For the final 15 years, the Saul Bell Design Award competitors has challenged jewellery makers and designers to create one-of-a-kind items that showcase their skills, make them attain for higher heights in creativity and push the boundaries of what’s attainable in jewellery design and metallic work.
This yr, the competitors has expanded its scope with two new classes designed for jewelers who make effective and style jewellery collections designed to be worn day-after-day and bought in galleries and retail shops throughout the nation.
The 2 new assortment classes—Jewellery Assortment Couture/Superb and Jewellery Assortment Trend/Bridge—ask jewelers to point out a small, cohesive physique of labor designed with manufacturing in thoughts.
“Raised in a household of “makers” and spending my total profession surrounded by and serving “makers” has been really formative in my life,” says Molly Bell, the Govt Vice President at Rio Grande, which organizes the occasion. “I treasure the attractive arts and crafts which have discovered a spot in my life—together with wearable and objet’s de artwork. Some are one-of-a-kind, others are restricted editions or a part of a group made by an artist/craftsman. Most all the jewellery I put on was made by somebody I do know or really feel linked to, and I like items or suites that I can match or combine for various seems to be. The concept of introducing a class embracing jewelers whose ardour and specialty is creating collections, actually resonated. I hope others will discover it thrilling to listen to that the Saul Bell Design Award competitors has added these two classes.”
There are a rising variety of jewelers whose livelihood is centered across the design and creation of bijou collections. The organizers of the competitors noticed increasingly more proficient jewelers creating design-forward collections of couture/effective and style/bridge jewellery that didn’t fairly match into the present construction of the Saul Bell Design Award. They needed to discover a strategy to embody any such jeweler and honor the significance of their work within the competitors. The outcome was the 2 new assortment classes.
As a substitute of submitting a single, customized piece of bijou, a designer or maker can now submit a number of items from a manufacturing line for consideration.
The Jewellery Assortment Couture/Superb class asks jewelers to submit a luxurious assortment that makes use of a repeated factor, theme or design. The gathering ought to be cohesive and constant in its presentation, supplies and voice/fashion. This physique of labor ought to be designed to be produced and bought repeatedly. Each bit within the assortment should be wearable jewellery. Supplies can embody however should not restricted to: gold, platinum, diamonds, treasured gems, pearls, and elements made in silver. Gadgets will be forged, fabricated, cast, assembled or created with any mixture of methods.
The Jewellery Assortment Trend/Bridge class asks jewelers to submit a trend-setting assortment that makes use of a repeated factor, theme or design. The gathering ought to be cohesive and constant in its presentation, supplies and voice/fashion. This physique of labor ought to be designed to be produced and bought repeatedly. Each bit within the assortment should be wearable jewellery. Supplies can embody however should not restricted to: silver, base metals, plastic, wooden, semi-precious gems and beads. Gadgets will be forged, fabricated, cast, assembled or created with any mixture of methods.
Designers ought to submit a couple of piece when getting into one of many new assortment classes. Nevertheless, outdoors of that limitation, it’s as much as entrants to determine the variety of items that greatest symbolize their assortment.
The gathering is usually a mixture of bijou varieties, resembling a necklace, a hoop, a bracelet and a pair of earrings, or it may encompass all one kind, resembling a bunch of three rings. The defining attribute of the brand new classes is that every piece works collectively round a single theme or thought—as a group.
Annually the Saul Bell Design Award competitors is judged by among the most revered voices within the trade—designers, makers, editors and leaders who look at items for his or her design, in addition to their technical craftsmanship. It is a chance for jewelers of all sorts to place their work on the market for a panel of their friends and make their mark.
Do you might have a query about what sort of work you may submit in these classes? Tell us within the feedback or go to saulbellaward.com to submit your entry.