Grant Gibson selects for Dazzle Invites

Our second guest selects is host and founder of Material Matters podcast, Grant Gibson. In September this year, the show was transformed into a new fair that ran at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf during the London Design Festival. It will return in 2023. As well as running his successful podcast Grant’s work has been published in The ObserverNew StatesmanThe GuardianDaily TelegraphFRAMEDwellHouse & Garden and quite a few others. You can find out more about Grant’s projects here >

We asked Grant to share his top four picks from the Dazzle Invites collection…

(Portrait by Gareth Gardner)

Travelling Circles Earrings

I was fascinated by Eve’s use of technology and hand making – the hand-dyeing of the 3D printed nylon. And then, frankly, I just liked the colours. The finished object is joyous.

Travelling Circles Earrings – £65 >

Eve Balashova Travelling sunset earrings - Dazzle Invites

Katherine James Lace Armour Half Mask - Dazzle Invites

Lace Armour Half Mask

This is beautiful but ever-so-slightly dark, subversive even. Katherine’s work plays with our notions of gender – the chain mail is masculine, the lace feminine – and creates something really intriguing. It also has something to say about our reliance on masks during the pandemic. This is a piece for our times.

Lace Armour Half Mask – £1,450 > 

Wild Brooch V by Ella Fearon-Low

To my mind this selection is about the range rather than a single piece. The Wild Collection is inspired by deep-sea creatures. Ella’s work uses a variety of materials – though this in largely in oxidised silver – and contrives to be thoughtful and playful at once.

Wild Brooch V – £450 >

Jane Adam Fluted Spiral Bangle - Dazzle Invites

Fluted Spiral Bangle by Jane Adam

This is just a really powerful piece. It oozes a sense of strength. I also like the fact that it’s made from aluminium, a material that can be recycled almost endlessly. (Not that you’d want to recycle this of course.)

Fluted Spiral Bangle – £200 >

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 2022 – 8 January 2023.

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