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So I’ve just received my package of work back from The European Prize for Contemporary Applied Arts which has been exhibited in Mons, Belgium for the last few months. it came packaged along with the most beautiful exhibition catalogue I’ve had my work included in to date! For anyone wanting a copy check out the World Crafts Council Belgium website.
Over 100 makers from 19 countries exhibited so it was a real honour to be one of 5 jewellers/silversmiths from the UK including my good friend Sally Collins, Lecturer at Birmingham’s jewellery school, Zoe Robertson and designers Andrew Lamb and Hiroshi Suzuki.
The “Young Talent Prize” was awarded to Rosa Nogues Freixas of Spain.
Halves, pieces 2, 2008, Porcelain, silver, steel.
The “Master Prize” was awarded to Graziano Visintin of Italy.
Brooch, Gold, silver, niello.
Though I was unable to attend, from the photographs it looked like a fabulous venue and well organised event … glad Saloukee Jewellery was part of it!!
Ok … excitable with an edge of angst … bursting with an smidge of sensibility … and smiling with a daunted look in my eye … but yet still smiling!
I LOVE this industry … it couldn’t be a bigger roller coaster … the highs and lows drive me crazy but the small accomplishments seem to trigger my focus onward, upward and into oblivion!
So … I WON THE SHELL LIVE WIRE GRAND IDEA AWARD!! Wooopee!! Not only was that lovely in itself … to get my hands on the cash to take me sailing towards Origin in October … but it was an honour to be judged highest marks in all of the judges categories … this game certainly isn’t about just being able to make things look pretty … I can be one to assure you of that!
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Having now been short listed down to a final 8 … All I need now is votes in favour of my ‘grand idea’!
Please do forgive me for my less than perfect pitch but with a nasty bout of tonsillitis and only half an evening to come up with something, you’ll just have to have faith in me that my jewellery rocks!
Please cast your ‘very well selected’ votes here!
If you are able to forward this email to any other networks or interested friends, Saloukee promises to buy you champagne when Vogue is knocking on the door ; )
I will keep you posted as to how I get on … crossing all things cross-able : ) signing out … Saloukee x
Following a great week…Saloukee has been receiving some local and national press in all the very right places 😉
check these articles out…
In my local paper ‘Sarah’s a shining example!!’
In Retail Jeweller ‘Sarah Kelly…scoops award!!‘
In Jewellery Focus ‘Awarded to Sarah Kelly for her exceptional designs!!’
In Benchpeg Newsletter ‘dynamic, immaculately crafted…pieces!’ check out pg 26 for all the details!
ooo errrrr can’t be bad…and that thing I mentioned previously in the beauty of blogging…blogging quite simply rules…Saloukee has now been featured in another blog about laser cut jewellery…all the way over in New Zealand…take a look at ‘laser cut jewellery from A to Z’ by Ponoko. AND the clever thing with this blogging lark is the breadth of people worldwide it can reach…Creative Adoration from Canada saw my jewellery on Ponoko and now they have written a very lovely blog too 🙂 check it out!
Oh…oh and lastly…(even if it in Portuguese!) take a look at this ‘Jewellery in Paper’ blog…hmm yummy!
…with this wind in my sails, I’m off to the workshop following bank holiday to get me some new beauties created…so watch this space for new piccies very soon 🙂
Saloukee has indeed received a rather sparkly award from the British jewellers Association no less!! It all happened at the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, a show described as ‘the very best British makers … instrumental in influencing future trends within the industry’. The Fair was a trade only and therefore meant it was not open to the public but with ‘buyers travelling from all over the world’- apparently!!!
I was the only jeweller to be presented with an award at the fair which as a newcomer was a huge surprise and a great honour!! After being shortlisted to a final 8 exhibitors by the British Jewellers Association panel of three judges, I was eventually awarded the prize for ‘Excellence in Jewellery’ for my ‘Dynamic, immaculately crafted and commercially viable pieces’. The prize that I won includes £1000 worth of publicity and one year’s free membership to the British Jewellers Association as well as a beautiful winner’s trophy- a pewter bowl designed and made by Sheffield pewterer and silversmith Keith Tyssen … check me out!!
Aside from that the Trade Fair also brought editions to the Saloukee debut ‘To Cherish’ collection. More commercially viable pieces, which I hope will appeal to a broader spectrum of individuals. These are due on the online shop very soon, so watch this space to bag yourself a piece of the action!!
I also had another good bit of news last week, which was the fact that I’ve just been accepted into ‘Origin: The London Craft Fair’- said to be the ‘very best of craft talent’ with exhibitors being a mixture of national and international designer makers. The event had over 700 applications this year and will be held in Somerset House in London in October and I’m so very excited!! Even more so now I know at least three of my fellow Design Space buddies are to be part of it too!! Go Clare, Sang and Louise!!