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The Brooch Unpinned: Commissioning the Contemporary

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Since it received its first charter in 1327, the Goldsmiths’ Company has supported excellence, craftsmanship, community and skill in the goldsmiths’ trade. The Company continues to commission as well as purchase pieces. Commissioning is very important to the Company, helping to nurture the talent and build the experience and confidence of emerging jewellers as well as celebrating the skills of established makers and documenting their careers.

Upcycling: Creative Re-Use in the making of Brooches

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Upcycling is an in-word to describe the creative re-use of unwanted materials so as to make something new. The idea is to add artistic value to something which might otherwise be overlooked or even discarded. In my work on brooches for the online exhibition for this year’s Goldsmiths’ Fair, I have come across some fascinating examples in the Collection which made me rethink my attitude to the work of leading makers from the 1960s to the present. It is another aspect of their inventiveness and responsiveness to materials which makes the study of brooches—and of contemporary jewellery generally—so fascinating.