Goldsmiths’ Fair, Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2, 27th September – 9th October 2016
I totally understand why this Fair is so popular as it offers a wide variety of choice whether you are looking for gold or silver jewellery or pieces for your home. There is both traditional and cutting-edge design to choose from and don’t forget you can commission bespoke pieces from the makers directly and I assure you the latter is well worth doing for a special occasion.
This year the super-model Erin O’ Connor has been asked to make a personal selection of what she finds appealing from among the designers and makers exhibiting. She sums up her choices saying: “My selection reflects my personal style. It’s made up of jewellery I’d happily wear on a variety of occasions and contemporary silver I’d proudly display at home. I love the high degree of craftsmanship in each piece.”
There is a special display celebrating Barbara Cartlidge and Electrum Gallery: A Passion for Jewellery and features some twenty-five pieces of her distinctive and original jewellery. It certainly highlights why the Electrum Gallery which she opened in 1971 with Ralph Turner became such a popular destination for those looking for contemporary art jewellery. A newly published biography Barbara Cartlidge and Electrum Gallery: A Passion for Jewellery, by Dr Beatriz Chadour-Sampson and Janice Hosegood, published by Arnoldsche will also be available to buy.
The second display Silver: The Dark Side challenges our perception on how silver should look. It is the inspiration of Brian Kennedy. He explains: “Many years ago, while visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, I came across a case holding a magnificent pair of Georgian candelabra. Instead of the usually gleaming silver, I was confronted by two inky black oxidised pieces, mysterious and slightly sinister and oh so contemporary! A love affair with blackened silver had begun”. The objects he has selected in some case feature not only these intriguing surfaces but have enamelling or other metals incorporated in their design. So whether pieces of jewellery or objects for interiors they are certainly the dernier cri.
Week One: 27 Sept– 2 Oct 2016
Week Two: 4 – 9 Oct 2016
11am – 6pm (Thursdays late till 8pm)
11am – 4pm Sunday
Closed Monday 3 October