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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.