New things are emerging for Elsiem Jewellery!
2020!! Well….strange to say the least!! For me, it started with such a positive drive, with new opportunities presenting themselves and a clear path in my mind of the next stage for Elsiem Jewellery. Just as I was putting things into motion….The brakes were slammed on by Covid-19 . At first the change hit me hard and in a bit of a negative way to be honest, my creativity disappeared and my motivation diminished. But once my mind had chance to adjust to the new situation we found ourselves in, my creative juices came flowing back and took my ideas into a slightly different dimension. My designs are very inspired and influenced by my passion of modern architecture and simple geometric forms, which were prevalent in my former Interior Design career as well, but I have always loved African Art and sculpture but for some reason never shone through to my personal work much. I’ve been experimenting with some new concept designs with a plan to create a new small collection of showcase/statement pieces to use for marketing and hopefully exhibiting in the art jewellery world. Without intention, these new designs resulted with a tribal vibe, obviously subconsciously inspired by my love of African Art and they have propelled me to make them a reality and use them to showcase my brand in a now more digital world than ever before!
So, here is a peak at those concepts….
Interested in my design and creative process?
If so, take a look at the video link below which gives you a brief insight of how my Vibe Long Triangle Necklace is made.
Midcentury Modern Show!
I’m busy designing and creating for my first show in a while, and its a larger event than I am used to, so I’m gearing up! I have been offered a stand at the bi-yearly Midcentury Modern Show held at Dulwich College, London on March 15th 2020 and I am very excited. The venue is very fitting for my work as its a Brutalist style building, which suits some of my new designs of late and I cant wait to show them to the audience at this event. If you’re in the area on that date and you love midcentury and modern design then its a must visit. If you can’t, don’t worry as I will be posting photos of my stand on Instagram for a peek at my designs and you can always purchase online!
3D printed designs at Kettles Yard Shop!
So, as from June 17th 2019 I’m thrilled that Kettles Yard Shop in Cambridge have taken stock of most of my new 3D printed and metal designs to replace the Emulate Collection. I feel this new innovative collection will be well received by Kettles Yard customers as it fits into the same category as their ever changing contemporary exhibitions.
New Stockist! Royal Exchange Theatre Shop, Manchester. April 2019
Thrilled to have a range of my Riva, Emulate and brand new 3D Printed Collections now stocked in The Royal Exchange Theatre Shop, Manchester. The display looks very striking and is selling fast!
Lovely feature in Velvet Magazine…March 2019
Exciting new line is immanent!
I’m so excited to be learning new skills and experimenting with new modern materials to combine with traditional. I’ve been learning how to design in an amazing software called Rhino which are then 3D printed in SLS Nylon. These prints are then dyed in a durable, skin safe fabric dye and
then hand finished with metal elements in my workshop.
The designs are still in development and some have been inspired by my love of the work of Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo.
Here are some example visuals of the work in progress.
Urban Makers UK – Online Marketplace
I was thrilled when I was invited to open an online shop with ‘Urban Makers’ brand new online marketplace this month (November 2018).
Urban Makers have regular markets and pop-ups in and around London and have now launched their online version, which allows makers that maybe can’t regularly attend the London venues but can still be part of the community….like me!
Member of ‘The Trove Cambridge’
In 2018 I became a member of ‘The Trove Cambridge’ Community!
The Trove, founder and curator Stephanie Freeman, offers local artists, designers and makers an alternative platform to showcase their work. They also help to uncover the local creative scene through their Community pages and #CambsCreativeTreasures hashtag. They have so many exciting things happening and lots to come in the pipeline which benefit their followers, members and local creatives….so pleased to be a part of it.
Be a part of the creative buzz at https://www.instagram.com/thetrove_cambridge/
You can see my members profile on The Trove Cambridge website – click on the logo to link.
Kettles Yard, Cambridge – New Emulate Collection
My Emulate Collection is a range of stylish, contemporary and very wearable pieces – all handcrafted using brass and sterling silver, using a stunning black and gold tone chain on the 2 long necklaces. The collection includes a length adjustable long necklace, a long chain choker, a neck choker, a clip on brooch, 4 pairs of earrings, 2 bangles and I’m currently working on the designs for further earring and bangle designs to incorporate. All designs are available to view and buy at Kettles Yard Gallery Shop in Cambridge until January 2019 and will and also on my website to buy soon!
My 2nd magazine feature!
The lovely Christina Maurice, feature writer for Cambridge Magazine, came across my collection in Kettles Yard and contacted me to ask if I was interested in her writing a feature about me and my jewellery brand! Of course I jumped at the opportunity and was delighted with the 4 page article in the October 2018 issue….and the Front page!!! Cambridge Magazine is included within the Cambridge News ans also distributed in several areas with Cambridgeshire through household doors and in several Waitrose and John Lewis stores.
NEW VENTURE IN THE MAKING!
Elsiem Jewellery took part in 2018 Pint of Science and Creative Reactions Festival in Cambridge. I was paired with George Malliaras of Cambridge University, who is a Professor of Bioelectronics and Brain Interface Devices and this was my creative reaction to his work and research. I challenged myself to learn a 3D Modelling software to create this small ‘Interface’ collection of a bangle, brooch and choker necklace, which was 3D printed in SLA Resin then hand finished with metallic spray paint and purpose cut silver inserts.
I’m hoping to develop a new contemporary and unique 3D printed range this year that will be available to purchase…..
……so watch this space if this might be your kinda thing!
I was approached by the respected UK Handmade earlier in the year to be interviewed for a feature in their Spring Online Magazine…..well it was a no brainer! I jumped at the opportunity.
I was bowled over that they asked, its my first multi page feature and what a magazine to add to my CV.
You can read my interview, along with some images to give you an insight into my jewellery brand and work place here Pg 48-74 http://ukhandmade.co.uk/magazine
Kettles Yard, Cambridge – Brand New Exclusive Collection
Just prior to the re-opening of the refurbished infamous Kettles Yard Gallery in Cambridge, I was asked by their Retail Manager if I was interested in supplying some of my brass designs for their brand new extensive gallery shop!! Yes, Yes , Yes …..I said out loud. What an honor!!
I took the opportunity to go one step further and design a brand new collection exclusively for the gallery. The collection comprises of 2 adjustable long chain necklaces, a choker, 3 pairs of earrings, and 3 bangles, made predominantly from brass with some pieces adorned with an accent of sterling silver. The collection has gone down a storm with the gallery’s customers and staff alike and have I have been continually re-stocking since it launched in February 2018.
The current collection will be stocked until mid August 2018 and the gallery have asked me to design a whole new collection for their Christmas stock….soo chuffed. I am currently creating and developing the new collection and I will of course show you the results in good time.