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  1. Interview with....Jane Gowans

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    Jane Gowans is a fantastic new Scottish designer we are exhibiting in Nude.  Her work is visually stimulating, simple and stylish and she believes in wearing accessories that you absolutely love.  With The Matchstick collection, Jane has taken an ordinary object and turned it into an extraordinary piece of wearable art.

    What's your background and what inspired you to become a jewellery designer?

    I graduated in 2009 with a First Class Honours Degree in Jewellery & Metal Design and have since set up my own practice, which has gone from strength to strength.

    I was inspired to become a jewellery designer because of its tactile, 3-dimensional construction. I love all the different texture and form possibilities. I also enjoy being able to deliver a product which brings joy to other people and can perhaps be passed down from generation to generation.

    How would you describe your customers?

    My customers enjoy quality, luxury and elegance. My jewellery appeals to both men and women from 25-75. My work has a subtle fashion aesthetic and has been used by stylists, press and music industry.

    What is your favourite piece of jewellery? (either made or purchased)

    I am really enjoying my current work and am excited to be working on some limited edition ‘Bessie’ rings which will be available to buy soon.

    Which celebrity would you love to wear your jewellery and why?

    I would like to see the incredibly intelligent and slightly cheeky Louis Theroux wear a set of Jane Gowans cufflinks.

    If you hadnt been successful as a designer what would your plan B have been?

    I’m not sure. I imagine my passion for creativity would have lead to another expressive career. I am keen pianist and singer so perhaps a shot at being a rock and roll icon... or maybe not?

    What can we expect to see from you in the future?

    My S/S ’12 collection is scheduled for release in the autumn. It is a progression into cutting edge technologies, hand finishing and stone setting resulting in pieces that are striking, elegant and high quality.

    The Matchstick collection is available in store and online

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  2. Designer Interview

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    Each month on the blog we'll be showcasing a particular designer and giving you an insight into how they think by publishing interviews.  As it's London Jewellery Week we thought we'd showcase some new talent starting with our very own Katherine Seaman:

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    What's your background and what inspired you to become a jewellery designer?

    I have always been a creative person and enjoyed making things from a young age. At school my favorite subject was design and technology as I loved model making and designing new products. From sixth form I went on to study foundation studies in art and design at North West Kent College where I found jewellery design. I was inspired by one of my tutors who was a jeweller and she encouraged me to go on to study the subject at degree level.

    I saw jewellery design as a way I could incorporate my interests of designing as well as learning a practical skill.

    How would you describe your customers?

    I would describe my work as quite conceptual so therefore think that my customers are people who like something a bit more unusual but still wearable at the same time. I also make bespoke pieces within my collections so my clients are interested in purchasing one of a kind pieces of jewellery.

    What is your favourite piece of jewellery? (either made or purchased)

    My favourite pieces that I have made are from my ‘imprint’ collection. This is because I originally made them from rings that I had inherited or no longer fitted me so I have a personal connection with them. These rings can also be bespoke pieces, where I can recreate rings that people own that are perhaps to precious to be worn.

     If you hadnt been successful as a designer what would your plan B have been?

    I think that I would probably still have been a designer but perhaps in a different field, possibly architecture.

    What can we expect to see from you in the future?

    Over the next 12months, I am planning to develop my graduate collection as well as supplying my work within contemporary jewellers around the country.

  3. Katherine Seaman

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    The team at Nude would like to congratulate Katherine Seaman who has just completed a successful graduate show at Middlesex University.  Katherine joined Nude on work experience 3 years ago and continued to work with us whilst studying.  She is now a permanent member of the team!

    Her collection for the graduate show was called 'Foreshore' and featured objects retrieved from the banks of the River Thames.  Inspired by the idea of a 'wearable museum', Katherine preserved the artefacts through different methods including encasing, casting and imprinting and produced an original and exciting collection shown below.

     

    Collection

     

    www.katherineseaman.com