Dazzle is back!
This Friday 5th August Dazzle, the annual contemporary jewellery exhibition, returns to Edinburgh's Dovecot Studios and my work will take it's place alongside many brilliant makers, as it has for over 10 years now.
I love Dazzle
It's been a part of my life both as an exhibiting jeweller and when I worked as an assistant at the shows, first in Glasgow, then when I was a student at the Royal College of Art in London and finally up here in Edinburgh during the Edinburgh Festival each year.
Something to suit everyone's tastes and budget; prices start from around £20
Dazzle are committed to showing high quality hand crafted contemporary jewellery from the modest to the utterly luxurious, which makes it a great place to buy no matter what your budget, and Dazzle has a hugely loyal following.
Everything is hand made by jewellers in the UK
They feature a range of makers, and are one of the few places you can see work by recently graduated alongside well known international artists – I've had the honour to be featured alongside amazing jewellers in these great exhibitions.
If you're looking for an introduction to contemporary jewellery, you can't go wrong with Dazzle. It's got something for everyone – unusual, interesting, classic, beautifully made, wacky – and everything is hand made by jewellers in the UK.
I make special pieces for Dazzle
And I show these pieces alongside my regular range. I don't do many exhibitions or craft shows these days, or even sell in many galleries, so Dazzle is a special occasion in the year.
Who to look out for at Dazzle?
This year I wanted to highlight the work of three jewellers who have, or had, studios at Coburg House in Leith, where I've been based until very recently too.
Donna is one of my best friends, but I love her work for the fact that it is delicate and easy to wear but stunning and unusual. She has created her own special technique for fusing silver which gives her piece a really unique quality and I highly recommend seeking her work out.
I think Grace is just brill, and that spills over into her work. I love her use of interesting materials – the wood, pebbles, beautiful enamel, colours – all of them come together to create such a stunning effect.
Misun creates jewellery I just love. It's easy to wear but is unusual, geometric and structural with little flashed of gold or coloured threads. I'd been wanting a piece of Misun's for ages and then the girls at the studio bought me a pair of her earrings for my birthday, which made me so happy!
I hope you can get along to see the show.
5 – 29 August 2016
(Opening private view 4 August)
Open seven days a week 10am to 6pm.
Dovecot Studios is on Infirmary Street, Edinburgh.
For those of you based down south, Dazzle London opens at Oxo Tower on 13 November 2016.
And if you can't make it along to either of these exhibitions then Dazzle has a selling website www.lovedazzle.com, where there's a fab selection of Dazzle jewels to buy online.