Exhibitors in the 2016 show
Jonquil's hallmarked silver jewellery is influenced by spirals and curves, incorporating silver beads and semi-
Sylvia designs and hand crafts her own unique collection of jewellery. Silver, gold and semi-
Gill's signature style involves wholly or partially melting precious metals to create different effects. The results become the starting point from which her innovative jewellery designs emanate. Examples of her "Fire & Ice" and "Snow Cast" gemset jewels feature in private collections worldwide.
I am based in the New Forest which is reflected in much of my work. I make one off pieces based on the naturl form found as I wander through the forest on my daily walks with my cocker spaniel Ruby. Many of my pieces follow a narrative which can be individually interpreted by the wearer or admirers. http://www.benchesstudio.com
I am a contemporary jewellery designer/maker inspired by pattern and form found in the natural world. My designs often have an organic element which leads to an individual style. My aim is to make great quality, distinctive jewellery that looks and feels good to wear.
Handcrafted in Hampshire by a member of the Wessex Guild of Craftsmen, Thea's jewellery features ever popular festive ranges as well as truly unique wirework pieces perfect for gifts, or just because you deserve a treat!
I am a largely self-
Karen makes unique contemporary pieces of jewellery using precious and semi-
Beautiful, tactile chain and chain maille jewellery created in Sussex by Janet. She uses hand crafted silver rings and semi-
Award winning jewellery designs in precious metal and glass. The distinctive Time Series encapsulates natural materials such as wood and sand in hand blown glass, evoking a sense of place, time and memory. The Symbiosis collection explores the relationship between silver and colourful lampworked glass.
In the last year or so, I have been incorporating hand dyed/printed papers into my jewellery, in a continuing search to add colour to my work.
Fascinated by colour and light, Mandy makes wearable art jewellery; mixed precious metals combined with stunning quality gemstone beads; knitted sterling-
A quirky, colourful mix of silver, copper and beaded jewellery, designed to complement your own individual style.
Kate creates Steampunk-
Jane Russell uses colour and texture in the materials used to create beautiful bold and unique wearable pieces of timeless jewellery.
Ruta Brown has specialized in the technique of reticulation. Directional heat is applied to forged, folded forms, each piece individually fabricated, in exploration of the structural limits of the metal, mainly sterling silver with 18 carat gold as added decoration. The results are a variety of intricate forms, often also incorporating stones and pearls, details evoking weathered fragments of flotsam, or other marine elements from the shoreline. www.facebook.com/RutaBrownJewellery
Sharon designs and makes contemporary silver jewellery incorporating texture, surface patterns and semi-
_I work using the traditional methods of jewellery making, cutting my designs from precious metal sheet and wire, then forming lifelike flowers with tiny metal punches and hammers._I have a passion for my craft and believe this shows in my jewellery, it is joyful and full of life.
Francesca Marcenaro & Laura Parra
My pieces are all inspired by fairy tales and nature. Through every piece I tell a story, giving to it a meaning. For me a piece of jewellery is not just an ornament, not just an investment: jewellery is memories, love, culture, soul. A piece of jewellery is a piece of life.
Alison’s design background and training as a commercial artist provides a strong foundation for her work in sterling, fine silver and gold, and is intrinsic to her meticulously thought out metalwork designs. Nature’s sculptural forms and textures feature heavily in many of Alison's ranges of pendants, earrings, bangles and rings.
Around thirty years ago I took a course in jewellery making and haven’t looked back since. After further training I gave up my career as a graphic designer to concentrate on jewellery design. I work predominantly in silver often with gold accents and detail.
Cathy McCarthy is a Hampshire based, contemporary jeweller. She uses everyday observations, emotions and thoughts as inspiration for her quirky designs. Using Sterling silver and 18 carat gold, Cathy hand crafts small frames. She fills these with individual component parts to tell stories through her beautiful, wearable jewellery.
Faye Benjamin Jewellery (Jo Richards)
Drawing skills from her degree in Design, a background in Engineering, and qualifications in Silversmithing, Jo creates her unique pieces in fine silver. Taking inspiration from shapes, forms and textures around her, she creates simple and elegant pieces with beautiful organic detailing. Jo is based in Winchester.
Claire O’Sullivvan -
Traditional silversmithing techniques are used to create effortlessly wearable jewellery.Made in sterling silver with 18ct gold accents and using coloured semi precious stones, the pieces deftly become dress up, or dress down essentials.
Contrasts Contemporary Jewellery Fair
The Annual Contemporary Jewellery Fair held in Rowlands Castle, Hampshire in November each year.
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