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  1. Graduates in the Spotlight
    We need help deciding which recent graduate should feature in our window! Check out their information and pictures then vote!

    Dovile BertulyteDovile Graduate Spotlight Finalist2

    Lithuanian born London based jewellery designer. In 2013 I graduated from Middlesex University. During four years of studies I embarked on an exploration of different materials, various techniques and exclusive designs. While studying I interned in three different European countries for renowned jewellers and artists. I also went to Jerusalem, Bezalel University of Arts and Design as an exchange student. This valuable experience gave me unique perception of the world and life itself that reflects in my work.

    The collection 'Fear Of Darkness is based on a common human fear nyctophobia. Fear of the dark is usually not fear of darkness itself, but of possible or imagined dangers concealed by darkness. The collection is made up of 5 initial pieces that each reflect emotions and feelings of a person who suffers from this phobia while being in the dark.

    The oxidised silver plated bronze hands trigger fear within our minds while we imagine the imaginary predator or monster is lurking in the dark just around the corner.

    Frank Luckham

    Frank Luckham Graduate Spotlight Finalist

    I would like to be featured in your graduate spotlight to show that contemporary jewellery does not have to be based on traditional ring styles of a circular shank with something added to it. My designs show that the shank (or hole) is an integral part of the design. My designs are also sculptural elements which when not worn, can be positioned and admired as mini sculptural forms. Initial inspiration was drawn from Barbara Hepworth sculpture.

    There also seems to be a misunderstanding that square rings are uncomfortable to wear or difficult to size. It would be nice to break this train of thought and let the buyer experience how these rings actually feel.

    Frank graduated in 2013 with a BA First Degree Honors in Silversmithing and Jewellery. His final work reflected the pierced form sculptural work of Barbara Hepworth and the Minimalist installations of Donald Judd.

    Frank specialises in making rings in sterling silver using traditional techniques, aiming to represent two defining characteristic design elements of Modernism and Minimalism - simplicity of form and the reductive.

    Agnieszka Maksymiuk

    Agnieszka Maksymiuk Graduates Spotlight

    At the moment I’m an Artist in Residence and visiting lecturer at School of Jewellery in Birmingham and at the same time I work as a jewellery designer/maker. My works are exhibited in a few galleries in England and Poland.I strongly believe that the support provided by the Nude Jewellery will help me to grow and promote my brand in many aspects. Being selected for “Graduates in the Spotlight” competition would be an amazing opportunity to launch my jewellery and ideas into a professional environment and a great progression for my business . It would be a real honour to be part of this prestigious  central London boutique. I create small sculptures that become wearable pieces of art.
    The collection is about the relationship between the urban and the natural world in different places and cultures inspired by the landscapes of England and Poland. The main objective is to catch the essence and potential of the particular place and tell the viewer a story which is hidden behind each piece.

    The 3D designs are hand carved with great skill from two dimensional drawings and paintings. The astonishing outcomes are a result of a formal training in Poland at the Academy of Fine Art and the School of Jewellery in Birmingham.

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  2. Dovile Double hand necklace Dovile Hand Pendant Dovile Hand Earrings Dovile Hand Pendant 2 Dovile Bracelet

    What inspired you to become a jewellery designer?

     

    I always had an artistic personality. In Lithuania I graduated from the art school and always knew that I will be involved in some kind of art form in the future. When time had come to choose universities I decided to study Textile Design in my home country, but felt really disappointed with the course.

    So I started to look for an opportunity to study in England and found Middlesex University offering a Jewellery and Accessories programme with a very contemporary approach and ability to experiment with shapes, materials and textures, which was exactly what I wanted. What I like about jewellery the most is that it is an art form closely related to a wearer. I really get inspired by knowing that what I create will be worn by someone everyday, loved and treasured.

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

     

    I think one of my favorite pieces of jewellery is a necklace I made from my Graduate Collection (2013). It was inspired by octopus tentacles and made of silicone using my own developed technique during the studies. The material feels very nice on the skin when worn and it also represents the softness and texture of the tentacles just perfectly. The necklace looks very original and stylish, so every time I wear it, I get a lot of compliments.

     

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

    Bjork and Daphne Guinness, because they both are crazy and I love crazy women.

     

    Out-with jewellery is there any other career that you would love to try?

     

    If I wasn’t a jeweller, I would probably be an illustrator or painter. I love drawing and painting, and would love to spend more time doing these two activities everyday.

     

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

     

    Soon I will launch my new silicone collection inspired by squid tentacles and in near future I hope to make more show pieces collaborating with fashion designers.

     

    Go to the competition blog post to vote for Dovile Bertulyt
  3. Frank Luckham silver ring Frank Luckham silver ring 2 Frank Luckham silver ring 3 Frank Luckham silver ring 4 Frank Luckham silver ring 5

    What inspired you to become a jewellery designer?

     

    I started studying Psychology at college and one day as I passed through the foyer; cabinets had been placed there displaying some of the student’s silversmithing and a few pieces of jewellery. What really caught my eye was the form and balance of the bowls and thought it would be great to create something like that. I then decided to enroll in Silversmithing classes run at the college. I enjoyed the whole process of being creative and forming the metal that after a few months of thought, I decided to change from studying Psychology to studying Fda in Silversmithing and Jewellery. My first project was to design a Modernist ring and having little interest in jewellery, was really unsure as to what to do. I researched Modernism and found that the artist Barbara Hepworth’s’ museum was not too far from where I lived and visited for inspiration. Her sculpture entitled The Walkthrough inspired me so much that I decided to focus on geometric sculptural forms, hoping to instill this aspect into a ring, which I did and got a distinction for my final piece. This set me on the path of designing rings exploring form over function.

     

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

     

    I enjoy all the forms I have created but my favourite piece of jewellery, actually a three-piece set, was inspired by Donald Judd a Minimalist sculptor. The rings were made in my final degree year at college. The reason for liking them so much is that they were the most simplistic and reductive yet visually pleasing rings yet.

     

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

    Since my ring designs are focused towards form rather than functionality, any celebrity who appreciates this aspect and wants to wear something alternative and unconventional would be welcomed. I’ve noticed Deborah Meaden from Dragons Den wearing some interesting pieces of jewellery. She might be suitable.

     

    Out-with jewellery is there any other career that you would love to try?

     

    I have often thought of dry stone walling as another interest or career. The idea of working outside and being creative with natural stone would be very pleasing and I admire anyone who can do it.

     

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

     

    I will still explore the geometric form but more recently I have made a move to producing some tradition shank rings focusing on combinations of textures off-set with just one simple diamond, which also offers a good juxtaposition between form and texture. The over all idea is to keep my designs simple and minimal, emphasizing the form.

     

    Go to the competition blog post to vote for Frank Luckham