Thursday, 21 May 2015

Made in Clerkenwell highlights

A big thank you to everyone who made our Made in Clerkenwell: Summer Open Studios such a success! We kicked off the first London Craft Week with a special demo and talk programme and our talented exhibitors surpassed themselves with a diverse range of high quality work on display. Here are some highlights, kindly photographed by Yeshen Venama...









Monday, 4 May 2015

Made in Clerkenwell Summer 2015: Interior Design highlights

Our bi-annual Made in Clerkenwell: Open Studios will be taking place next month. Avoid the high street and opt for handmade! 

From 7-10 May, we will open our doors for you to explore our 2 fascinating Victorian studio buildings in the heart of London’s historic Clerkenwell. Both venues are located within convenient strolling distance - start your visit in Clerkenwell Green and find St John’s Square just 2 minutes away.

In this series of blogposts we are very excited to profile the range of covetable products on sale. Once you’ve decorated yourself with fine accessories and jewellery, why not focus on your home? In this post, we will be previewing the range of interior goods, showcasing ceramics, textiles, quirky lamps and stunning storage solutions.


Olivia and Sally McGill

We love Olivia and Sally McGill's range of beautifully crafted enamel ceramics. Olivia is a freelance conservator with a studio in North London. She specialises in Ceramic, Glass and Enamel conservation as well as other small decorative art objects. Sally has recently been exploring fractals, the geometry of natural shapes that are repeated at different scales such as coastlines, clouds and mountain ranges. This has made for a stunning collaboration.

Elizabeth Auriol

International artist-silversmith Elizabeth Peers draws the inspiration for her unique, feminine forms from the human body. She is often drawn to unusual markings and characteristics and is captured by the playfulness of a curve, crevice or crease. Elizabeth uses chasing and a free-form raising technique to produce these folds, bulges and undulations that are iconic in her work. Elizabeth states, “the owner of a piece of mine should imbue a little of themselves within that piece and treasure it”.


Laura Felicity Design

Laura Felicity’s silk-screen printing skills and hand drawn patterns come together to create elegant handmade wallpapers and interior accessories. Laura finds her inspiration in the beauty and delicacy of patterns in a range of different areas, from the softness of nature to the clean lines of geometry. Her  aim is always to design a piece that has an atmosphere of freshness and depth, inviting people into the pattern. The colour palette is classic, based on rustic looks and a light touch. All product materials are sourced within Britain and the collection is completely hand drawn, handmade and silk screen printed within the UK. Laura Felicity Design wants to bring a sense of the traditional, handcrafted, high quality era of British industry to all products.

Sally Evans – From Brighton with Love

Sally Evans set up “From Brighton With Love” after moving to the city in summer 2012. Her lovely knitted cushions and poufs are handmade in 100% wool or cotton and fasten with five shell buttons to enhance the seaside feel. She uses various techniques including some of her own invention, as a result each range has a luxurious, tactile and 3D element to them. The colours are inspired by the vibrancy of Brighton and its surrounding area; even the pink is like a stick of Brighton Rock!


Roberta de Caro – Peace of Glass

Roberta aims to bring the timeless charm of coloured glass into people lives by creating mesmerising pieces for home decor and gardens. The glass comes mostly in sheets, which is cut by hand and arranged in layers to make a design, before firing it in a kiln. Different temperatures are used to create various effects and to give each piece its individual texture and depth, which in turns creates a unique play of light. All the designs Roberta uses for her crafts are original - ranging from playful representations of London-inspired cityscapes to colourful renditions of landscapes in bloom. She explains, “it is such a simple pleasure to see natural light pour through fused glass, I believe it grounds us and brings a sense of peace within us, hence the name ‘Peace Of Glass’.”


Victoria King

By reuising found objects, Victoria King creates pieces that captivate people's imaginations through breathing life back into something that could be considered useless. Victoria will be showing her bespoke tin lamps. Each lamp is made from a unique vintage tin box, all sourced by hand from junk shops, market stalls, and Vide Grenier markets in France. Each one is bespoke with its own special character. High quality brass fittings, Edison filament light bulbs and braided fabric power cords complete the vintage feel. Victoria will have 25 lamps to sell, which are complete one-offs made especially for our summer show. 

Kreis Design

Swiss born designer Nikki Kreis is motivated by a desire to create furniture, products and spaces that enhance people's lives because they work beautifully. This love of functionality is infused with a twist of humour and a rich experience of different cultures. At the beginning of 2012, Nikki set up her studio Kreisdesign.  Inspired by its vibrancy and energy as a cultural and creative hub, she chose to base her business in London, where she develops products and furniture, working directly with manufacturers and retailers. Working with wood, felt, fur and metal, she gives each material space to be true to itself so that her products can develop their own identity while staying close to their essence.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Made in Clerkenwell Summer 2015: Jewellery highlights

Our bi-annual Made in Clerkenwell: Open Studios will be taking place next month. Avoid the high street and opt for handmade! 

From 7-10 May, we will open our doors for you to explore our 2 fascinating Victorian studio buildings in the heart of London’s historic Clerkenwell. Both venues are located within convenient strolling distance - start your visit in Clerkenwell Green and find St John’s Square just 2 minutes away.

In this series of blogposts we are very excited to profile the range of covetable products on sale. Just a stone’s throw from the London Jewellery Quarter, our Clerkenwell studios are famous for great jewellery design. In this post, we will be previewing the range of beautiful and creative jewellery that we have on offer.

Alma Sophia Design

Alma Sophia is a Norweigan jeweller based in London. Her main collection – the square collection – is based around the fascination and surprise of cutting something open and uncovering what lies inside. Encouraging the onlooker to explore with their senses, Alma experiments with shape and form to create pieces that are inviting to touch, handle and wear. Interactivity between the piece and the wearer is the main starting point for Alma, which instinctively draws her to design and make rings first and develop a full collection thereafter. Her Scandinavian roots inherently influence her work, with the principals of minimalism strongly underpinning her designs.

Bola Lyon

Bola Lyon is a jewellery designer and maker based in London. She uses sterling silver and porcelain to emulate delicate structures within anatomy. One focus is Cancellous or soft bone, found in and around joints such as vertebrae. It is rarely exposed, encased in a smooth outer layer of solid bone. Once pried open, it reveals dense interwoven bone fibres that create an ornate three-dimensional texture. Through a series of process led experiments in porcelain clay, Almas has developed a technique that has a similar textural aesthetic, which is then used in conjunction with sterling silver. She also challenges the frailty of human veins by trying to capture their inter-flowing nature.

Brandts is a contemporary jewellery collection created by Ayshe Brandts. Each piece in the collection is designed and hand made in London by Ayshe, using gemstones, freshwater pearls, sterling silver and goldfilled components. Her mission is to create sublime jewellery for all occasions, at a fair price. Ayshe cares deeply for our environment and is very much aware of the impact which we have on it with everything we do. As well as following the mantra Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Ayshe sources as many of her supplies as possible locally, from gems and precious metals, to packaging materials. Moreover, Ayshe is always keen to explore the possibility of using components or processes which are nature friendly, for example, using a natural citric acid solution instead of hazardous chemicals after soldering, and crushed hard boiled eggs rather than liver of sulphur to patinate silver.

By Emily

Emily Sidwell is a contemporary jewellery designer working from London. By Emily is the realisation of Emily’s dream to establish an unmistakably English luxury fashion brand. Her training as a painter influences her work; each piece exhibits an exquisite hand-drawn quality. This is a trademark feature of her jewellery collections, resulting in figures that appear alive and untamed. Her designs are ingrained with the whimsical eccentricity of English style inspired by literature, wildlife and the countryside. Working mostly with silver, her adornments are thoughtfully made, combining fine craftsmanship with narrative characterised by a hybrid of raw beauty and intricate detail.

Jeanne Marell

Jeanne Marell designs and makes minimalist jewellery with a twist from her studio in London. Jeanne believes in creating unique, enduring designs. Her pieces are precious objects with a style that lasts beyond the next fashion trend. They often speak to people as they recognise the concept behind the design, but are surprised to see its unique interpretation into jewellery. 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. She produces work in gold and silver, and often combines these with non-precious materials such as wood, perspex and nylon. Jeanne is committed to ethical studio practices and uses Fairtrade gold and silver wherever possible. All pieces containing precious metal are hallmarked at the London Assay Office.

Laura Ngyou

Laura Ngyou takes inspiration for her work from organic structures and vessels. Through the exploration of sculptural form and pattern, Laura translates the fascination and beauty she finds in elements of the natural world to the wearer and observers of her jewellery. Laura's previous design techniques, used in paper and textiles, have lent themselves naturally to the medium of silver and gold in her current work. A recent oceanic theme has emerged from sketches, photographs and memories of previous diving and snorkelling trips to Borneo, Thailand and Fiji, to the specimens of shark eggs, eroded rock formations, shells and plant structures she recently observed on the British coastline. 

Francine Oeyen 

Francine Oeyen is an Argentinian Jewellery designer based in London. She grew up in Buenos Aires, a sophisticated city of contrasts where seductive nostalgia and vibrant chaos sit side by side. There, she studied Fine Arts specialising in Painting and discovered her love for jewellery. In those years she also travelled across Latin America and became interested in textile techniques and traditional crafts. Her eponymous jewellery brand focuses on the unconventional use of materials and techniques to create pieces with a strong narrative element. Every jewel is handcrafted in her London studio with a commitment to sustainability and fairtrade sourcing. The result is a series of quality timeless pieces that can be treasured and worn across seasons.

Mark Nuell 

Mark Nuell’s inspiration for jewellery came from early contact with gemstones in Australia where his father mined sapphires. Mark learnt to cut and polish these stones spending six years as a gem cutter and later studying jewellery design and making in Sydney. He continues to visit the sapphire mines where he meets the miners and cutters giving him unique access to rare and beautiful sapphires. Distinctive sapphires in shades of blue, green and yellow come to life nestled amongst 18ct gold and silver. His 'spiral' rings and bangles are set with a scattering of precious stones and gold detail. New this year is a collection using rose-cut sapphires, tourmalines and aquamarines cut from a collection of rough gemstones. Using his metalworking and gem-setting skills he creates a constantly evolving and bold lustrous collection.