Over 130 designer-makers participate in the Fair – a combination of established and emerging talents working across the UK, as well as recent graduates. The Goldsmiths’ Company has supported gold and silversmiths for close to 700 years, the Company is one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies of the City of London and received its Royal Charter in 1327.
Goldsmiths' Fair | 2021
The 2021 Goldsmiths’ Fair is this year once again a physical event taking place in the familiar surroundings of Goldsmiths’ Hall, the Grade I listed building just two minutes from St Paul’s Cathedral.
Nature and the natural world have always been a source of inspiration for artists and makers however this year the work of many of the jewellers indicates a closer focus on the environment. The tiniest details of blossoms and leaves are replicated in fine gold by Kayo Saito, Ruth Tomlinson’s pieces are inspired by underwater worlds and sea creatures and Fred Rich’s Moth pins in micro cloisonné enamel pay tribute to the rich colour palette and intriguing patterns to be discovered in this often overlooked species.
Alongside the Fair an exhibition, Rings: A World of Invention, drawn from the Goldsmiths’ Collection looks at the history of the ring with an emphasis on the 1960s when designs benefitted from the influence of the international scene which emerged at the end of World War II, leading to an expansion in the skillbase in conjunction with the adoption of novel techniques and the use of modern materials. The work of three major designers, Dorothy Hogg, Wendy Ramshaw and Gerda Flockinger is showcased here.
‘based on the arrangement of a series of very simple abstract shapes which have come together in varying combinations, scales and relationships’
Wendy Ramshaw describing her ringsets