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Traditional craftsmanship and cutting edge design at its best, the Designer Jewellers' Group will be celebrating their 45th anniversary at the New Ashgate Gallery in September.
From the Bauhaus inspired designs of Petra Bishai, and Emma Farquharson to the naturalistic influences apparent in the work of Annie Ruthven-Taggart and Christina Hirst. Etching and paper pressing feature in the patterned surfaces of Jill Newbrook and Georgina Taylor and vibrant colour from Ute Sanne and Harriet St Leger using rich gold, stones and enamel. Plastic as a precious material inspires Shelby Fitzpatrick and Sarah Macrae and Ulli Kaiser incorporating unusual materials such as antique beads, fur and paper.
History of the Designer Jewellers' Group
The Designer Jewellers' Group started in 1976 between a small group of jewellers eager to showcase and market original work and to promote the best of studio jewellery to the public. Back then there were few outlets for contemporary jewellery and the group were the first group to show at the Goldsmiths Fair in 1977. All members of the Group work for the mutual benefit of the whole, as well as each member having an individual approach to design and their own original creative 'voice'.
Since the creation of the group exhibitions have taken place worldwide, including at the Goldsmiths' Centre, Liberty's, Harvey Nichols, the Cecilia Colman gallery and internationally in Japan, Dubai and the USA. Starting in 1984, a collaboration between the DJG and the Barbican Arts Centre developed into a regular and very popular bi-annual event, continuing for 32 years until 2016. Recently the group can be found at Christmas at the home of the London Livery Company, The Worshipful Company of Salters in London.
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Sarah Macrae's work consists of limited-edition and one-off pieces in precious metal, often combined with other materials such as wood, stone, acrylic or polypropylene. She is influenced by ancient forms which may or may not have had a function, such as tools, ritualistic artefacts and sculpture. Sarah is particularly fascinated with traditional Celtic penannular and circle brooch designs, which are often reversible, with the functional parts of the brooch an integral part of the form.
Sarah enjoys exploring the possibilities of materials. Through her most recent work in polypropylene, she has been exploring the effect of layering, dyeing, cutting and heat forming to make necklaces and earrings evoking sea plants and vividly-coloured marine creatures.
Sarah has been making jewellery since graduating from Brighton Polytechnic in 1981 and exhibiting with The Designer Jewellers Group since 1984. She also belongs to the Association for Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ) and exhibits regularly with the ACJ Wessex regional group. She combines making pieces for sale and to commission with teaching short courses at West Dean College, and at Making Space.