Manifest – Meet the Designer – Tom McDowell

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 Tom’s work:

Tom McDowell

Manifest Lookbook



DJG at Made London, The Design and Craft Fair- This coming week!


We are proud to say we are part of this fantastic show, held last year for the first time to great acclaim- a show who’s reputation grows, and promises to only get better. Made London showcases the very best and most original makers, exhibiting the highest quality in contemporary craft and design. It opens it’s doors again this coming week, from Thursday evening…

We will be showing together as a sub- group of twelve members in the beautiful venue that is the Sir John Soanes Church, downstairs in the very atmospheric Crypt.

Our group consists of: An Alleweireldt, Annie Ruthven-Taggart, Catherine Hills, Christina Hirst, Christine Kaltoft, Emma Farquaharson, Shelby Fitzpatrick, Harriet St Leger, Misun Won, Tom Mc Dowell, Ute Sanne, and Sarah Macrae.

Also showing independently of the group elsewhere in the building, are members, Jane Moore, Petra Bishai and Li-Chu Wu, and Associate member Henrietta Fernandez.

241 ticket offers are still available through the Made London website:


Ruth Laird

Our first proper post on this new blog is written by DJG member Tom McDowell, who’s been mentoring Ruth Laird, one of our new designers for 2012

I was immediately drawn to Ruth’s work at One Year On by her fantastic use of bold shapes and colours. Upon further inspection I was impressed with the quality of workmanship on her pieces. I found many of them moved in interesting ways, inviting the wearer to interact with them and arrange them to their liking.


Ruth’s inspiration comes primarily from Maths and Physics. She explores geometric shapes found from a variety of sources ranging from buildings and graffiti to Kandinsky paintings. She contrasts the structured order of lines with a rebellious use of spray paint and excitement of movement creating the juxtaposition between creativity and mathematical rules

Her recent exhibitions include the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester and Joya in Barcelona. Her work is currently showcased at the Barbican as one of our 6 new graduates who are exhibiting alongside the Designer Jewellers Group.