Manifest – Meet the Designer – Catherine Hendy

Manifest is a touring exhibition of jewellery by the Designer Jewellers Group to celebrate its fortieth anniversary. The Manifest exhibition showcases the work of 20 jewellers from around the world in a unique display, which is open to the public at Barbican Art Centre, London.

Designer Jewellers Group

29 May 2016 – 30 June 2016

Foyer, Level G, Barbican Art Centre

Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS, United Kingdom

Ticket: Admission free

Times: Daily 12 noon – 8pm

Here is Catherine’s work:

Catherine Hendy

Manifest Lookbook



The Mountain That Eats Men

DJG member Catherine Hendy spent six weeks travelling across South America. In her blog she writes about touring a silver mine in Cerro Rico, Bolivia. The mountain is known locally as the ‘ mountain that eats men’. Here we reproduce an excerpt which we’re sure will tempt you to read more!

Towards the beginning of April I spent 6 weeks travelling across South America visiting Peru, Bolivia and Chile. I saw some incredible historic sites, such as Macchu Picchu and the Moai heads on Easter Island. Whilst on my travels I found some new inspirations and have gotten the ball rolling with design new work since I have returned. But there is one part of the trip that struck a chord very firmly with me. In Bolivia, my friend and I took a detour from our planned route through the country to visit the city of Potosi. Founded in 1545, the vast amounts of silver mined at Cerro Rico (meaning rich mountain) made it one of the wealthiest cities in the world and it was known as the jewel in the crown of the Spanish empire. However, once the silver resources were depleted it led to an economic decline. These mines are still in used today.

Catherine Hendy and Pedro at Cerro Rico

We decided to take a tour with the Big Deal Tours company. This is the only tour company that is run solely by current and ex-miners, with all the profits going to the miners themselves. The first thing was to change into our protective clothing, including hard hats and rubber boots. Before going into the mine our group stopped of at the Miner’s Market to buy gifts for the miners such as coca leaves, soda and colouring books for their children. Also available to buy was dynamite, anyone (and I mean anyone!) can buy dynamite in Bolivia for as little as 13Bs (£1.20) per stick. We then continued on to the refinery plant where the minerals (silver, tin, lead and zinc) from the mine are extracted and purified. Please click here to read the rest of Catherine’s blog post on her blog.

New Designers 2014

Once again a small band of intrepid DJG jewellers have ventured forth into the fantastic New Designers show to select six of the very best new makers. As usual we surveyed the wondrous display of jewellery singly and incognito, gathering postcards from those whose talent shone most strongly as we went. Meeting up to compare our collections of cards and play a very democratic game of ‘snap’, led to us choosing a fantastic spread of jewellery made from a great range of different materials: rubber, textiles, porcelain, enamel, wood, and precious metals.

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Accompanied by two staff from the Barbican we returned to the floor to issue invites: always a lovely thing to do as the chosen exhibitors are always so delighted! So, now that all the questions have been asked and answered, and the acceptance forms returned, I can reveal to you just who our chosen six are. Many congratulations to:

Sheila Roussel, who works with silver, silk, cotton, perspex and pearls, to create contemporary jewellery with a vintage vibe;

Jelka Quintelier, who works with rubber, laser cutting it into fantastic, dramatic pieces;

Harriet Rose Knight, whose intricately cut layers of birch wood are riveted with silver and gold;

Esme Parsons, with colourful and lively enamelled jewellery;

Mireia Rossell, who makes the most incredible flexible rings, bangles and pendants in silver and gold; and

Mirka Janeckova, whose beautiful and etherial jewellery is made from porcelain and silver.

Anyway, more about them, their inspiration and the techniques they use in due course. Right now we wish our rising stars a happy summer and autumn of building up their collections, and we look forward to showing – and selling – this wonderful new work to our Barbican customers in November and December.

This blog post was written by Christine Kaltoft, who co-ordinates our work with New Designers.

Many thanks to Catherine Hendy for photos of the New Designers and their jewellery!

Catherine Hendy

Continuing our series of posts on our six new designers for 2012: Catherine Hendy, by DJG member Petra Bishai.
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I love the subtlety of Catherine’s Hendy’s work.  Her line and form rings are simple yet playful, combining and contrasting precious metals in a clever way.  I can imagine wearing a few of them together and delighting in their both their collectiveness as well as their differences.
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When I spotted Catherine’s work at One Year On I was drawn to both her work and understated display.  Catherine’s interest in contemporary architecture and repetition clearly comes through creating pieces such as her stylish and gyroscopic-like bracelets.
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Her pieces are beautifully made and she seems to delight in making jewellery that is precise and finished to a high standard.  And then there’s the hidden element to her jewellery… only when I picked up Catherine’s arched brooch did I realise the kinetic and tactile quality of the work.

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Catherine has already picked up 2 awards for her work from the Goldsmiths’ Company and the British Jewellers’ Association and her work at The Barbican is drawing attention and sales.
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Catherine’s work will be on show and for sale in the Barbican, London, until 1st January 2013.