Discover emerging jewellery talent at Design Space

Twelve of Birmingham’s freshest designers take on The Jewellery Show.

Birmingham’s jewellery collective Design Space will debut members’ wholesale collections at The Jewellery Show. Head along to the stand to make sure you don’t miss 2013’s freshest design talents.

While The Jewellery Show might be a stalwart event for many British brands and companies, this year it will play host to some exciting new design talent from the UK.

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Nurtured through Birmingham initiative Design Space, 12 up-and-coming jewellery designers will debut their first wholesale collections in 2013’s Design Quarter, placing them alongside British brands such as Alex Monroe and Rachel Galley.

The collective of jewellery graduates were given a chance to attend the show as part of the business support they receive through Design Space, an initiative funded through Birmingham City Council and the European Regional Development Fund, that offers designers free studio space, business advice and mentoring for a year.

In the years since Design Space launched in 2009, it has helped more than 50 designers build a start-up business. But this year’s set of designers have already flexed their business muscles, having run a pop-up shop for six weeks ahead of Christmas in Birmingham town centre.

Jessica Nam is just one of the Design Space jewellers who will showcase her sculptural designs at the show. She said: “Running a pop-up shop in Birmingham’s Great Western Arcade gave us an invaluable opportunity to start building relationships with customers and learn more about what works commercially. Since then, we’ve been adapting and building on our collections. Launching our collections to buyers at The Jewellery Show is a fantastic opportunity and we’re all really excited at the prospect. While the whole process of exhibiting at the show will be another learning curve, we’re really excited by the opportunity.”

Other jewellers ready to wholesale their collections include Tom Asquith, Elizabeth Boyd, Karen Collis, Lana Crabb, Joanna Fronczak, Chloe Hurn, Steve Kukla, Amy Logan, Sarah Manterfield, Amanda Trimmer and Rosie White.

Each has their own style, from delicate wire work through to pieces that incorporate driftwood, with designs inspired by everything from the colour and shapes found in superhero cartoons through to human bones and the intricacy of flower petals.

Design Space mentor Kerry O’Connor explains the benefits of The Jewellery Show for these 12 budding designers. “Spring Fair is one of the biggest events in the jewellery and giftware calendar and offers a great opportunity for the Design Space participants to showcase their talents and start building relationships with crucial trade buyers,” she states. “Birmingham has long enjoyed a global reputation for jewellery and metalworking excellence and I’m confident that this group of up-and-coming designers is more than equipped to continue that tradition.”

The students have spent several months honing their collections to make them ready to wholesale to jewellery retailers and buyers attending the show.



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