Simone Brewster Selects
Simon Brewster is a London based artist and designer who works across different meda. With over ten years of design experience, Simone has cemented herself as a multi-talented voice within the creative sector.
As a sculptor, painter, jeweller and metalsmith, she is aware of the importance of materials and the many different factors that contribute towards a stand-out design.
See her selection of Goldsmiths’ Fair 2021 makers below.
Conversation earrings by Gearry Suen
One of the reasons I love jewellery is its ability to open a conversation. When worn in public, a well-chosen statement piece not only allows you to stand out of the crowd, but it offers people an opportunity to glimpse into your tastes, style and personality, and at the very least a chance to tap you on the shoulder and ask, “who made this”. The Conversation Earrings by Gearry Suen, will definitely do this and so much more. On seeing this example of unashamed adornment, I was struck by the craftsmanship. The curated colours of the gems set against the carved wood, the imaginative and unorthodox sculptural expression of the piece, spoke of an individually minded creator. The earrings are not a matching pair, but a considered twinning of symmetrical elements with different materials. Decorated on both the front and back, they continue to communicate with each other when taken off, as the back of the right earring relates to the front of the left and vice versa. In honesty, the title tells you what you need to know about the piece, there really is a rich narrative here that will leave you with no end of conversation.
‘Embrace’ by Jessica Jue
I’ve been slowly falling in love with the work of Jessica Jue for some time now. I think it was the subtle, delicate and organic shapes and curves that appear so naturally in her pieces. The seductiveness of this organic language belies the craftsman required to create such simple elegance. The Embrace is a pure example of Jue’s skills, the rippling textured skin of the exterior of the vessel encloses a softer smooth satin finish petal, the whole piece brought to life with a soft glow of gold. These shifts in the finished surfaces harmonise, working together to bring the piece to life.
Cloud bowl by Ane Christensen
The language of architecture is a language of space. We read this language everyday but few of us can write it. When we look at the work of Ane Christensen, we realise very quickly that she is a poet of volume. The Cloud Bowl artistically plays with this volume. We see the form of a bowl created by floating lines, a kinetic field held in a static embrace seemingly caused by the disruption of an interpenetrating plane which brings the form to balance. A single gold fleck brings energy to the composition and speaks to the eye of its creator and her understanding that architecture is built at any scale.
‘The Daily Cycle’ by Jo Pond
I often find myself returning to the work of Jo Pond. There’s something about it, an intangible ingredient that I want to put a name to, the flavour must be imagination. In a moment when we begin to fully appreciate the necessity of re-use, I find that Pond is ahead of us and has already begun to re-imagine, seeking to define her jewellery by a tactility brought about through the balance of form, finish and the objects she finds and incorporates into her wearable sculptures. The Daily Cycle is a neckpiece that weaves together a bold narrative within each of its links, with the crowning element a reclaimed piece of steel, finished in a soft green.
International Introducing: Loren Nicole from USA
I came across the work of Loren Nicole when I was researching creatives that had come to jewellery as a second profession. It was a subject I felt close to, having come to jewellery making after working in architecture and furniture design. Before even speaking with Loren, it was clear that she was the total package, a detailed perfectionist, an incredibly skilled maker and a talented designer.
Loren initially became an archaeologist, and while working for the American Museum of Natural History, Loren started working with the objects conservation lab and in the task of repairing and renovating the artefacts, she learnt how to make with ancient techniques. This passion for jewellery and metalsmithing would be the backbone of her studio. Her honed techniques of repousse and granulation are paired with her natural tendency to contemporise the aesthetic languages of the past, bringing a refreshing new twist to her classically timeless pieces.
The treasure trove of gold jewels that comes out of her studio are each lovingly hand made by herself, with a selection of bespoke tools. As she says herself, “I make everything myself and I will not have it any other way.”