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The craft&design Selected Awards 2012 - Specialist Judges

craft&design Selected Awards

Lindsey Straughton
Lindsey Straughton
Jewellery & Precious Metal Category

Lindsey Straughton

Lindsey Straughton, who is PR and Marketing Manager at the British Jewellers’ Association (BJA), and an ambassador for London Jewellery Week, has long experience in the field of craft jewellery. She has an excellent eye for design and her regular attendance at major jewellery trade events throughout the world means that she is well informed about global fashion trends. During her time at the BJA Lindsey has done much to grow its now thriving Designer Craft section and works closely with member companies which include precious-metal jewellers, fashion jewellers and silversmiths. Her interest in skills, both traditional and modern, has led her to sit on committees and advisory boards including the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre in Birmingham.

Over the years she has done much to help those in the craft section to grow their businesses. A recent ‘London Jewellery Exports’ project, which she co-ordinated for the BJA, facilitated over 100 designers based in the capital to explore overseas markets; while at home, as curator of ‘KickStart’ � an annual group exhibition stand at International Jewellery London � she has helped many other design led businesses from throughout the country to reach the British retail audience. Having taken part in PYBT projects, Debut Design and Mentoring Matters she is also an experienced business mentor and reports that she likes nothing more than seeing her prot�g�es find business success.

On a personal note she is an avid supporter of the growing movement towards an ethical supply chain and more transparency in the jewellery industry; encouraging the BJA to join the Responsible Jewellery Council from its inception. A highlight this year was visiting the first certified Fair Trade gold mine in Bolivia even if it was at extreme altitude!

Judge’s Statement

It was with great pleasure that I accepted the daunting task of judging the craft&design Selected Award for Jewellery and Precious Metals 2012. I am really pleased that I could support Angie and Paul’s enthusiastic efforts to push craft to the forefront. I am pleased to have selected Jesa Marshall as this year’s Gold Award winner. She not only produces stunning work but imparts her knowledge through her craft skill courses and has recently set up a new design partnership business ‘Evermore’.

Jesa studied at the Sir John Cass under the guidance of tutors who had worked in the trade in Hatton Garden for many years. She was traditionally trained in stone setting, piercing, casting and wax carving. As Jesa herself stated on her entry form she learnt to make very intricate traditional jewellery which, although not to her taste at the time, enabled her to really follow her fascination with mould making, casting techniques, stone setting and fine piercing. It is this fantastic knowledge that has guided Jesa through the exploration and experimentation of her art and has grounded her enough to produce elaborate, yet commercially viable, product with exquisite attention to detail and excellent finish. Jesa works predominantly in sterling silver, often finished with a dark patina and highlighted with semi precious stones; so her new ‘Firebird’ range, inspired by a picture book celebrating 100 years of Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird’, incorporates handcrafted wild woodland, wolves and the elegant firebird to an enchanting effect.

Praise must go to all the finalists who all received a tremendous number of votes. Craig Stuart’s unique adaptations of Mokume Gane and Julia Thompson’s on trend ‘one for sorrow, two for joy’ range enjoy special note and Silver accolades.

I would like to encourage all of you craftsmen, who would like to keep their skills set alive at grass roots level and give something back to their industry, to review taking on an apprentice under the newly re-launched jewellery industry and government apprenticeship programme.

Wishing everyone an amazing Craft & Design Month 2012

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