Discover this year’s five British designers tipped for the top.
Professional Jeweller can exclusively reveal the 2013 Bright Young Gems set to showcase their jewellery at IJL this weekend.
Each year IJL selects a group of Bright Young Gems (BYG) tipped as the next big design talents in the UK jewellery industry. The group is nominated by a prestigious panel of jewellery industry and fashion elite, including Hilary Alexander, the Financial Times Vivienne Becker, Glamour magazine’s Claudia Mahoney, Caragh McKay of Wallpaper* magazine and Bec Astley Clarke of retailer Astley Clarke.
This year’s group has been chosen to represent a national profile of jewellery graduates and emerging talent. They can be found at IJL stand C61 and can today be revealed as:
Jessica Nam is a Birmingham based designer-maker with a passion for jewellery and previous experience within the creative design industry. She now uses only precious metals after having trained at the renowned School of Jewellery in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. Inspired by the balance of repeat formations and the opulence of natural gemstones, Nam meticulously handcrafts strong sculptural forms in gold and silver, which often encase gemstones in an array of colours. Combined with highly polished textures and her attention to wearability, Nam creates statement pieces of sophisticated jewellery. Nam said: "Since starting out I have always intended to show in London, so to be given the opportunity to show at such an important trade event as a Bright Young Gem is incredibly encouraging and exciting. I’m looking forward to getting valuable feedback by established professionals in the industry."
Amy Logan’s work is inspired by the drawn line, in particular continuous line drawings which have a wonderful flow to them. The pieces she creates always have that sense of fluidity at the heart of their creation. She studied Metal Work and Jewellery in Sheffield at Sheffield Hallam University, gaining the skills and knowledge to create her collection after graduation. She said of being part of BYG: "I am honoured to have been selected for Bright Young Gems and so excited to be able to say I will be at IJL this year. I plan to create some new pieces for the show and feel it will be a fantastic opportunity to have my work viewed by important industry experts."
Carina de Jager
Carine de Jager was born in South Africa and spent much of her childhood outdoors. The result is a love for the natural world, a fascination that resurfaces in the organic textures and patterns which appear in her work. Graduating this year from The Cass, London Metropolitan University, where she studied silversmithing and jewellery, and now working from her London studio, de Jager creates handmade jewellery pieces in a range of precious and non-precious materials. Her current range, Cohesion, is the result of her research into nature, and more specifically the relationship between plants and cities, with the aim of celebrating the resilience of plants to survive in unnatural and hostile environments. This inspiration was combined with experimentation with hot-melt glue in an attempt to recreate more organic forms. Once cast, these pieces reveal intricate patterns similar to the tangled root systems which lay hidden under our cities and towns.
Munro’s inspiration is drawn from her heritage and homeland; she was born in a small town in the far north coast of Scotland, well known for its historical fishing industry. This inspiration is reflected in the lobster pots which were a starting point for her graduation show work. The technique of intricate saw piercing enables her to create nets and lightweight structures. Her aim is to shadow the forms of the nets and pots, and loosely interpret these shapes in her own way. The technique of pyrography plays an important role in her pieces, allowing her to make often detailed patterns combined with charred edges and loose paint strokes, mirroring the intricately knotted nets of the trade and wind beaten driftwood. Her work aims to portray the rustic look of items found near harbours and tide lines.
Retailer’s Choice: Hannah Kimber
Kimber is an independent jewellery designer-maker and graduate from the Birmingham School of Jewellery set for a bright future thanks to her striking statement pieces. Her jewellery is inspired by Islamic architecture, incorporating pattern with luxurious materials to create couture creations. She is a fan of using modern forms of jewellery production such as CAD, 3D printing and laser sintering technologies. Due to this keen interest in production methods, Kimber aims to be recognised for her innovative use of the laser sintering technology which gives her a unique selling point as it is in such early stages within the trade. She has created collections built in bronze, that are 18ct yellow gold plated and gem set, resulting in luxurious cocktail style rings and necklaces, as well as dramatic black nylon and silver 18ct yellow gold plated creations.
To view images of the jewellers’ work, click here.