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Jewellery inspiration – the Shape of things

Recent visits to the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin and the Mies Van der Rohe and James Stirling exhibition ‘Circling the Square’ at the RIBA in London have inspired Lil to consider the design power of basic geometric shapes.

Shapes can be fascinating and inspiring and their simple, dynamic qualities can be enough to inspire a lifetime of jewellery making. A triangle is nature’s strongest shape and is often utilised in construction and engineering. The artist Giotto was considered a genius for his perfect drawing of a freehand circle, so it’s potentially worth practising in your spare time to fast track your Mensa application. Squares have much to recommend them too; they are regular, reliable, foldable and mathematically very handy.

Kandinsky, who began teaching at the Bauhaus experimental art school in 1922, believed in a system where certain shapes attributed themselves to particular colours. He felt that yellow belonged as a triangle, squares should be red and circles blue. He also had some interesting feelings about green. Sadly he felt this colour was self-satisfied, like a fat cow, but with hidden strength. I love green, but also cows, so maybe he was onto something.

The current exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects, documents the debates of one site in the City of London.  Here we can see two architects, designing years apart and in different styles, result in one building after decades of controversy. Architectural drawings and meticulously conserved and reconstructed models illustrate the project’s processes with accompanying videos and paraphernalia to contextualise the building that never was and the one that might never have been. Both schemes have a lot to recommend them in terms of ‘shapespiration’ (inspiration from shapes, hoping this will catch on), from Mies’s famous quote ‘Less is more’ to the handling of Stirling’s building that now stands at No.1 Poultry, with its interplay of shape and colour. If Stirling’s sketches don’t leave you inspired and the beautiful 1930’s building of the RIBA headquarters doesn’t hit the spot, hopefully some of my favourite shapely jewellery finds below will.

Thinking just about within the box with this circle band trapped in a cube ring by Etsuko Sonobe.

 Kioko Hashimoto allows this circular cabochon to brazenly defy its true (Kandinsky designated) colour.

 

Rhona McCallum shows us how to circle with squares with this angular silver marvel.

Not so square-jeweller Amy Glenn utilises these two handy shapes in her edgy ring designs.

If you are looking for a great way to fast track shaping your ideas into a wearable beauties like these check out our Diploma Courses in Creative Jewellery Making.

Boxing clever or circling the drain? Let us know how your projects are going in the comments below. Are you inspired by geometric shapes? How do they relate to your designs?

Lil Adams is the London Jewellery School Sundays Studio Manager. Lil studied Fine Art in Leeds and lived in Melbourne before travelling about and settling in London. She now works at the British Architectural Library and enjoys making jewellery with found and natural objects and is shamelessly addicted to casting.

 

 

 

 

London Jewellers’ Meetup: Hear from award winning designer Shaun Leane

If you are working in the jewellery sector whether for someone else or running your own business then there is a new date for your diary.

This month sees the launch of a new monthly networking event aimed at bringing together members of the jewellery community including early-stage jewellery business owners, designers of established brands, and businesses, groups or individuals involved in the industry in some way.

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Shaun Leane receiving a recent award

The first event takes place on the 14th May at the Christopher Hatton Pub on Leather Lane, where award winning jewellery designer Shaun Leane will be speaking around the theme of ‘Workshop to Worldwide’ – something that many growing jewellery businesses can relate and aspire to. There will be the opportunity to meet Shaun as well as many other jewellery designers, businessmen and women so this is an event not to be missed.

The group, named London Jewellery Meetup was formed out of the realisation that there are too many start-up businesses and brands that don’t have anywhere to go for advice and support. Through networking and sharing with other members, this support can be provided, and can hopefully lead to the development and growth of these businesses now and in the future.

The London Jewellery Meetup has been put together initially by collaboration between Joshua Kovacs of IBB and Jessica Rose, founder of the London Jewellery School with an aim to creating a long-term self-sufficient event that can be accessed and utilised by everyone involved in the jewellery industry.

‘It is often easy to forget that there is a whole community of jewellers out there that have done or are doing similar businesses to you, by offering a neutral platform to meet, learn from and engage with others we hope to help build a more collaborative industry with a sustainable future that we can all benefit from’  says
Jessica Rose.

Guest speaker Shaun Leane, recent winner of the Harper’s Bazaar Jewelry China international designer of the year award, when speaking of the Meetup said:  ‘I was excited to hear about the London Jewellery Meetup and am honoured to be a part of it. With the right support and encouragement, there is great potential for even more of our talented British jewellers to succeed at home and abroad.’

For full information on the event including signing up for future events, visit the meet up page http://www.meetup.com/Jewellery-Meetup/

Sunita’s amazing fundraising ride

If you are an LJS student it’s likely you will have met or spoken to our general manager Sunita – the cheerful and helpful person who keeps the school organised on a day-to-day basis.

And, recently, when not doing that you are most likely to find her on her bike training for the London to Paris Bike Ride next week.

She has taken on the challenge to raise money for Lupus UK which supports Lupus sufferers and funds research into this serious condition.

Sunita was diagnosed with Lupus in 2007 and has been in remission ever since. And she certainly doesn’t let much slow her down.

She has already raised £12,245 for Lupus UK in sponsorship for the ride but there is still time to donate at Sunita’s Justgiving page.

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We all wish her lots of luck on the ride.