Hot 100 2013: Becky Dockree

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If Becky’s not creating or selling jewellery, she’s teaching it.

Becky Dockree is an obsessive. If the young designer is not creating, selling or teaching jewellery, you can bet she’s drawing it, or at least imagining it.

“I’m constantly thinking about jewellery,” she says. “I always have a sketchbook with me with pages of drawn designs in the making. I enjoy the whole process of producing jewellery from the initial concept to the end product. The journey’s often frustrating but always worth it.”

Well it is if you are as talented as Becky. Though undoubtedly in the fledgling years of her career, having only established the brand last May, she has already been feted by the industry with the Weston Beamor Emerge Award at Treasure during Jewellery Week, winning with a design that impressed the company so much that it became their entry to the International Platinum Trail.

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Becky is so into her jewellery that she quite literally won’t even countenance an alternative career. “It’s not an option. I’ve had other jobs, but I always made jewellery on the side. When I decided to become self employed and make my passion my career you couldn’t stop me.”

We wouldn’t want to. Her designs are extremely detailed yet somehow retain a raw, timeless and fantastic quality, with patterns reflecting abstract emotional states. She has a background in sculpture and art and uses her designs to create 3D raised etchings in silver, copper and brass on pieces that are statement making and more than a little armorial.

Perhaps that is because she toils in one of London’s livelier quarters, as part of the Flux Studios collective in Camberwell. “Creating a product that is born and bred in the UK is a show of quality to the rest of the world. We possess a talented jewellery industry that needs to be supported in order to flourish and expand.” She’s doing both, and is now sold as far afield as Hong Kong and New York.

As for the delights of Camberwell itself (probably best known to the rest of the UK as the location for TV’s 24 Hours in A&E), she does her best to enjoy it. “I love a little drink and relax with friends and to explore the glitz and grime of London. Finding a balance of work and fun is something I need to master though, as recently it’s just been work, but I’m still smiling.” And, no doubt, thinking about her next designs.

Beck Dockree was selected as a NexGem in the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2013 in association with The Company of Master Jewellers. To read the digital edition of the book online, click here.
 

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