Winning piece: Honey Bee Cluster Ring by Max Danger
Runners-up: Mirror Brooch/Pendant by Zoe Arnold and Ishihara #1 Brooch by Andrew Lamb
London-based Danish jeweller Max Danger has won the Goldsmiths’ Fair 2016 (Week One) Best New Design Award for his exquisite Honey Bee Cluster Ring, a striking piece that explores the formation of bees in hives. Announcing the prize, renowned design curator and consultant, Mary La Trobe-Bateman, drew attention to the charm, intricacy, and craftsmanship of Danger’s standout piece – a gold, black rhodium and natural yellow diamond piece of wearable art.
“I’m absolutely thrilled. There are so many great designers here and Goldsmiths’ Fair is an amazing experience without a shadow of a doubt. Winning the Best New Design Award is like the cherry on top,” commented Danger upon receiving his £1,000 prize and a bottle of champagne.
London-based jeweller Zoe Arnold was named runner up for her Mirror Brooch/Pendant, an evocative piece constructed with zinc, oxidised silver, 18ct gold and a shell. Scottish jeweller Andrew Lamb was runner up for the Ishihara #1 Brooch, made of 18ct yellow and white gold. They both received a bottle of champagne.
Max Danger (Stand 8) is a Graduate Bursary recipient at this year’s Goldsmiths’ Fair. He creates narrative jewellery, which incorporates a strong element of humour and/or reflects environmental concerns. His range of bee jewellery explores this endangered species.
Danger trained as a fine jeweller at Jacob Enghave Gold, a traditional goldsmith in Copenhagen. He moved to London four years ago and also has an MA in Fine Jewellery and Metalwork from the Royal College of Art. His work can be found in private collections worldwide.
Zoe Arnold (Stand 74) creates evocative pieces, which are as much individual works of art as they are wearable sculpture, exploring the poetic and the macabre in the form of both illustrative and sometimes obscure treasures. Her current work shows a keen interest in collections and history. Arnold has a BA in Jewellery Design from Central Saint Martins, London. Her pieces are widely acclaimed, and have been purchased by the Victoria and Albert Museum; Crafts Council; Contemporary Applied Arts, National Museums of Northern Ireland, and the Alice and Louis Koch Collection, among others.
Andrew Lamb (Stand 64) is interested in illusion, and Op art’s mesmerising visual effects are reflected in his work. Also inspired by linear patterns found in nature and woven textiles, he uses a combination of fine lengths of 18ct gold and silver wire to construct sculptural jewellery. Lamb has an MA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery from the Royal College of Art, London as well as BA Hons Design and Applied Arts – Silversmithing and Jewellery from Edinburgh College of Art. An established designer-maker, he is currently a Part Time Lecturer in Silversmithing and Jewellery at Glasgow School of Art. Commissions and Collections include Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums; The Alice and Louis Koch Collection; Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery; National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh; Galerie Marzee Collection – Nijmegen, The Netherlands; The Royal College of Art Collection, London, among others.