The New Designers Exhibition is our favourite way to launch the new year; with an injection of new talent.This year we have handpicked five talented designers, each with a unique approach to traditional jewellery making techniques.
This page features a more detailed overview of the designers and their work, the materials and processes used as well as the inspiration behind their collections.
With an eye for detail and intricacy, Eleanor Whitworth, a designer based in Glasgow, draws inspiration from the smaller curiosities in the natural world, such as ants and aphids, cleaner fish and larger marine animals. She works intuitively using a palette of blacks, tonal greys and rich golds merging it together with a laser welder she joins multiple components to build brooches and earrings.
New work by Edinburgh based designer Millicent Bradbury, inspired by the sequences that appear in nature, like scales she uses a mix of materials such as shells and woven fabrics to create luxurious, tactile jewellery.
Each component of her jewellery moves freely with the wearer, bringing a kinetic element to the piece as it seemingly dances upon the wearer. Soft file finishes in gold, dark oxidised metals and natural shell pieces create a luxurious and tactile collection that’s both timeless and seasonless.
Sheffield based jeweller Georgia Rose uses chain as a central motif in her work. In 2017, she spent time honouring her craft working side by side with goldsmiths and master chain makers in Bangalore. The designer draws her inspiration from her time in India and her hometown of Sheffield. The contrast of the two cities has influenced her to push the boundaries of chain design. Pushing the boundaries of metalwork while experimenting with raw materials, she looks for contrasts, weight and hidden textural qualities.
Fine precious metal wire is hand crocheted into organic flowing shapes. Thousands of hand stitched loops create clusters of crochet which spill out from the contrasting structural wires forms from which they are held. Anchoria Janet draws inspiration from creating a balance between two seemingly juxtaposing things; crochet and brutalist architecture. Representing the feminine and the masculine; traditional and modern; delicate and robust; intricate and simple.
The overriding inspiration for Trudi McVey’s work is the phenomena’s that occur in the natural world. She has explored various forms and patterns using magnetic materials to create tangible contemporary designs. Her work, worn as jewellery or viewed as small sculptures.
You can find this exhibition at Diana Porter on 33 Park Street Bristol (BS1 5NH)