REVIEW: Treasure, 12-14 June 2009
written by Catherine Marche
“The aim of the show is to evolve the debate about where the boundaries lie between jewellery, sculpture, craft and design,” say Della and Gideon Cleary who selected over 70 of the best designer makers working in Britain today to exhibit at Treasure
The show was very professional, vibrant and well attended. Visitors were able to discover, buy and commission from an exclusive selection of the most innovative and visionary work available in jewellery today. The private view saw many well known figures of the trade like Janet Fitch, Aldyth Crowther and Nathalie Kabiri .
Treasure also celebrated the launch of JeDeCo (http://www.jedeco.co.uk) : Jewellery Designer’s Collective of more than 16 fabulous jewellers. It also presented Design Space, an exciting group of new designers from Birmingham’s jewellery quarter and featured an arts exhibition by the East End Arts Club who responded to the brief of “Hidden Gems… What’s yours?”
Noticed at the show:
•The silver sculptural jewellery by Ute Decker
who had mesmerising chains
•Linnie McLarty’s brooches featuring a new , unique and ingenious fixing system which does not pierce or damage the fabric
•The Extravagance Series of engagement & wedding rings with side-set diamonds by Dennis Lavery were enchanting
• Wonderful patterned etched silver cuffs by Catherine Marche which are reminiscent of tapestry textiles
•Beautiful work by Clare Pardoe (of Phioro), inspired by the female form…
Tusheeta David, of Design Space, won the 2009 Treasure Designer of the Year Award, in association with boutique hotel the Mykonos Theoxenia, which recognises designers for excellence in visionary design and the use of the latest technology in creating their pieces.
The Sonama-Cutrer Design Award for 2009 was given to Ring Leader Urban Jewellery
This cutting-edge show finished with the draw of the Treasure Pot Competition by Johnny Rocket, which had 21 winners.
I would love to talk about each talented designer at length and invite you to see more of their work at http://www.treasureuk.com
by Catherine Marche
photographs credited to the indivudual artists unless otherwise stated