A FESTIVAL CELEBRATING BROOCHES AND PINS BY CONTEMPORARY GOLDSMITHS
From March 1st to April 1st 2017, Woldstone presents a Spotlight exhibition focused on Brooches and Pins – these versatile and artistic jewellery pieces are delightful, sometimes dramatic and often playful additions to your dress, jacket, shoulder, bag, beret or lapel. And brooches can be worn by both men and women.
The brooches, pins and badges exhibited during March 2017 at the Woldstone gallery are exquisite examples of contrasting styles and materials - from the humorous, to the narrative, to the luxury and the geometric.
The Festival of Brooches shows work by leading contemporary goldsmiths, many new to the gallery for this exhibition, working with a wide range of media including fine, precious metals, rare gemstones, vitreous enamel, ceramic, wood and acrylic.
We are delighted to welcome for the first time to the gallery, the work of Paul Preston, aka Red Mole, Dorothy Hogg and Alan Craxford; legendary goldsmiths with an international following.
Born in 1943 in Leeds, Paul Preston, aka Red Mole, is a highly distinctive, self-taught contemporary goldsmith. In the early days of the now-closed Oxford Gallery, Paul exhibited his collection of hand crafted works depicting a layered storytelling with Red Mole as key protagonist and earning Paul an early following among Oxford’s collectors. Paul explains, “I explain myself like this: Red Mole has been adopted as a vehicle. He can be shown doing things I have done in the past or recently. Alternatively, he can be sent up in a rocket ship or climb Everest, face-off a dragon with only a sticker, play an instrument I chose. Thus, is provided a never-ending supply of subject matter.”
Bronwen explains “It was from an Oxford collector that a path was laid for me that led to Paul & Jean’s kitchen. Sitting around the table and while savouring the delights of their daughter’s cupcakes I was given a cork box by Paul. Gingerly removing the lid, I unveiled a breathtaking spidery 3D wire diorama “Robot Butler” where workmanship, creativity, and humour left me speechless and in awe. Unmissable, “Robot Butler” will be at the festival serving tea and talent.” This and other work has earned Paul a place in many private and public collections, including the V&A.
Alan Craxford's work is luxurious and elegant. His pieces are exquisitely crafted to exacting standards and he has a reputation for fine jewellery pieces crafted with the finest metals, masterfully engraved and set with rare and beautiful gemstones.
Dorothy Hogg MBE has a lifetime in jewellery; as artist and educator. Her work has a clear aesthetic and appears in many collections, public and private, both in the UK and internationally. In 2001 Dorothy was awarded an MBE for services to jewellery and Silversmithing and in 2006 was made a fellow of the Royal College of Art. She was recently appointed as the first Emeritus Professor of Edinburgh College of Art. In 2008 she spent six months at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London as their first ever craft artist in residence.
Please pop along , bring a friend and marvel at these contemporary brooches – masterpieces at the very heart of art jewellery and jewellers’ artistry.
We can’t wait to welcome you! Sian and Bronwen