Goldsmiths’ Fair reveals Zaha Hadid’s show picks

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Architect curates special showcase for fortnight-long Fair.

Goldsmiths’ Fair has revealed the 21 pieces of work selected by architect Zaha Hadid for a special showcase at this year’s edition of the fair at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London.

Hadid has chosen work from a number of jewellery designers and silversmiths taking part in this year’s fornight-long Goldsmiths’ Fair, with her personal highlights due to be part of the Zaha Hadid Selects… showcase, a first of its kind at the Fair.

The 21 pieces chosen include designs by Tom Rucker, Hannah Martin, Beth Gilmour, Jo Hayes Ward, William Cheshire, Craig Stuart and Kathryn Hinton.

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The Goldsmiths’ Company head of communication David Mills said: “Drawing on her cutting-edge design aesthetic, our first guest curator, Zaha Hadid, has chosen pieces which highlight the extraordinary diversity, skill and creativity of jewellers and silversmiths working in Britain today.”

Designers chosen for Zaha Hadid Selects…

Hannah Martin – Ring of Fire
Combining the traditional with the contemporary, Hannah uses narrative as her unique route into the creative process, with film, music, art, architecture and literature as inspiration. (Week One, Stand 62)

Tom Rucker – Ring GEO. AEGEANA
Tom is an artist goldsmith who uses state of the art laser welding technology in conjunction with superlative goldsmithing skills to create unique jewellery pieces and objets d’art. He works mainly in platinum and diamonds. (Week One, Stand 78)

Sarah Herriot – Splash Ring
Sarah is inspired by the urban environment but adds her own organic interpretation. Engineering and problem solving play a big part in her designs. (Week Two, Stand 56)

Jo McDonald – White porcelain ring with gold & rough diamond detail
Jo reinvents British porcelain to emulate coral, bone and tusk. Her designs take bold sculptural form with crusts of precious metals and jewels. Her inspiration includes exotic voyages, ancient artefacts, art deco and Joan Miró. (Week Two, Stand 9)

Jennifer Saker – Chipperfield gold ring
Exhibiting at Goldsmiths’ Fair for the first time, Jennifer places contemporary architecture and engineering at the heart of her design. She uses rapid prototyping and aims to scale architectural forms to human proportions. (Week Two, Stand 26)

Ute Decker – In Praise of Shadows’Earrings
Ute creates striking yet minimalist pieces in the finest sustainable materials. Playing with volume, space and movement, Ute’s architectural jewellery is enriched by her experience with sculpture, textiles, ceramics and paper. (Week One, Stand 4)

Heather Woof – Implode Brooch
Heather’s Windswept collection is inspired by wild Scottish weather. Working with hand cut titanium and mild steel, she evokes a sense of movement in these otherwise tough, static materials. (Week One, Stand 49)

Mara Irsara – Three Times Straight Ring
Mara’s work is based on primordial forms and their use as poetic elements. Outspoken thoughts and witty thinking make creativity spin and thrill and grow. Her ‘Arrogant Ring’ achieves sophistication through playfulness. (Week Two, Stand 16)

Beth Gilmour – Dichroma Earrings
Beth’s signatures are her intricate leaf patterns and innovative use of colour in gold. Her bold ‘Dichroma’ collection echoes the natural variations in bi-coloured stones. (Week One, Stand 72)

Melanie Georgacopoulos – Essence Collection: ‘Z ring
The paradoxical, intriguing nature of the pearl is at the heart of Melanie’s jewellery, whilst the aesthetic remains simple, structured and timeless. (Week One, Stand 25)

Jo Hayes Ward – Stratus Rings
Jo’s new Stratus collection takes her signature geometric structures to a lighter, more refined arena. Complex textured and patterned surfaces are framed with diamond edges or sprinkled with a gradient of precious gems. (Week Two, Stand 62)

Tina Engell – Slice Bracelet
Bold, modern and individual, the strength of Tina’s design is simplicity. (Week Two, Stand 61)

Anna Wales – Silver Cleo Necklace
Anna creates jewellery filled with spark and movement, which comes to life when worn. Sudden flashes of light, or subtle transformations of colour and texture, reveal themselves with the body’s turns. (Week Two, Stand 46)

Jane Macintosh – 5.15 Brooch
Inspired by the Bauhaus, Jane’s jewellery is characterised by simple, clean lines and wearability. She combines different precious metals, gemstones and non-precious minerals. (Week One, Stand 27)

Craig Stuart – White Gold & Silver Mokume Gane Halo Discus Brooch with Diamonds
Craig uses the ancient Japanese technique of mokume gane to create exquisite patterns in precious metals. (Week One, Stand 55)

Heather McDermott – Short Fankle Necklace
Heather is inspired by the Isle of Skye’s tideline. Soft geometric shapes create a chaotic chain which she embellishes with vivid discs of colour inspired by washed up buoys and tangled nets. (Week Two, Stand 1)

William Cheshire – Ladies Lightning Bolt Cuff
William’s piece typifies the bold, uncompromising style which he is best known for. With every new piece, he hopes to surprise and challenge himself as a designer. (Week One, Stand 71)

Olivia Lowe – Arrondi Vase
Olivia specialises in sculptural silver vases. By hand-forging long strips of silver sheet, she achieves crisp edges combining with graceful fluidity of linear form. (Week Two, Stand 35)

Kate Earlam – Margate Dish
Kate’s elegant pieces are inspired by personal experiences. Her meticulous engraving interacts with the contours of the silver, persuading light to dance over her designs with a mesmerizing, ethereal movement. (Week One, Stand 41)

Juliette Bigley – Gilded Salt & Pepper Split Bowls
Juliette uses traditional techniques to make vessels which are characterful and eloquent. Her work is both sculptural and functional, communicating as much through form as through use. (Week Two, Stand 47)

Kathryn Hinton – Faceted Double Bowl
Kathryn’s work merges traditional techniques with digital technology to create faceted forms. (Week Two, Stand 50)
 

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