Firstly congratulations to all those designer jewellers who took part in EC One‘s ‘Unsigned’ competition. The creativity generated by the designer jewellery industry is staggering and I am incredibly proud to be part of it all. As with all things, there is only one winner and it is with great excitement and anticipation that we can divulge the finalists in the competition. The finalists were all voted for by supporters in a facebook campaign initiated by EC One with the addition of one ‘wild card’
So without further ado, to the sound of a drum roll, the finalists are:-
Emily Margaret Hill
“I design and hand craft contemporary photo-etched lockets, inspired by the Victorian fascination with museums and collecting. They are made from sterling silver with recycled 9ct gold chains and cast bone T-bar fastenings. Sentimentality is integral to my work; these miniature containers are designed with the wearer in mind, allowing them to create their own narrative, encapsulating secrets or treasures. Each one can be etched with an important location on the surface or bought with a random place, purely for the map’s intricacy and texture…”
“Echoing the intricate fretwork of Moorish architecture, my ‘Promise’ collection brings together the delicate and feminine with the bold and edgy. My childhood was spent growing up amongst the diverse cultures of the Middle East and rural Spain, before relocating to Shoreditch, East London where I design and make my jewellery using silver, gold, platinum and precious stones.”
“I have always been really interested in the history of France and its unique notion of luxury. Inspiration for my work came from the 18th century and Marie Antoinette d’Autriche who symbolises a sense of French grace, lavishness and femininity that I am emphasising in my designs. My collection is a way for me to refer to the nostalgia of a time of great leisure and which had a great cultural impact, a time when life was simply different and when France shone all over the world and established itself as a cultural exemplar.”
“My structural jewellery aims to explore the relationship between the opposing realms of craft, computing, science and nature. I enjoy the simplicity of repeating one element as a method of construction, mixing traditional skills with new technologies. My interest in plays on words has led my collection to be based around the iconic diamond, its form and how we identify it. I aim to rework the diamond and challenge its common associations and preconceptions. Each piece is worked by hand, giving every diamond a rarity similar to the stone itself.”
I will be judging the finalists tomorrow evening, along with Nicholas King, Mademoiselle Robot and Kate Carter from the Guardian to select the ultimate winner.