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Celebrating 45 years of the Designer Jewellers' Group

26 September to 7 November 2020

Celebrating 45 years of the Designer Jewellers' Group

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.

Christina Hirst - Studs - Pod Cluster w/ peacock pearl

Christina Hirst

Studs - Pod Cluster w/ peacock pearl

Oxidised Silver & 18ct Yellow Gold

Ref: 105978

£180.00

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Christina Hirst

The main inspiration for Christina's work is nature. The aim is to capture the delicate textures and shapes of nature in metal, after studying natural forms, by drawing and photographing them. Christina takes shapes and textures of personal interest and translates them into designs for jewellery. Some pieces are lifelike representations of nature others have a more fantastical quality. Christina also makes one-off bespoke pieces in Precious Metal Clay, this work is more experimental and includes large neckpieces, hair ornaments and other unusual and unique work. These pieces are made to commission and for exhibition.

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