The Travelling Silversmith

 

London Jewellery Week
London Jewellery Week

This is going to be a short week’s work for me because I’m London bound on Thursday. I’m going over for a friends wedding but I’m managing to mix business with pleasure as I’m going to spend Friday in Hatton Garden buying metal and tools. Hatton Garden is the main jewellery area of London and is packed full of places selling everything from diamonds to tools.

I’ve a list of things I’ve been promising myself for a while now, new hammers and stakes and a much needed sandbag. Hopefully I should come back with all of these and not exceed my baggage allowance! The other great thing about going to London this week is that it’s the start of London Jewellery Week and they have loads of great exhibitions and events organised. Most things are starting on the Monday I come home, but hopefully I might get a sneak peak of what’s on.

Mindful of Silver Exhibition
Mindful of Silver Exhibition

There’s also a brilliant silver exhibition on in Goldsmiths Hall called Mindful of Silver. The exhibition features twelve silversmiths each displaying a silver vessel. The really interesting thing about this exhibition is that the artists were asked to also exhibit objects that fuelled the creative process. Apparently there’s everything from torn envelopes to bleach bottles.

The participants were asked to make a vessel but they had to keep any objects, sketches and photos that contributed to the development of the work. It has gathered together a great line up for the exhibition with artists such as Theresa Nguyen and David Clarke. I’ve loved Clarke’s work since I was in college so I can’t wait to see some of it in the ‘flesh’. I don’t know which artist’s piece was inspired by the bleach bottle but I plan to find out this weekend. ¬†And of course I’ll write all about it next week…

 

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