Rue Pigalle and Goldsmiths’ Fair have collaborated to create a four-part lecture series that explores the stories of survival, endurance and innovation from the 14th-century jewellery world in London to the unprecedented hardships today’s makers are contending with due to COVID-19.
Rue Pigalle offers art-and-design inspired luxury travel experiences for women, but during this time of confinement they have been inviting guests on virtual adventures into artists’ studios around the world. This Goldsmiths’ Jewelry lecture series is their latest virtual offering.
Isabelle Fish, who founded Rue Pigalle in 2010, has worked closely with the Goldsmiths’ team to develop the course. Half of the proceeds from the series will be donated to the Goldsmiths’ 1327 Fund, which was launched to assist jewellers, silversmiths and those working in the allied industries in the UK. “It’s an honour to work with the team to create an experience that will be inspiring, informative—and will also help to support the talented makers during this difficult time,” says Fish.
The weekly series, which runs every Wednesday in June from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm BST will explore Goldsmiths’ storied history, as well as the history of women and silversmithing. “For centuries women were excluded from the profession unless they were a silversmith’s widow,” explains the Goldsmiths’ Company librarian, Eleni Bide. “But even then, they had to fight to gain recognition and to establish their hallmark. Today they are now leading the profession.” The other lectures will be with a master and apprentice from the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Centre and the final one will be a candid interview with makers Daphne Krinos and Ane Christensen and gallerist Christina Jansen.
Rue Pigalle is a Toronto-based company that creates design-inspired experiences around the world for intimate groups of art, jewellery and culture lovers. Isabelle Fish, who was born and raised in France, founded Rue Pigalle in order to build a community that champions independent makers and their mastery. Rue Pigalle is a mindset—whether you join Isabelle on a trip or attend one of Rue Pigalle’s events—it’s a gathering place for curious, clever women who crave genuine connections as well as animated and thoughtful conversations around life, jewellery, craftsmanship and the arts.