Member News – John Weiss – Exhibition at Mall Galleries

Our member, John Weiss is showing new work at the Mall Galleries in London.

Designer Crafts on The MAll

12 August – 21 August

Daily 10-5pm

MALL GALLERIES, THE MALL, LONDON SW1


Here is the message from John:

“I am writing to let you know that I am showing new work in this month’s exhibition of the Society of Designer Craftsmen at the Mall Galleries. The show is open from 10 to 8 each day until Sunday 21 August when it closes finally at 1pm. In the main gallery I have a collection of work in silver made during the past year, including two necklaces and two decorative spoons completed this month, while in the Shop Within the Show, where items are available for immediate purchase, I am showing a selection of silver rings, some with coral, jade or turquoise.

Details of the show and how to get there can be found at http://tinyurl.com/jbfmv8y

I shall be present at the gallery on Saturday 12, Sunday 13 and Saturday 19 August from around 2.30pm to 5.30pm and on Thursday 18 August from 3:30pm. I look forward to the possibility of seeing you there – do let me know if you can make it. And if you are overseas, I hope we can meet again soon.”


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Our Winter Show at the Barbican…

Our Winter show starts this weekend at The Barbican Centre..

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27 plus group members showing innovative and exciting new work! Plus we have 6 New Designer exhibitors that we have chosen specially for our show… looks like we will have some terrific exhibits to add to our existing range of beautiful and original works of wearable art.

Our show runs from 8th November to 23’rd December, situated in the Main Foyer as always…

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Maker of the Month: Sarah Macrae

Returning to our series of ‘Maker of the Month’ posts, here we feature Sarah Macrae, who is currently Chair of the Designer Jewellers Group. The post is written by fellow DJG member Ulli Kaiser.

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Sarah studied Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics (WMCP) at Brighton Polytechnic. She grew up with precious metals, with a respected jeweller parent – and although she knew she wanted to make things, she went to college not intending to become a jeweller herself. But the scale she found herself working took the decision more or less out of her hands.

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Sarah has a particular and strong interest in creating jewellery in which the function of the piece is integral to the design. Her penannulars, a universal ancient form of brooch that occurs in many different cultures, demonstrate this beautifully. The long pin is very much an essential part of the composition.

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One of her penannular brooches was presented to Princess Anne. It was reversible, made in silver and the ancient technique of Keum Bo, with one side oxidised whereas most others are in acrylic and silver.

Sarah’s inspiration to work in polypropylene, started with a commission for a pink necklace.

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Her recent work has been inspired by a visit to Sal isle, Cape Verde, when she revived a half dead Portuguese Man O’ War by putting it into a rock pool. She watched it re-inflate itself and reveal its bright pink edges.

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Polypropylene is a thermoplastic material with a large variety of uses and attributes. Along with lightness and strength, it can also be dyed which makes it the perfect material for Sarah to transfer her ideas into something tangible and tactile. She can create jewellery and larger scale work like this wall hanging made for the Making it Project.

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Sarah has always loved colour and during her career has made work using enamels, coloured woods, stone and acrylic and working in polypropylene did not restrict her use of colour. The inspirations she finds in looking at sea creatures and plants, anemones and jellyfish, but most of all, in the luminosity of colour under water, turn into light, fun to wear jewellery.Sarah Macrae anenomepiece

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah’s work will be available at the Pool House Gallery in the Quenington Sculpture Trust, from 14 June 2015 – 5 July 2015, at the Barbican during regular Designer Jewellers Group exhibitions, and privately to commission.