COSMIMA presents the latest handcrafted jewellery and silverware from nine leading UK designers. For the 14th annual show, the five fine jewellery designers of the COSMIMA collective have invited two jewellers working in non-precious materials and two silversmiths to join them this November in Clerkenwell.
One-off pieces in silver, gold and precious stones sit alongside compositions crafted using Formica, wood and silicone; all hand made in the UK, displaying an exciting array of processes and sculptural forms. All works will be on show and for sale from 22nd – 25th November with a private view on Thursday 22nd.
COSMIMA are known for selecting respected and cutting-edge designers for their annual show. All nine designers exhibit internationally and their works can be found in the permanent collections of the V&A, the Goldsmiths’ Company, Crafts Council, Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge and National Museums Scotland.
The five core members of COSMIMA are Hidemi Asano, Chris Carpenter, Ulla Hörnfeldt, Daphne Krinos and Louise O’Neill; fine jewellers and contemporaries who met over fourteen years ago and have collaborated ever since, while building profiles independently for their work around the globe.
The work of each designer is distinctive but bound by a commitment to craftsmanship, quality and consideration of processes, materials, techniques and visual narrative. This year colour and materiality emerge as a central themes across the work from all nine designers. From Daphne Krinos’ graphic lines in black oxidised silver and gold, to the delicate colour gradients in Louise O’Neill’s jewellery and textured metals from Hidemi Asano, the organic forms from Chris Carpenter to the unique and vivid stones used by Ulla Hörnfeld.
Award-winning guest designer, Adi Toch, creates complex patinas on metal with gestural forms, while Simone ten Hompel speaks of metal being her first language with her critically acclaimed, and widely collected work, using a vocabulary of metal, form and function.
Guest jewellers, Isabelle Busnel and Emily Kidson show how non-precious materials can create playful and dynamic pieces; Emily celebrates colour in Formica and wood, while Isabelle uses silicone to create tactile jewellery which is both unexpected and instantly engaging.