The blossoming of the floral in contemporary jewellery
Floral motifs have long inspired jewellers; indeed since the first of man’s ancestors used a bloom for self-adornment, botanical motifs have been a key feature of jewellery designs. Bloomin’ Jewels explores how botanical forms can also be a powerful reference point for contemporary jewellers, working in both precious and non-precious media. A showcase of wearable art, it spotlights cutting-edge, imaginative and technically accomplished modern work whilst celebrating the long and esteemed tradition of depicting flowers and foliage in jewellery.
This exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts in Bankside has been guest curated by Corinne Julius, a journalist and acknowledged authority on contemporary jewellery, and features over 20 respected contemporary jewellers. They were invited to offer work using the botanical as a starting point for the creation of jewellery. The results will surprise and dazzle anyone interested in contemporary jewellery, decorative arts, fashion, design and gardening.
Jewellers exhibiting include Zoe Arnold, Flora Bhattachary, Kelvin J Birk, Jonathan Boyd, Donna Brennan, Sonia Cheadle, Gill Galloway-Whitehead, Anna Gordon, Dorothy Hogg, Andrew Lamb, Kathie Murphy, Lina Peterson, Wendy Ramshaw, Kayo Saito, Hans Stofer, Silo Studio, Rie Taniguchi, Christopher Thompson-Royds, Maud Traon and Silvia Weidenbach.