Maria Piana has become synonymous with original design and the use of industrial processes combined with artisan experimental techniques ,delivering unusual and new forms of abstract jewellery wearing.”
I like how the pieces wrap around the person in unique ways and how the shapes compliment this process. The combination of angular pieces and more fluid pieces is similar to what I am looking at in my own work.

Deelyn’s jewellery is inspired by geometry and en-capsules bright flashes of colour made out of resin. I like the idea she has incorporated on her necklaces of instead of having an attachment at the back, using the actual shapes to create a locking mechanism simply by pushing one shape through the other.

I also like how she has used cad to visualise her design to show to the client before making it.  

Giacomo Balla

I like how the artist depicts movement in a figurative and angular way. The contrast between the spikes and fluid curves in Balla’s sculptures is fascinating to me as I am looking at similar shapes but in a more conflicting way in-which the shapes penetrate through each other. I will probably be looking further into the futuristic movement for more inspiration for my jewellery

Unit 20 - The Digital Tile, Art Forms of the Ocean
I like the layering and combining of 2d and 3d sections in this piece, also the utilizing of what appears to be laser cutting and 3d printing creates an interesting texture and depth 

Unit 20 - The Digital Tile, Art Forms of the Ocean

I like the layering and combining of 2d and 3d sections in this piece, also the utilizing of what appears to be laser cutting and 3d printing creates an interesting texture and depth 

(Source: unit20, via theklob)

Ross Lovegrove designed this Ty Nant water bottle using his trade mark flowing line shapes. He was inspired by Da Vinci’s sketches of water and wanted to make 3D representations of these. The rippling effect also makes the bottle easy to grasp while allowing a thin plastic to be used and when its empty the bottle becomes flimsy and easily disposable. 

I like the  cracked pattern in these pieces which is inspired by the skeletons of leaves, the strong contrast of colour is also appealing and the black lines make the pieces stand out. The smoothness of the acrylic also allows the light to bounce of the pieces which adds to the vibrancy of the jewellery range

The Language of Process

This exhibition was created to show how new materials and technologies can be used to design. It had a variety of pieces utilizing laser cutting, 3d printing, 3d scanning and routing. The location of the exhibit was a little hard to find and if you didn’t ask for directions you probably wouldn’t be able to locate it. I thought the exhibition was laid out well and offered an in-depth insight into the processes used showing videos of the design development of the pieces presented.
I think the exhibition could of been improved slightly by having pieces created by Shapeways or nervous system being shown.

Dazzle Exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery 2013

A lot of the jewellery at this exhibition was by the same designers as last year though i did notice a few new additions. The location was more appealing because there was more natural light and  the cases where more spread out giving you time to absorb the pieces.
It was also placed next to the gallery’s shop which had a few pieces in it that caught my interest. The exhibition was useful as it gives an insight to contemporary jewellers who have commercial aspects in their work and each exhibitor has a variety of types of jewellery available which helped me visualise how you can take one idea or theme and manipulate it to create a range of jewellery.

I will be looking more closely at specific designers from dazzle in my market research.

Development of the Iris van Herpen dresses inspired by the flowing shapes in water. Constructed by heating up acrylic bending it into place and using 3d printing technology.

Sally Grant

I am inspired by the complex and abstract patterns that occur in nature and how something that is transient can be distilled into something precious.  I use photography to capture snapshots and moments of time and the contrast of naturally occurring random patterns and textures to explore how this can be related to decoration and ornament in jewellery.”


The use of etching it what stands out most to me about these pieces and how the technique has been used to replicate nature