Our next Guest Selects is contemporary jeweller and educator Anna Gordon. Anna is head of the BA jewellery course at Glasgow School of Art. She is also a very established jeweller herself, using predominantly precious materials, including oxidised silver, 18ct gold and platinum to create her beautiful pieces, you may have seen her work at previous Dazzle exhibitions. With over 25 years of experience in the jewellery world we asked Anna to select her favourites from the Dazzle Invites collection.
Ova Pendant Multi by Lina Peterson
I love the spontaneous and playful use of colour in Lina’s work. This piece is joyful and the 3 dimensional aspect of this pendant is tactile and pleasing. The materials and weight of the piece also make it really wearable. Would brighten up your day!
Small Pairings Brooch no.2 by Jessica Turrell
I love brooches so was immediately drawn to Jessica’s pairing brooch series. This piece caught my eye as I love the drawn quality of it and the retrained use of colour and mark making. The subtle layering of the enamelled pieces and the contrast between the textured monochrome and the matt red section are particularly pleasing The scale of the piece is also really easy to wear.
18ct Gold Studs by Stephanie Johnson
I really love the surface quality of these earrings and the painterly use of the different alloys and colours of gold. It is refreshing to see gold being used such an experimental way and there is real evidence of thinking though making and discovering new possibilities through material investigation.
Four Leaf Clover Brooch II by Wanshu Li
This brooch makes me smile. It is bold and unapologetic. I love the confident use of colour and the intricate assembly of the glass beads. The brooch glows in UV light and although my nightclubbing days are well behind me, I love that the piece has the ability to morph and change from day to night, a real conversation starter.
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.