, by using plants to produce beautiful and individual acrylic jewellery.

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Olive Box Leaf Cuff – £45

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Shadow Ruff – £325

What made you decide to be a jewellery designer?

I want to design pieces that are part of peoples lives.  That are worn. Not hung in Galleries or put in glass cupboards, but part of people’s lives.

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

I would probably be a textile designer. 

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

Even though I have been commissioned by museums and made statement pieces for catwalk shows I have to say that I always find that the next piece I am going to make is the most exciting to me.  I get inspired and just want to make it.

 

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Ghibli Cuff – £52

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Blue Skeleton Leaf Earrings – £42

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What tool can you not live without?

My polishing machine.

What do you love most about being a jeweller?

Coming up with new ideas and then realising them.  It is so exciting to see them being worn.  Then when I get lovely comments from the people who have bought them, that means a lot to me.

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Earrings by Grainne Morton

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

I have customers from all ages and styles so this is hard to choose. so: from Zoella and Anne Hathaway, Kirstie Allsopp  to, Iris Apfel

What is your favourite piece on lovedazzle?

I would wear these Heritage Earrings by Grainne Morton if I was choosing for myself; http://www.lovedazzle.com/shop/Earrings-by-Grainne-Morton-Heritage-Earrings12.aspx


See Sue’s full range on lovedazzle


 

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