New Designers 2011
Created by Vanilla Ink
At the start of the month I attended New Designers down in London town.
This is an event that I have both taken part in and visited and it is a great place to see what Britain's talented creative graduates have produced.
The reason I attended New Designers was to spread the word about Vanilla Ink! It is a great opportunity for me to catch most, if not all the jewellery graduates in the country!
It also gave me a chance to put a face to the twitter account! I did, however, feel a bit of a fool introducing myself as "@katesjewellery" to some people (much to my friends amusement).
Building strong connections with graduates is key to Vanilla Ink's success and so it was great to be given the opportunity to talk with such a vast amount.
New Designers had an awesome atmosphere, it is hard not to be inspired.
Inspirational designers included:
Pip Jolley graduated from Central Saint Martins. Her 50's inspired, feminist jewellery was a playful breath of fresh air.
Victoria Kelsey graduated from Middlesex University. Her interest in layers upon layers of dust and grime that is collected on dormant objects has been transformed into pieces that are beautiful and precious, playing with the alterations of the perceptions of dust.
Adele Beauscher graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. Adele's work captures the innocence of youth, the stories and fables once told. Her work is both playful and narrative.
Sarah Hutton graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone. Sarah's work looks into 'protection' in all aspects of the word. Focussing on armour, Sarah came up with a collection that leaves the wearer feeling strong and powerful and can take what the world throws at them.
Myia Bonner. I have been a fan of Myia's work since I saw it last year at New Designers. Myia was invited back to take part in One Year On, where she saw her extended collection. Her work aims to challenge the common perceptions associated with the iconic diamond.