Two days to go till the doors open and its a flurry of activity at Craft Central as we set up for the big day.
Shop for ready-to-buy fashion, jewellery, accessories, ceramics, print-making, illustration
and interior products by 100 selected UK designer-makers. Choose a gift, commission a unique piece, find a bespoke design service or
just browse... Whether you can spare an hour or a whole day, mingle with the makers in the studios where they work their magic.
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The hotly contended contest now begins to find the ‘People’s Choice’ KickStarter.
International Jewellery London’s acclaimed KickStart bursary initiative, aimed at supporting the Best of British young jewellers, offers ten talented designers a place on this unique mentoring programme
IJL's Trend partner, the leading jewellery forecaster, Adorn Insight, will once again be awarding the Adorn Insight Award to one outstanding KickStarter.
The industry is now invited to vote for the one designer to watch as the ‘People’s Choice’, who will be awarded a free stand in the Design Gallery at IJL 2015. The voting begins on May 6 – and closes on June 6. You can vote for your your favourite Kickstarter here.
Rosie May Hofman
Rosie May is an adventurous designer who thrives on her original approach of creating unique treasures. She creates jewellery that uses modern technologies alongside traditional and ancient craft. Sentiment and meaning is embedded in the design, whilst capturing a conceptual thread.
She creates collections from intricately designed elements in silver and gold vermeil. Each piece can be strung, stacked and interconnected, creating a collection with endless possibilities. Elements interact with one another in different ways, creating a ‘mechanical elegance’. Spontaneity, curiosity, interaction and narrative are all at the heart of the Treasure Maker.
Rosie will also be exhibiting at Cluster in June.
Jeanne Marell designs and makes minimalist jewellery with a twist from her studio in London, alongside a successful career in product, colour and materials design. Jeanne believes in creating unique, enduring designs. Her pieces are precious objects with a style that lasts beyond the next fashion trend. Forms are often combinations of simple geometries and each design combines two materials or finishes in an unexpected way. They reveal their intricate detailing to those who take a closer look. Jeanne Marell produces work in gold and silver, and often combines these with non-precious materials such as wood, perspex and nylon.
Agnieszka Maksymiuk is an award winning jewellery designer maker with Polish origins, having trained first in Poland at the Academy of Fine Arts (MA, Design for Industry) and then in the United Kingdom (HND Jewellery & Silversmithing, Birmingham). Her vocational education and years of experience contribute to her creation of original pieces with artistic potential made from precious materials, combining new and traditional techniques. All the details are hand carved by the artist and paintings are transferred onto the metal surface. This creative jewellery aims to exist as small sculptures and pieces of art. Her new collection is about the relationship between the urban and the natural world in different places and cultures, inspired by the landscapes of England and Poland. The main objective is to catch the essence and potential of the particular place and tell the viewer a story which is hidden behind each piece. At the moment Agnieszka is an Artist in Residence and visiting lecturer at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham.
Studio Roso have captured creative minds globally. The Royal College of Art alumni Sophie Nielsen and Rolf Knudsen began collaborating back in 2008 to create avant-garde, conceptual pieces that radiate the transitional nature of our environment.
With an impressive portfolio of commissions, including the V&A Christmas Tree, Palace Chandelier – Hampton Court Palace; Mirror Chandelier - Ames Hotel in Boston; Meme – Canada; Studio Roso’s work provoke stimulating feelings of fascination, enchantment, and playfulness.
During Clerkenwell Design Week Studio Roso will mark the European launch of their highly anticipated new sculptural lighting piece that promises to ‘radiate the ephemeral nature of our environment’.
Debuting his TedWood Furniture collection in his first solo exhibition is award-winning designer maker Ted Jefferis.
His collection continues the appreciation of the fundamental relationship between furniture and the surrounding interior.
Jefferis’ approach to furniture design begins with an appreciation of raw materials, exploiting the natural texture, while encouraging sustainability, permanency and narrative, creating a counterbalance to the throwaway culture of modern society.
As part of the exhibition visitors will be able to see Ted hand cutting, wet moulding and making his HangUp leather lamps, with the chance to buy and take home a lamp made by Ted in Clerkenwell during CDW.
Also showcasing during CDW is the creative collaboration between designer Christopher Jenner and Drummonds of London in a much anticipated furniture collection for the bathroom.
Alongside this truly remarkable design spectacle, find out more about Craft Central, our services and the diverse national community designer-makers that we support to create exceptional craft and design and grow thriving creative businesses.
Do not miss out on the opportunity to view renowned Designers at Craft Central during Clerkenwell Design Week!