SUE LANE: Featured jeweller of the month


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Sue designs subtle, pure and minimal contemporary jewellery with clean lines and a soft finish.  Her designs are punctuated with diamonds and coloured stones while incorporating matt and polished finishes to highlight colour contrasts when combining different coloured metals.

Read on to find out a little bit more about Sue and her jewellery.

 

Describe your work in 3 words?

Modern, classic, timeless.

What inspires you/your work?

I am inspired by lines, shape, detail and proportion of everyday life. Landscapes, people and objects; the things I see everyday. I live and work in rural Herefordshire, so that impacts my work enormously. The softness of the landscape, the position of a tree on the horizon, the ethos of the rural lifestyle where things should have a purpose. The need for things to be practical but a joy to use. I am always sketching or jotting down in notebooks, and paper has always been a material I love. At university, 20 years ago, I made a collection of objects and jewellery in paper. Today I make all my models and samples in paper. I use paper to add texture to the surface of metal. I fold and shape metal much like I used to with paper. Experimenting with materials and techniques inspires me.

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18k gold 2 band engagement ring – £2100

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18k gold diamond earrings – £690

What made you decide to be a jewellery designer?

Scale. I can visualise, think and work on a small scale. I can’t do the same on a larger scale. This combined with the love of how metals can so quickly be manipulated, cut, constructed, soldered, dismantled, adjusted, soldered again and manipulated further and further. Precious metals are kind to work with while always retaining value and simple beauty. Over the years I have worked more and more with clients who are getting engaged and married. This has reminded me of the sentiment we as humans attach to jewellery, and how when a ring leaves the studio it evolves with time into an object with enormous sentiment, attachment and value to it’s owner. My involvement in that process is one I treasure and enjoy.

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

My answer as a 7 year old was to be a weather girl. I think that stemmed from my upbringing in a farming community where your day, week and sometimes your year was determined by the weather. With hindsight I also know it was my farming background that effected the way I viewed my future career. As a child, the majority of adults I knew, including my family, were self-employed or ran their own businesses. Running my own business seemed the only way forward, and I never doubted it was what I would do too.

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

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Silver fold necklace – £190

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18k gold, silver, Aquamarine ring – £330

Wow, that’s a hard question. It could be my husband’s wedding ring. Or it could be a ring I made recently for a client with an incredible, very large old cut diamond. For some reason, that diamond talked to me.

What tool can you not live without?

The kettle! It welcomes me to the workshop first thing in the morning. It’s there to calm me before I do a very tricky soldering job. It’s there to delay doing my tax return. It’s there to help welcome clients or students to the studio and help break the ice. It’s there in the moment of need, for when someone is upset, sad or emotional, because jewellery brings out all sorts of emotions!

What do you love most about being a jeweller?

I love being able to live and earn a living it a beautiful rural area, doing something I love and have always loved, and to see the joy of what I create with my own hands brings to people.

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

Another tough question. I can only say I would choose anyone to wear my jewellery if they truly love it, treasure it, value it and enjoy it. I’m sorry I can’t name a name!

What is your favourite piece on lovedazzle?

I have to say Round Pearl Ring by Marianne Anderson. I adore this ring and love Marianne’s work because it is so different to my own. I love oxidised jewellery and her choice of coloured stones.

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See Sue’s full range on lovedazzle

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Jeweller of the Month: NAOMI JAMES


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naomiNaomi creates jewellery inspired by natural forms. She embosses silver with dried leaves, leaf skeletons, flowers and grass which picks up an amazing amount of detail. The silver is complemented with touches of 18 carat gold, to create beautiful wearable jewellery.

We asked Naomi a few questions about her work. As it’s Mother’s day soon, we also found out what her ideal Mother’s day gift would be!

Describe your work in 3 words?
Bold, botanical, tactile

What inspires you?
I am inspired by making: rolling, folding, bending metal. My designs happen as I make, I am drawn to natural forms and those are always lurking in the background but it is only when I sit down with a piece of metal and start to experiment that my ideas really form.

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Flower in circle pendant – £165

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Aquamarine bracelet – £175

What made you want to be a jewellery designer?

I was always making things when I was younger, sewing toys out of scraps of material, making models etc and when I was 13 a jewellery workshop opened in Lewes- the town I grew up in- and my best friend (Kathie Murphy) and I went along to ask if they were doing evening classes. We both loved it straight away and our teacher Jonathan Swan was very encouraging and enthusiastic. We had to change the policy at our school so that we could take metalwork ( hard to believe now!) Kathie and I are both still making jewellery and very grateful for that start.

If you weren’t a jewellery designer what do you think you would be?
I was quite a keen scientist at school and I love scuba diving so I think it would have to be a marine biologist- one that got to go diving of course!

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Grey pearl teardop necklace – £235

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Pierced leaf shape necklace – £70

What’s the most exciting piece you have ever made?
I made a locket for some ashes once, it was probably more stressful than exciting…

What tool can you not live without?
It would have to be the rolling mill- I use it to imprint all the flower and leaf textures into my silver.

What would be your ideal Mother’s day gift?
A sunny day, a nice meal with the family and no fighting! (Image below of Naomi and her 2 children)

How do you find juggling being a mum and jeweller?
It actually works brilliantly as I can mainly fit my hours around a school day, I rarely have to miss those school performances and I can make time for the holidays. It gets harder in the autumn when I am really busy but luckily my partner has a flexible job too and can take over a bit. I know that it won’t be long until they don’t want to spend much time with me, so it’s great to be able to when they still do!susan sarandan

If you could choose anyone to wear your jewellery, who would it be?
Susan Sarandon (left)- she’s a great actor, political activist and is still amazing at 69!

What is your favourite piece on lovedazzle?
It’s so hard to choose! I have quite a good collection of pieces from other Lovedazzle jewellers- my most recent being a pair of John Moore’s Elytra earrings. I do love Jenny Llewellyn’s graduating colour fade necklace…

View Naomi’s full range on lovedazzle

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Meet the new member of the lovedazzle team!


We would like to introduce you to the newest member of the lovedazzle team. Meet Wilf. At the moment he is demanding a lot of our attention, it’s very hard to resist such a cute face!

Name: Wilf

Age: 12 weeks

Favourite toy: Octopussy

Loves: Nibbling feet

Very good at: Sitting

We’ll try not to fill our page with too many Wilf related things! We may even get him modelling some jewellery soon, watch this space!

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FEATURED JEWELLER OF THE MONTH: John Moore


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Inspired by feathers, wings and other natural forms, award winning designer, John Moore, is best known for his distinctive, colourful jewellery made from anodised aluminium. Read on to find out more about John and his vibrant jewellery.

(Image above Verto Necklace)

 

Describe your work in 3 words
Fluid – Engineered – Expressive

What Inspires you?
Natural forms – particularly those that display overlapping plates, like feathers/wings, fish scales and insects. Jewellery and artefacts from ancient Egypt and Amazonian tribes. Materials and process. Music.

What made you want to be a jewellery designer?
I sort of arrived at jewellery making during my final year at uni.  I love working with my hands and for me jewellery encompasses a range of things that interest me.  As a child I used to make puppets and small automatons.  I also did a lot of dance and drama so there is a theatrical element in my work and movement is very important.  My jewellery comes to life when worn in the same way a puppet or an automaton does when operated.  I make jewellery essentially to explore and understand humanity. I am fascinated at how wearable objects affect our sense of identity and the way we feel.  I recently realised a life long ambition to combine jewellery and dance in a short video piece which will be released in the New Year 2016.

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If you weren’t a jewellery designer what do you think you would be?
I would make other kinds of art.  Actually this is my plan, my jewellery will become part of a bigger portfolio of work.  Otherwise I would love to be a dancer.

What’s the most exciting piece you have ever made?
Probably the Verto Necklace because it can transform into multiple different shapes.  I have now made four variations on this design in different sizes.

What tool can you not live without?
That’s a hard one, there’s so many.  Probably my flypress.

What do you listen to while you work?
BBC 6 Music, or my own music which is quite eclectic.

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I think my first choice would be Tilda Swinton

What’s your favourite piece on lovedazzle?
I love Gilly’s work and I think the Ombre Curved tug Bangle is a wonderful use of her trade mark elastic, plus I have a weakness for graduated colour. 

 SHOP JOHN MOORE JEWELLERY > 

 

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FEATURED JEWELLER OF THE MONTH: Debbie Long


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Each of Debbie’s pieces are individually hammered, folded and forged in to spirals and curves. Read on to find out a bit more about Debbie and her jewellery…
debbie longDescribe your work in 3 words
Simple, eternal, powerful.

What inspires you?
Nature’s infinite beauty


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

The most exciting piece I ever made was probably the first piece I made using my own technique of folding and forging. It has been an organic journey of discovery ever since. I enjoy pushing the metal to extreme

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If you weren’t a jewellery designer what would you be?
A world traveller! 

What tool can’t you live without?Jelka laitia
My trusty hammer. It is my most precious possession. I’ve had it since I was a student.

What do you listen to while you work?
In my cosy octagonal garden workshop I listen to the BBC World Service. 

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

What’s your favourite piece on lovedazzle?
My favourite piece on lovedazzle is the gorgeous Laitia Necklace by Jelka Quintelier. It is innovative and simple stunning.

SEE DEBBIE’S FULL RANGE…

 

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Featured Jeweller of the Month: Diana Greenwood


diana greenwood Diana has been successfully making and designing silversmithing and jewellery since she graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1993. Her fascination with the garden and the process of gardening feeds her passion of working with metal. Read on to find out a bit more about Diana and her jewellery…Diana Greenwood

Describe your work in 3 words
Flowery, leafy, graphic.

What inspires you?
Plants and flowers and the physical process of gardening and getting my hands dirty! Old botanical prints and technical drawings, gardening tools, humour and the ability to not take life too seriously!

What made you decide to be a jewellery designer?
I originally trained as a silversmith and would still describe myself as one. I enjoyed making ‘stuff’ as a child; I got given a simple jewellery making kit one Christmas, exhausted the idea and exhausted this kit very quickly and then started using anything I could lay my hands on.  My Dad was an engineer, always fiddling with things in the garage, making model aeroplanes, so there was always things to ‘borrow’ to make with. I loved jigsaws and problem solving and being good at drawing and making, I followed this path to Art college and then on to a Three-Dimensional Design Degree and finally a masters at the RCA in Goldsmithing and silversmithing

Diana Green wood, featured jeweller of the monthWhat tool can’t you live without?
A pencil.Diana Greenwood Hogs Back

If you could choose anyone to wear your jewellery, who would it be?
Probably a garden designer: Vita Sackville-West or Gertrude Jekyll. They were incredible designers and women! Failing that, my husband! He has a fantastic collection of my cufflinks and wears them all the time! 

What’s the most exciting piece you have ever made?
Being invited to make a piece for COLLECT at the Saatchi Gallery in 2013 by Bishopsland Educational Trust, for whom I had made a piece for in 1995 for the Crafts Council’s silver collection. After not making a piece of silversmithing for 10 years, I embarked on my largest piece to date, a pierced  silver vessel based on a papercutting I made called ‘Hogs Back’ – Inspired by a place I see everyday on my way to the studio.

Jenny Llewellyn Plume necklaceWhat’s your favourite piece on lovedazzle?
That’s really hard! I have quite a collection of jewellery from lovedazzle makers already. I love Jenny Llewellyn’s Plume necklace, just fabulous! 

 

See Diana’s full range here…

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Featured Jeweller of the Month: Jessica Briggs


Jessica Briggs Brooch detailJessica uses a combination of patterned and textured silver, fusing it with gold whilst often adding depth through part oxidation. Her designs are translated into elegant pieces with subtle textures and complex layered finishes. Find out a bit more about Jessica and her work in this months Q&A.Jessica briggs

Describe your work in 3 words…
Stylish. Precious. Wearable.

What inspires you/your work?
Initial ideas can come from anything – a button, plant, pebble, painting – but it is the metal-working processes which enable me to interpret these ideas, that truly inspire me.
Silver is an amazing material to use and with the combination of gold, which is applied using an ancient Korean technique, plus a raft of processes developed over many years, I have unlimited and often unexpected potential to explore my themes.

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If you weren’t a jewellery designer what do you think you would be?
Jewellery making/designing is my second career. My first degree was in textile design and I worked as a surface print designer for 10 years, before attending evening classes in metalwork.
The first time I struck metal with a hammer was a real ‘Eureka!’ moment from which I have never looked back.
Jewellery is very much my chosen and only career.

What tool can you not live without?
My wonderful, trusty Durston Rolling Mill, without which I could not apply my patterns and textures to silver.

Which famous person or personality would you most love to see wearing your jewellery?
Tamzin Grieg, the actress. She’s elegant, smart and witty. Or perhaps Kirsty Wark…joanne thompson ervine necklace long

What is your favourite piece on lovedazzle?
I have always loved making chains, but the long Ervine Necklace by Joanne Thompson I think is really special and I could not conceive of making it myself!

 

See Jessica’s full range on lovedazzle here…

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