Sarah James selects for Dazzle Invites 21/22

As part of Dazzle Invites we called upon industry experts to select their favourite pieces from the exhibition. Each week we will feature a new guests selection.

Our final guest selects before Dazzle Invites ends this Sunday 9 January is Sarah James, Director of Craft Festival and Find a Maker. Sarah has been organising highly selective craft events around the country since 2003. The next events for 2022 are Cheltenham in March and Bovey Tracey in June.

As a fellow supporter of craft, we asked Sarah to cast her knowledgable eye over Dazzle Invites and pick her top four. 

Emily Kidson - Grass Green Laminate chain - Dazzle Invites

Grass Green Laminate Chain by Emily Kidson

I love strong colour and graphic shapes and I love Emily’s clean aesthetic. I also really like the way that Emily juxtaposes a variety of precious and non-precious materials together. The result is stunning.

Green Laminate Chain – £225

White Roof Brooch by Mariko Sumioka

I am often drawn to the narratives behind a piece of work. And I also particularly like to see the different applications of enamel. Mariko brooch is very evocative with mossy roof tiles beautifully assembled, it’s an enigmatic statement piece.

White Roof Brooch – £800

Mariko Sumioka White Roof Brooch - Dazzle Invites

Rachel Larkins Peep Necklace - Dazzle Invites

Peep Necklace by Rachel Larkins

I remember the first time I saw Rachel’s work, I was immediately hooked. It is dark but also playful and instantly ask questions about the characters and stories that she suggests. I am very proud that she is a member of Find a Maker.

Peep Necklace £280

Framed Necklace by Daphne Krinos

I’ve learned, as I’ve written about my 4 favourites, that strong shapes and stories are important to me. Daphne’s architecturally inspired pieces are beautifully constructed with an incredibly strong sense of a maker who is constantly moving their practise forward. She is one of the UK’s most important makers and I am honoured that she is also a member of Find a Maker.

Framed Necklace – £3,000

Daphne Krinos Framed Necklace - Dazzle Invites

Dazzle invites 30 contemporary jewellers, showing unique, one-off or limited edition designs, created specially for the exhibition. All pieces are available to purchase from 16 November 2021 – 9 January 2022.

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