Brilliantly Birmingham Celebrates City's Jewellery Heritage

By Culture24 Staff | 04 December 2008
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(Above) Sally Collins in the Design Space workshop. © John James

The ninth Brilliantly Birmingham showcase to celebrate the city’s longstanding reputation for jewellery design and production will be running until December 21.

The best new contemporary jewellery from new and emerging designers and makers will be on display across Birmingham and the West Midlands and there is the opportunity to buy pieces.

Birmingham City University graduate Sally Collins will be profiled at this year’s brilliantly Birmingham for her collection Make do and Mend.

She created a range of jewellery from second hand fabric, crochet, lace, heat-treated copper and gold plated elements and Sally explained the philosophy behind her designs.

“I create wearable compositions through the layering of pattern, colour and form with an emphasis on excess detailing and frills, taking pleasure in unusual or abundant combinations of fabrics and textures,” said Sally.

She added: “My concern is not only with the ecological benefits of re-using and re-inventing something old, discarded and forgotten, but with the beauty of the history of an object when it has been passed down through a family or transformed into something else for another purpose.”

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Jewellery artist, Sally Collins, whose intricate work featuring lace and recycled fabrics with precious metals will promote this year's 'Brilliantly Birmingham' campaign. Model is Lara Hawkesworth. © Dave Remes

A further 26 designers from across the globe will also be taking part in the Flux exhibition which returns for its third year and it will take place at Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery.

“Brilliantly Birmingham has grown into a significant showcase for designer makers with the standard of submitted work increasing year on year. In our ninth year we are proud to have become a regular and welcome fixture in the calendar and synonymous with innovative emerging jewellery design,” said Susan McNally, Brilliantly Birmingham Project Manager.

Events accompanying Flux include Fetish Fashion on December 9, Open Studios in the Jewellery Quarter on December 13, and guided walks around The Quarter will take place on December 6, 13 and 20.

Councillor Ray Hassall, cabinet Member for Leisure, sport and culture, added: “Birmingham city council is delighted to be celebrating the city’s thriving jewellery heritage by supporting Brilliantly Birmingham. The festival provides emerging designer makers with a platform to promote their talents – as well as the city to an international audience.”

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