Manifest – Meet the Designer – Petra Bishai

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 Petra’s work:

Petra Bishai

Manifest Lookbook


Member News – Petra Bishai – London Craft Week – Cockpit’s Jewellers Talk


As a part of London Craft Week event, our member, Petra, is going to have a talk this weekend at Cockpit Arts Deptford, details as follows:

Cockpit’s Jewellers Talk

18:00 – 19:30
06 May 2016

Booking: Necessary

15 places, £15 + vat

Cockpit Arts Deptford

18-22 Creekside



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Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople, housing up to 170 small businesses at their two centres in central and south London. They support craft practitioners at the start of their careers, as well as those who are more established, to grow and build successful and thriving businesses both in the UK and internationally. They work with a wide range of talented individuals, including master craftspeople, artist-makers, batch producers and more scalable businesses.


Schmuck 2016

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Our member, Petra, is having a group show coming in Munich.

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By Royal Appointment

Dialogue Collective requests the pleasure of your company in the unveiling of our latest exhibition of jewellery for the Queen. You are cordially invited to step into the royal wardrobe and pay homage to the Queen’s favourite jewellery in Her Majesty’s boudoir. Select a crown of your choice and get dressed to impress!

London based Dialogue Collective presents a very royal installation showcasing jewellery inspired by the Tower of London’s Crown Jewels.

Dates :Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 February 2016

PV : Thursday 25 17.00 – 20.00

Opening times :Friday – Sunday 12.00 – 19.00

Address: 62 Schleißheimer Straße 80333 München

Hosted by 84Ghz

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Petra Bishai

Isabelle Busnel

Velvet Hart

Victoria King

Maarit Liukkonen

Darja Nikitina

Natsuki Sawai

Rachel Terry

Maud Traon

Sorcha Wharf

Anet Wrobel

For more information, please visit Petra’s website: Petra Bisha


Mirka Janeckova

DJG member Petra Bishai interviews new designer Mirka Janeckova, who is exhibiting with us now at the Barbican Centre.

PB: Your work has an organic, freeform and sea-like quality. Where does your inspiration come from?

MJ: I wanted to create a unique style of work and I spent a lot of time considering how to achieve this. I decided rather than looking at objects that already existed to look at internal sources of inspiration.

I was drawn to Surrealism and their methodology. In particular they used techniques such as automatic drawing and collage to inspire their work. Through my research I created my own version of automatic drawing. 

PB: What is automatic drawing and how do yourself prepare for it?

MJ: I cut myself off from outside influences and draw what comes into my head. It’s like a stream of consciousness and actually quite a natural state for me.

Sometimes I have some random sketches or a photograph that I use as my starting point. I see shapes in my mind and translate them into drawings. For my materials I use dark papers with white watercolours and pencils. I know that my thoughts are not completely cut off from outside ideas but what I’m trying to do is to avoid any direct influences.

PB: When does your conscious mind come into your creative process?

MJ: When I move into my design process and look at technical issues. For instance the decision to use porcelain and silver was a deliberate one.

PB: How have your drawings changed since you started automatic drawing in 2013?

MJ: They have always been organic. People, just as you have done, often comment on the drawings being marine-like but for me the drawings are not related to this although all life comes from the sea.

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Automatic drawing

PB: Coming from a land locked country, The Czech Republic, do you think you have an internal longing for the sea?

MJ: Yes for me there was always a magical notion of the sea and it was a symbol of freedom. I didn’t experience the sea until I was twenty. Maybe that’s why I have chosen to live on an island for the past eight years!

Mirka Janeckova jewellery
Mirka Janeckova collection in porcelain and silver

In order to explain her process Mirka brought along the tools of her trade and invited Catherine Hendy and me to try out automatic drawing. Both of us felt quite nervous about the experience and wondered what our drawings may reveal. We both chose to use sheets upon which Mirka had already placed some random marks. It took a while to get into the process but we did enjoy trying it out and in the end I didn’t want to stop, it was almost addictive. Here are the results of our first trial.

I love Mirka’s forms and her use of materials. In the future she plans to work with opaqueness and use light with the porcelain, which I am really looking forward to seeing. 

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Mirka Janeckova brooches. Photo: Pavel Dousek
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Mirka Janeckova rings. Photo: Pavel Dousek