Dazzle 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.
1981: Clarissa. Necklace – Niobium & Silk
1981: Olga Hales. Brooch & Earrings – Titanium & Silk
Early 80’s: Jane Adam. Brooch – anodised aluminium & perspex
1986: Malcolm Morris. Brooch – Aluminium
1988: Susie Barr. Brooch – Niobium & Silver. This was a gift to Christine when their son Dom was born.
1988: Abbott & Ellwood. Brooches (left-right) Mike Abbott – Mad Cow Disease, brass. Jester, Brass. Kim Ellwood – Steel, gold leaf & enamel
Early 90’s: Elizabeth Callinicos. Ring – silver, oxidised silver
Early 90’s: Sue Cross. Earrings – rose gold & oxidised silver
Mid 90’s: Anna Gordon. Brooch – oxidised silver & gold
Mid 90’s: Angela O’Kelly. Bangle – hand-dyed paper
2003: Grace Girvan. Pebble Brooch, purchased at Grace’s graduate show
Early 2000’s: Marianne Anderson. Ring – oxidised silver and red glass.
Mid 2000’s: Wendy Sarah Pacey. Necklace – laminated acrylic, steel.
late 2000’s: Yoko Isawa. Veiled Necklace
2007: Antonella Giomarelli. Packing tape bangle – oxidised silver
2008: Indra Karpaviciute. Brooch – oxidised silver
2012: Mariko Sumioka. Brooch – oxidised silver, copper, enamel, kimono silk thread
2015: Jelka Quintelier. Necklace – lazor cut rubber
2016: Kathie Murphy. Brooch – polyester resin
2016: Lynne MacLachlan. Gego Ring. 3D-Printed silver
You can find out more about Dazzle at www.dazzle-exhibitions.co.uk
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