International Jewellery London has announced the ten new designers chosen for the 2017 IJL KickStart initiative including Goldsmiths’ Fair exhibitors Rhona McCallum and Heather Woof. This annual mentoring programme, now in its ninth year, is recognised within the industry as one of the most successful bursary programmes for new emerging British talent.
Glasgow based jewellery designer Rhona McCallum is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art. Her collections are regularly exhibited throughout the UK and abroad, most recently at LOOT – the annual retail exhibition of contemporary jewellery at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and this years, Goldsmiths’ Fair. Inspired by geology, ancient history and our ever changing landscapes, Rhona creates statement jewellery in silver and gold that combines rugged, natural textures with bold, sculptural forms.
“Every year the standard in the Kickstart line up is so high, so it’s a real honour to have been recognised at this level. It’s wonderful to have the support of IJL and the NAJ in this exciting next step for my business, and I can’t wait to show my new designs to the IJL audience in September!” Rhona tells us.
Designer and maker Heather Woof creates subtle, refined yet distinctive jewellery in silver and gold. Inspired by pattern and structure, Heather’s designs are characterised by clean lines and sculptural forms. Each piece is handcrafted from her Edinburgh studio. Heather designs with the wearer in mind, creating pieces that embody understated elegance. Trained at Edinburgh College of Art, Heather has a passion for referencing ancient techniques to create contemporary pieces. She has won multiple awards for her work including the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship and Design Awards 2016.
Heather says “I am thrilled to be selected for IJL’s KickStart programme 2017. IJL will provide the perfect platform to launch my latest collection and connect with press, stockists and clients. Being selected for the Kickstart programme is an honour!”
Heather will be exhibiting at Goldsmiths’ Fair Week 1 Stand 12. See her exhibitor profile here.
Rhona will be exhibiting at Goldsmiths’ Fair Week 2 Stand 4. See her exhibitor profile here.