Or rather, they never went away...
We love brooches. And we are not the only ones. We were not dreaming when just in the last few days/weeks we see Jennifer Hudson wearing a pin on The Voice , Dannii Minoque decorating a dress with a dazzling brooch on Let It Shine and Stephen Fry pinning his lapel with a golden badge for hosting the BAFTA awards.
From March 1st to April 1st 2017, Woldstone presents ‘Brooch Festival 2017' - a Spotlight exhibition dedicated to brooches, badges and pins.
Why brooches? They are versatile and artistic jewellery pieces. Brooches have rarely disappeared from the catwalk – brooches are modern, refreshing, elegant and playful; they are worn by men as well as women and can be attached to scarves, collars, dresses, lapels, centered on a buttoned-up collar, attached to belts, ties and bags.
As one of the exhibition's featured designers Sarah Parker-Eaton explained “The brooch is one of the most enduring and personal jewellery items; for me they have always been a glorious way to signal something about your personality that may not immediately be apparent. Brooches are never only accessories - they will always make a statement!".
We want you to be inspired by Woldstone’s collection of wonderful and unique brooches and pins by leading contemporary goldsmiths and silversmiths - and give brooches a stab.
The brooches, pins and badges exhibited during March 2017 are exquisite examples of contrasting styles and materials - from the humorous, to the narrative, to the luxury and the geometric. The 2017 Festival shows work by the crème de la crème of contemporary goldsmiths, many award-winning, and many new to the gallery for this exhibition. They are master craftsmen - working with a wide range of media including fine, precious metals, rare gemstones, vitreous enamel, ceramic, wood and acrylic.
We are particularly delighted to welcome the work of Paul Preston, aka Red Mole, Alan Craxford and Professor Dorothy Hogg MBE; legendary goldsmiths with an international following.
YOUR FESTIVAL INVITATION
Please come along, bring a friend, marvel at these contemporary brooches, try them on – they are masterpieces at the very heart of art jewellery and jewellers’ artistry.