LAUNCH EVENT - FESTIVAL OF BROOCHES
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 particularly 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 contemporary goldsmith. He bases many of his pieces on animating scenes from nature, especially birds and marine life. In 1975 he exhibited at the renowned Oxford Gallery, helping to launch his career and earning him an early following. Paul's collection of 3D wire and mini-sculptured dioramas is breathtakingly detailed and intricate - this fine workmanship and creativity has earned him 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 come to the launch, bring a friend and sip prosecco while marvelling at these contemporary brooches – masterpieces at the very heart of art jewellery and jewellers’ artistry.
We can’t wait to welcome you, Welsh Cakes provided! Sian and Bronwen