New Designer’s 2015 – Part One; Jewellery

I’ve been going to New Designers for a number of years now, and I have to say that this year has some exception talent on show. So much so, I’ll be splitting Part One into three posts covering Ceramics, Surface/Textiles design, and Jewellery.

Katy Fletcher
De Montford University
Design Crafts

Katy has a unique take on contemporary jewellery, referring to herself as a collector, gatherer and maker, the collection draws on her love of found objects and how these influence the outcome of each piece. She has experimented with enamelling for some time, and has a strong following with her geometric, pastel pieces which she has been making and selling online alongside completing her degree. This tougher edge to her work has a more organic feel taking reference from erosion, naming her collection, ‘Worn Away’. Next up, she plans to continue working as a jewellery designer and maker, and with found objects taking centre stage as her inspiration, the possibilities are endless.

Natalia Antunovity
Birmingham City University, School of Jewellery
Design for Industry

Hungarian born Natalia showcases her clean, modern jewellery collections at this year’s New Designer’s. Her collection entitled ‘The Play Element I and II caught my eye in particular, where delicate detailing is pared perfectly with a strong, minimal exterior. Combining 3D and traditional techniques, Natalia also utilises modern forming and joining techniques to achieve complex designs which would otherwise be impossible to make.

Megan Collins
Vannetta Seecharran School of Jewellery
Jewellery Design

Megan’s graduate collection draws on modern, geometric shapes with its inspiration rooted in the natural world. Her early process was to look at the repetition found in plants, and creating a balance between the natural environment and abstract geometry. The pureness and simplicity of her work was incredibly beautiful, the individual disks in polished sterling silver translated from rings to necklaces in this strong and professional display.

Melissa Yarlett
University of Central Lancashire
Contemporary Crafts

Melissa’s work combines delicate clusters of silver and precious stones with clean lines in sterling silver. Her inspiration stems from the beauty of lichen and has managed to create these cluster formations bringing texture and colour together in each unique piece. She currently works from her small studio in North West England, making each piece by hand. The contrast of the lichen-inspired formations with the simplicity of the rings and necklaces was incredibly tactile and beautiful and has the balance of intricacy and simplicity exactly right.


It’s a Wrap

The festive season seems to come round quicker every year, and in an attempt to get a little more organised, we've put together a few pieces perfect for that special someone...

Whether it's the whole family under one roof creating havoc or a quiet and cozy cottage in the country, everyone's hungry, and a constant supply of nibbles and naughty stuff is essential. Sophie Cobb's Pick, Mix & Match ceramics and Tom Hutchinson's Obtineo range keep things simple.


Christmas is as much about the big gestures as the stocking fillers, and this festive season we are loving these oversized screen-printed cotton tees by illustrator CM Carter.


There's always room for a bit of sparkle so we suggest these one-off elegant and simple silver earrings by Nicola Reed.


There's always the inevitable washing up regardless how big the dishwasher is, make the task a little less painful with these bright, hand-made tea-towels from Rose Honick.


It may be chilly out there, but there's always room for a silk scarf to add to the collection. We suggest one of these unique pieces by Holly Eden.


With so many to choose from, our top pick this Christmas is this hand-drawn limited edition illustration by Kayleigh Hadley, because wherever you are and whoever you're with, there's something magical about Christmas!

New Designers, Then & Now…

We wanted to do a double introduction to two new designers, one we met last year, and the other just a few weeks ago, who will soon both be featuring in our shop...

Last year was a busy year for us, and New Designers 2012 brought us our second year of amazingly talented graduates. One in particular that caught our eye was Mairi Burrow.

Mairi's stunning jewellery was one of the highlights as part of the Duncan of Jordanstone stand with her fragile interpretations of Alzheimer's through her work. Poignant and refreshing that such a condition could be the inspiration for her graduate collection.

Having the chance to meet her in person at the time, and arrange to stay in touch, her busy Summer of moving and getting married took precedence. A month into 2013, we met again, and Mairi has been working continuously on a new collection and commissions at her new home in London.

Her new work, which we received a few weeks ago, continues to feature the same intricacy and fragility that we loved last year, and are pleased to be showcasing her work over the coming weeks.

In stark contrast, as New Designers 2013 drew to a close last month, we sent out our emails to a few of our favourites, one being product designer Clea Jentsch.

Although a fresh face to the industry, Clea has already forged links with some of UK's most prominent design stores with her simple yet useful approach to product design. And as a graduate from Kingston, will also be featuring her work during London Design Festival in the Kingston showcase exhibition, Nous.

So of course we are excited to be able to launch her graduate collection of stationary and desk tidying paraphernalia in a limited, hand-made run so soon. The simple, folded steel pieces, powdered-coated in striking minty green will organise the most messy with its minimal lines and playful individuality.

For us, working with new designers whether a few weeks, or a year after making that discovery doesn't hinder the excitement or stunt our enthusiasm, these things can take time, but the time is always right, whenever, wherever it may happen...

Mairi and Clea's work will be available to buy via Look Like Love very soon...