The 2015 edition of London’s Goldsmiths’ Fair returns for its annual showcase at Goldsmiths’ Hall. This year sees 168 designer-makers exhibiting across the show’s two-week run, comprising both established names and the next generation of rising stars in fine jewellery and silversmithing. Serpentine Gallery Director Julia Peyton Jones has curated a directional show by selecting the standout accessory designs on offer, while a one-off exhibition celebrates the pioneering work of leading jeweller John Donald with 24 pieces spanning his illustrious career.
Trendstop attended Part One of the fair this week, analysing how inspirations of nature and nostalgia are brought firmly into the present in new season collections. Silvia Weidenbach’s Granny’s Chips collection references an iconic brooch belonging to Queen Mary, contrasting traditional fine gems with high-tech laser-printed nylon settings, as a contemporary take on the natural world is seen at Emmeline Hastings with rough-hewn Perspex creations inspired by organic forms and crystalline surfaces. Elsewhere, Ute Decker’s sculptural gold and silver pieces are the epitome of wearable architecture, complete with swirling geometric shapes shaped from ethical and fairly-traded metals.