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Come and meet Saloukee’s creative director Sarah kelly and her new jewellery creations at Top Drawer on stand Q28 at Olympia this weekend. The event with showcase the most beautiful selection of design-led gifts and fashion accessories. Entrance is FREE is you register online before the event.

We hope to see you there!

Love Saloukee x

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It’s now officially Spring and this time of year always seems to bring a little more optimism to people when the sun is shining outside when you wake up in the morning.

Spring on 'emedemarta' blog

Spring on ’emedemarta’ blog

At the start of this year I’d found myself buried for months in my book … with some days feeling like I made giant steps … and other days feeling like I’d made no progress at all but I persevered and now I see light at the end of the tunnel. For most of the process it has been a pleasure. To work with 5 very talented designers,  from product, textile and educational backgrounds has been eye opening and I hope I’m correct when speaking on their behalf, to say that it’s been a steep and welcomed learning curve for everyone involved.

I always dreamed of writing a book. Yet I can’t say I ever thought it would grace my path, at this stage of my career and at the age of 27. Quite surreal to think that I’ll be an author by the age of 28 … not that it hasn’t aged me more quickly in the process!

book writing-editing-changing

book writing-editing-changing

But after having many ‘full-on’ day of reading, editing, checking, changing then changing back again, writing and then rewriting and then writing some more, I find it strange that I often crave a little bit of light relief by writing my a blog entry! …

But really I wanted to write this blog as a bit of visual light relief. It’s great to have a nose around some other blogs and see what inspires and takes your fancy … and these are just a few little beauties that have caught my eyes in recently …

Joji Kojima On 'A Thousand Facets' Blog

Joji Kojima On ‘A Thousand Facets’ Blog

ORISHIKI Suitcase found on Behance network

ORISHIKI Suitcase found on Behance network

 

Ropes by Christian Haas on Pleat Farm

Ropes by Christian Haas on Pleat Farm

Hina Aoyama Paper cuts on Upon a Fold

Hina Aoyama Paper cuts on Upon a Fold

and watch my new inspirations come to ‘light’ with my new collaborative work with designer Hannah Stockham, we will be showing our work in a showcase hosted and organised by Make:Space in April, join our Facebook or newsletter for more details.

With love and good fortune, Saloukee x

It’s time to take a look a some of the wonderful places Saloukee has been seen in lately … time to sit back and appreciate some progress I think! 

Current exhibitions Saloukee can be found at in the UK include: 

Paper Art See, The Easton Rooms, The Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex 

22/05/2010 – 04/07/2010  

An exhibition showing the extraordinary work in paper by the following artists: Josh Baum, Eleanor Cardwell, Sher Christopher, Lorna Crabbe, Suzanne Juta, Oona Patterson, Alix Swan and Richard Sweeney

From Pulp, Craft in The Bay, Cardiff  

15.05.2010 – 04.07.2010  

An exhibition which gives insight into the innovative applications of paper into contemporary applied art in the UK. Seven artists have been invited to exhibit in “From Pulp” … Carol Farrow, Shellie Holden, Sasha Kingston, Hannah Lobley, Sabrina Meyns, Gill Willson and Saloukee of course!

Saloukee can also be seen in a number of stockists throughout Europe:

Spiegelgasse 8 Gallery (sister gallery to the renowned Tony Subal Gallery) for ‘design and art objects’, situated in the heart of Vienna… 

Spiegelgasse 8 Gallery, Austria

Also in Alto Galleria, ‘modern and contemporary art jewels’ situated in beautiful Brussels…

 Check out Saloukee’s jewellery in the window above …

Paper seems to be taking world by storm at the moment too … about time I’d say … but check out these lovely exhibitions Saloukee has had the honour to be part of recently …  

An amazing exhibition of designers who use folding and pleating techniques in their work. Galerie Handwerk, Germany … sees Saloukee jewellery sitting alongside work by the likes of Molo Design (previously blogged about by Saloukee) Tine de Ruysser and Naoki Takeyama to name but a few … 

Also in the beautifully curated ‘Paperficial’ exhibition at ‘Craft 2EU’ in Hamburg, Germany … 

Which showed works by artists who either work in paper or who design works where the material is treated like paper. Designers include the likes of Astrid Keller, Beate Eismann and Leah Miles to name but a few…

And of course not forgetting the BIGGEST project Saloukee has on at the moment … oh … just the writing of a book on ‘paper jewellery’!! Oh yes … it’s well under way … the projects are named and the designers are being sought … just for the mammoth task of writing … so watch this space for developments!

That’s you updated … signing off, Saloukee x 

I’m always fascinated by the sheer genius of other designers … there’s just so many beautiful products out there that need some recognition!  I love the concept that such amazing 3 dimensional objects can be made from something that started from just sheets of lovely paper, as flat as a pancake!

‘Pleated Pleat Stool’- from ‘Raw Edges Design Studio’

(a collaboration between Yael Mer & Shay Alkalay)

‘Green Berry Tea’ by Natalia Ponomareva.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Infinity’ and ‘Q card’ creations by Masahiro Chatani, the master of Origamic Architecture. Available for purchase on my new favourite shop Upon a Fold.

‘Ruff’ by Millie Cockton

‘Wetfolded watercolour paper’ by Richard Sweeney – who saloukee  has the honour of exhibiting with in the summer at ‘Paper Artsy’ at Rye Art Gallery.

So those are my little treasures for today…yummy! : )

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.

PEAA banner

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 Prizewas 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!!

Saloukee jewellery showcase at the Prize for Contemporary Applied Arts

So I’ve been to Amsterdam a couple of times and simply could not wait to return. One of the most beautifully inspiring cities I’ve ever visited in my life. Also a city I’d love to live in some day, whenever I’ve been there, I’ve always felt an amazing contentment.Visiting again (even if it was a little rainy in November) revealed its charms all over again to me! Quirky cobbled streets, elegantly tall bowing building, canals which contours shape the city, dainty galleries and antique shops at every corner you turn, stunning locals navigating expertly on their bicycles inbetween the bustling trams … dreamy I’d say  : )

and then after a long journey through the night we arrived at our venue for Sieraad … and there I was again falling in love all over again!! The venue, an old gas works was simply breathtaking!!

Sieraad building

There were some great British representation there too and a little glimpse of a Saloukee ‘Solitary Bracelet’ even made it on to the advertisement for the event…which was seen on billboards around the city!

Sieraad 09 Flyer

I found there was an originality at this show, different to England. Though I was a little surprised that the typical Dutch persons’ taste was more reserved than the English!! My work seemed to be some of the ‘wackiest’ there!

So my highlights:

  • Organising, travelling and staying with the wonderful Miss Sally Collins (Since she’s become the lovely Mrs Cole!) whose giggles, organisation and general sweet nature made the trip so enjoyable! An ex loughborough student & design space candidate none the less 😉
  • Speaking to galleries from all over Europe who will purchase collections, rather than take on sale and return- yipee!!
  • Selling jewellery to clients who have ‘Nel Linssen’ pieces in their collection … an honour and liestone for me!
  • watching quizzical Dutch ( who tend not to be as tactful as us overly polite English!) say ‘mooie, mooie’ over and over…luckily it meant ‘beautiful’ 🙂
  • Attaining stockists in Brussels, Amsterdam and Dusseldorf
  • Tasting the Dutch culinary delights and ice cold beer after a long day of standing on your feet!!

It was exciting too, to get a bit of press coverage- with credit given to the hard working organisers of Sieraad!

An article from Asia’s premiere glossy for Luxury Jewellery, ‘Luxx Magazine’

LUXX Magazine

 Saloukee featured in German Jewellery Magazine ‘GZ’ in Nov 09 edition.

GZ Magazine, Nov 09

Saloukee ‘Flock Brooch’ featured in ‘AD Weekend’ Magazine.

AD Weekend Magazine

So all in all, much fun had by all, well worth the adventure outside of the UK!

 S x

So Origin was a little bit ago now but what with the aftermath,  followed by Christmas … time now comes to put up some piccies of the event!

Highlights for me included:

  • Sharing a stand with the both lovely and talented Moon Young Shin even if she did give me a stinking cold ; )
  • Meeting countless inspiring designers who exhibited beautifully in the surroundings near my stand, Louise Chesshire, Clare Pardoe, Leila Arzaghi, Sangeun Kim, Jacqueline Cullen, Mary Jane Evans, Jo Gordon, Tanya Igic, Laura Thomas and Sarah Tyssen. What an honour and fulfilled  ambition it was to be a first time exhibitor at Origin, accompanied by both new and established creative minds!!
  • Having students tell me that my work was their favourite at the entire show 🙂
  • Being ask to write a book, become a visiting lecturer and undertake workshops giving arty folk an insight in my paper world!
  • Having the biggest orders placed by gentlemen for their wives as Christmas presents- ahhh!!
  • Having my work appreciated by not only English folk but from visitors from countries worldwide, it really made for interesting conversation!
  • Having my work selected by top fashion stylist Sophie Kenningham as one of her favourite fashion items of the entire show!
  • Having people comment on my display choice, nearly as much as my jewellery!!
  • To finally have months of stress, hard work and sleepless nights culminate into something I could show friends, family and admirers alike, what the fuss was all about!

All in all, I can honestly say it was a hugely successful show for me as a first time exhibitor and a real accomplishment & milestone for Saloukee! : ) x