10 up-and-coming jewellers to wow at September’s trade show.
International Jewellery London has announced its KickStart designers for 2012, with an all-female line-up set to showcase their work at the September trade show.
This is year’s 10 KickStarters were chosen by the IJL’s Advisory Board and Diamond Club members on June 13 at an event at the Goldsmiths’ Centre.
The final 10 will showcase their work at the KickStart stand at IJL, which takes place between September 2 to 5.
The initiative is said to be “an excellent way for retailers and buyers to find out about outstanding new designers as they launch”.
While IJL runs the programme it is supported by the British Jewellers’ Association (BJA).
This year’s designers have been named as: Imogen Belfield, Mandana Oskoui, Flavie Michou, Clarice Price-Thomas, Lestie Lee, Myia Bonner, Ros Millar, Quarter Angel, Anna Loucah and De Anna Kiernan.
IJL event director Sam Willoughby said: “KickStart provides a fantastic commercial launch pad for ten of the best new designers in the UK jewellery industry.
“Their jewellery is of an extremely high standard in terms of both quality and originality. The Design Gallery at IJL provides a unique and intimate setting for the industry to meet the designers and see their stunning work on the KickStart stand.”
More about this year’s KickStarters
Belfield creates fine jewellery in gold, silver, porcelain and gemstones using carving techniques and textured metals that mimic rock forms and coastal landscapes. She was first discovered when she was selected by a panel of leading jewellery editors for the Bright Young Gems in 2011. She said of KickStarters: “I am looking forward to embracing the opportunity to present my brand to a wider market audience, in the UK and internationally.”
Graduating from Kensington and Chelsea College with a first class triple grade distinction and award for outstanding work, Mandana’s creations are inspired by the diverse formations, sequences and architectures found in minerals and rocks. She said: “KickStart is an integral part of IJL, one that highlights new, up and coming jewellery talent. To be one of only a few selected for this prestigious show is a real honour,”
Clarice Price Thomas
One of Professional Jeweller’s Treasure competition winners this year, Price Thomas’s work combines her interests in machinery, movements, mechanisms and antiques, with an elegant design philosophy. Her debut collection, Time, has been heavily inspired by the unseen inside clocks and watches. Her innovative style is sure to be key to her success.
Michou began developing her skills in jewellery as a teenager and designed at workshops making pieces for brands like Tiffany, Channel and Cartier to name a few. She has now left Paris to come to London to work as a designer. She said: “I am confident in the jewellery that I produce, keen to get my new collections noticed and have always been passionate about making jewellery that is both contemporary and unique. That’s why I love the support of industry professionals to boost my brand awareness and believe KickStart is the best way to achieve this.”
Lestie specialises in sterling silver, gold vermeil with semi precious and precious stones and all her pieces are hand-made in London. Her designs mimic the shape and cuts of gemstones, transforming them into openwork metal pieces with smaller diamonds set inside. She recently exhibited at Treasure during Jewellery Week.
Myia Bonner graduated from the University of Middlesex and has since won EC One’s Unsigned competition, where she developed her collections with the retailer, as well as the recent Glittering Greenwich prize, running a pop up shop for a month in the town. Her work also takes inspirations from the structure of diamonds. She said: “I’m delighted to be exhibiting at IJL with KickStart, it is such an invaluable and sought-after platform for new designers such as myself. I’m looking forward to gaining lots of guidance and support from the BJA and IJL.”
Prior to establishing Quarter Angel, Jessica Neil worked in some of London’s best open spaces, and the outdoors influences all her collections – Skyline for example is inspired by the magnificent views of London seen from Hampstead Heath. Her work is made in silver that is photoetched, with oxidised details creating a striking contrast with the matt silver. She also works in Perspex and uses mixed materials such as stones and feathers to add texture.
Ros designs and makes her own pieces, for example her organically inspired gold and silver cuttlebone cast jewellery. Her work has been described as glamorously gothic twist [with] a luxe edge.
Millar will use her appearance at IJL to launch a new collection called Meteor, featuring rose and white gold plated designs and champagne diamonds. She said: “I am looking forward to showing my collections at my first trade event and launching my new Meteor Collection.”
De Anna Kiernan
Kiernan was born in Bermuda and trained as a Goldsmith from the age of seventeen prior to studying architecture at Central Saint Martins. Influenced by the clean lines of modernist architecture and the elegance the female form has to offer, her jewellery embodies a minimalist aesthetic with a focus on subtly framing the body. The signature free form lines and undulating surfaces creates a bold look, drawing on the natural contours of the body, including a broad range of statement pieces.
Annaloucah Fine Jewellery
London based designer goldsmith Annaloucah creates luxurious fine jewellery, working with Fairtrade and recycled precious materials. She has participated in numerous high profile brand collaborations, and is now making her collections available to the trade for the first time, as she takes her brand in an exciting new direction.
Annaloucah said of KickStarters: “Being selected for the KickStart programme provides a supported and guided way of participating in IJL for the first time. It’s great to know that such a strong network of experience is available to help me make the most of my IJL debut”.