London Craft Week: My Best-Of, Part II

London Craft Week broke down the barriers between art and craftsmanship, no better than in Mayfair where we admired ceramic vessels in handbag boutiques, painted cork bowls in Louboutin store, avant-garde paintings in clothing haunts, silversmithing at Georg Jensen and glass painting at Thomas Goode. Hopping from store to mews to ateliers, we accessed, admired (and at times acquired) an incredible variety of skills, artists and goods, bringing our happiness-o-metre to its highest level.

London Craft Week: My Best-Of, Part I

The London Craft Week (LCW) program took us across the city from Bank to Kensal Green, Southwark to Mayfair. With over 300 ateliers, workshops, artists’ demonstrations, lectures and exhibits, it was impossible to do it all. We chose to concentrate on jewelry-related activities but could not pass on the opportunity to visit the private members club at The Ned for a glass blowing demonstration, Louboutin boutique for spectacular wood painted bowls, Little Alstock for furniture design and marquetry handbags.

The Courage of Bespoke

The thrill of having a custom-made piece of jewelry is often tempered by the anxiety of not knowing what you are going to get in the end. Few of us have enough imagination, vision and knowledge to really envisage in detail what the final bauble will look like. To give you the courage to take the leap, I’m going to share a few tips with you.

Join me for Jewelry & Architecture in Barcelona

I was blown away by the city on my research trip: it’s gorgeous and so alive. The exceptional food (17 Michelin star restaurants), vibrant street life and ubiquitous art keep you wanting more. The city’s centuries-old history is ever-present and what could have been an architectural hodge-podge is more like a treasure hunt.

From Tehran to Toronto: Pasha Moezzi’s Jewelry Journey

Pasha’s got an interesting story. He grew up in Tehran in a family of aesthetes, jewelry and fashion lovers. Listening to him talk about his upbringing, I could visualise the extreme elegance and refinement that has always been a trademark of Iranian society. His father, a furniture maker, privileged a minimal approach and has been a great inspiration to Pasha’s jewelry.  

John Moore, Contemporary Jewelry without Borders

On my recent trip to London I caught up with John Moore, winner of the Goldsmiths’ Company Award for his “Lacewing Verto” necklace. I asked John to select his favourite works from the recent Collect exhibit at the Saatchi gallery. As you will see, there is very little contemporary jewelry — but John is fascinated by all sorts of disciplines.

An Interview with London Craft Week

With the upcoming London trip in partnership with London Craft Week, I sat down with them to discuss everything Rue Pigalle: how jewellery can tell a story, the careful curation of my bespoke trips and why the emotional connection with handmade objects is more important than ever.