Inspired by Architecture

Breakfast Talks

Saturday 1 October 2022


Tickets: £10

Goldsmiths’ Fair exhibitor Vicki Ambery-Smith talks with Olivia Horsfall Turner, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the V&A, about inspiration, design process, making, and their shared obsession with architecture. Buildings are vessels of meaning which are often shaped by personal priorities and agendas. In turn, they create places that have intensely personal associations for those who live and work in them. Vicki has dedicated herself to creating jewellery and silverware that expresses the individual significance of buildings to her clients. The conversation will explore Vicki’s extensive experience of designing and creating throughout her long career, themes that she has recently had the opportunity to reflect on while writing her book Jewellery & Silverware – Inspired by Architecture (Unicorn Publishing, 2022).

Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner is a historian, curator and writer. Her passion is architecture and she has written, broadcast and curated exhibitions about buildings from the medieval to the modern. As Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum, she is responsible for the V&A’s collection of design drawings and models, which documents the creative process in art, architecture and design from the fourteenth century to the present day, including jewellery design.

Vicki Ambery-Smith’s distinctive style of silversmithing reflects her passion for architecture. Using techniques of manipulation and trompe d’oelle. Each piece an interpretation of a particular building. She specialists in celebratory and commemorative pieces which capture the client’s connection for a building of significance.
Over many years Vicki has exhibited widely in many prestigious galleries and museums. Her work has been selected for public and private collections around the world including The V&A, Royal Scottish Museum, Crafts Council, Norwich Castle Museum, Birmingham City Art Gallery, Los Angeles Museum for Contemporary Art and Houston University, Texas.

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