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Practical Realisation of Concept Awards 2016 E-mail
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 16:50

The Sara Preisler Award for Practical Realisation of Concept has been awarded to new emerging designer/makers from Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery for the past four years. This outstanding award is given by Sara to the graduating student(s) who best expresses their thoughts and ideologies through their final year work.

 

This year the quality was so outstanding it made picking the winners more difficult than ever previously,

however, we did come to a decision and the winners are Becky Williams and Lauren Bell-Brown, so a huge congratulations to them both!

Becky draws inspiration from decaying urban surfaces, intricate details and bold architectural lines to create decorative vessels and jewellery. Her work explores the ideas of positive and negative space, the interaction of objects with their environment and the juxtaposition of densities. She works with enamelled copper to create the detailed work, which contrast against the clean lines of the steel forms to form stunning structures which interact with each other and encourages varying juxtapositions and diversity amongst her collections.

In contrast, Lauren Bell-Brown's collection builds upon her understanding of traditional fairy-tale aesthetics where she aims to ‘Unravel the Fairytale’ with her portrayal of beauty in the classic Snow White tale whilst incorporating the Grimm’s Brothers’ more sinister narrative.

Intricate and ornate, the detail in her jewellery is combined with needlepoint embellishment which adds drama to the fantasy of the pieces offering a subversive twist to the concept of the familiar ‘happily ever after’.

We cant wait to have their pieces on show here in the gallery for you all to see and have the opportunity to buy- and we also are looking forward to working with them closely in the near future as they look to develop their creative adventures... We'll keep you posted!

 

 
Christmas 2015/16 E-mail
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 13:21

Christmas Opening Times

We are open as normal until Wednesday 23rd December, and we will be open from 10am till 1pm on Christmas Eve (Thursday 24th December).

The gallery will then be closed over the Christmas and New Year period until Thursday 7th January, when we will be open as normal from 11am till 6pm.

 

Christmas Returns

We are always happy to exchange any gifts or Christmas purchases for customers.

This year, as we are selling work on behalf of artists, we ask that any such items be returned no later than Friday 22nd January 2016 so we can pass on the sales to our makers thereafter.

 

With thanks and a Merry Christmas, Sara and the team.

 
Exciting Announcement! E-mail
Friday, 02 October 2015 15:32

 

Sara Preisler has newly been commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum to design an exclusive handmade collection for their Fabric of India exhibition.

The collection, entitled Indian Summer, was designed to incorporate the Paisley Pattern, and was inspired by the regency fascination with the East.

This fantastic exhibition runs from 3rd October 2015 to 10th January 2016, where Sara's collection can be seen in the main body of the V&A museum alongside pieces of art and textiles created by the best of Britain's design and manufacturing specialists.

If you can't make it to London, a selection of Sara's Indian Summer designs are available here in the gallery!

 

 
Award Winners 2015 E-mail
Thursday, 09 July 2015 13:42

Once again we were blown away by the quality of work of the graduates on the BA Jewellery and Related Products course at the School of Jewellery. Congratulations to everyone on the course for your beautiful bodies of work, we're sure you'll all go on to do great things!

However, there had to be a winner, and we're delighted to announce the winners of this year's Sara Preisler Award for Practical Realisation of Concept are Chloe Solomon and Rebecca Blakeway!

Rebecca uses etching and enamel techniques to shine a light on the beauty of details often unappreciated within our busy, modern-day lifestyles; be they architectural or on our own bodies. Using a muted pallette in contrast with bright silver, she engages both sight and touch in her gorgeous body of work.

In her 'Skin' collection Chloe evokes the texture and surface of our skin using her unique wax hybrid material. Every piece has a unique finish, featuring delicate textures and colours housed inside linear forms to evoke the connection between all of us.

A huge congratulations to both of our winners, keep an eye out for their work in the gallery soon!

 
Award for Practical Realisation of Concept 2015 E-mail
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:35

For the third year in a row we are proud to announce that Sara will be offering the prestigious Sara Preisler Award for Practical Realisation of Concept to third year BA students on the Jewellery and Related Products course at the School of Jewellery. Sara will be looking for innovative and original works that clearly communicate the maker's concept and intentions in a unique and thought provoking way.

We'll be annoucing the winners here soon so keep your eyes peeled!

 
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