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Kickstart Winners 2018

Aishleen Lester, Le Ster Jewellery

Founding designer at Le Ster; Aishleen Lester arrived in the world of jewellery via a slightly unconventional route. Having finished her Masters at the Royal Academy she worked as an artist making large sculptural installations, working with the Riflemaker Gallery in Soho. Her work was exhibited internationally, shown in galleries in London and New York and saw her collaborate with choreographers and dancers creating interactive stage sets. She worked on larger commissions, such as that for Selfridges where she made an installation for their Wonder Windows. Holding her love of an artistic narrative close she tested her creative limits and began working on smaller scale pieces that could exist within the everyday lives of her enthusiasts. Following her enrolment into a soldering course she moved from strength to strength.

Having worked for a number jewellers in 2017 Aishleen launched Le Ster Jewellery, a brand which offers, unique, modern designs drawn from the narratives of art. The first collection, Light through the Grey, combines the graphics of Pop Art, Lichenstein and Warhol, with the dynamic explosions of fireworks, a celebration of energy and confidence, a reminder to light up the skies.

 
 

Elisavet Messi, Elisavet Messi

Elisavet Messi is an award-winning Greek jeweller that handcrafts limited collections and bespoke pieces from her London based studio.

Known for her creative and innovative use of wire, she tries to base her work on efficient essentialism; by embracing the properties of the materials used. Creating this way minimal, timeless designs with sculptural values that are highlighted by the use of sustainable materials.

"Over the years I was really looking for a way to merge opposite ideas and find a balance between chaos and order, organic and geometric, a balance similar to the one that the wearer has to create in everyday life."

Elisavet has recently won the Gold award of the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers as a part of the Goldsmith's Craftmanship and design awards.

 
 

Helen Mangral, Helen Rankin Jewellery

With the ultimate focus always on movement and wearability, Helen's jewellery exudes modernity and simplicity. Her signature aesthetic is defined by angles, interlocking, overlapping, contrast and scale. Based in her Hove workshop Helen utilises rapid prototyping technology to achieve perfect symmetry and combines it with traditional jewellery techniques. Meticulous hand finishing maintains a luxury feel to the collections.

 
 

Karina Fagras, Blush & Bashful

The idea for Blush & Bashful’s interchangeable signet jewellery collection began over a decade ago after Karina fell in love with a friend’s signet ring.

The demi-fine range features interchangeable signets set within distinctive sterling silver settings. Karina draws inspiration for her work from nature, symbolism, and the traditional English countryside. Her designs combine clean modern lines with the intricate detailing of period jewellery, resulting in eye-catching pieces suitable for everyday wear.

On her motivation to design jewellery, Karina said: “As a little girl, I loved exploring my mother’s jewellery boxes. It felt like I had discovered a treasure trove. I became a designer to create stunning pieces that inspire and delight the wearer.”

 
 

Natalie Ball, Natalie Perry Jewellery

Natalie Perry creates ethical and sustainable fine jewellery. Each piece of jewellery is made using Fairtrade Gold and recycled silver, inspired by the stories the designer has collected on her travels. Through themes of unconventional beauty, imperfection and disintegration, the collections convey a delicate and fragmented aesthetic.

Natalie developed her signature style and craft at Middlesex University after completing a Batchelor’s degree in Jewellery & Accessories in 2014. During this time she worked as a designer for diamond and gemstone experts, Kothari Jewels in Jaipur, where she specialised in fine hand rendering of traditional Kundan Meena jewellery. Upon her return to London, she assisted leading British jewellery designer, Alice Cicolini before moving into the vibrant world of jewellery PR.

Natalie Perry Jewellery launched in 2017 and the debut Floral Fragments collection was born. It has been featured in leading titles such as The Times, JFW Magazine, Global Blue and A Magazine.

 
 

Ruth Chipperfield, Ruth Mary Jewellery

Ruth Mary’s silver lace jewellery collection gives traditional lacemaking a contemporary twist. Consumers connect with stories, and hers is a compelling one. Taking inspiration from couture embroidery and royal court dress, Ruth Mary hand stitches each design with a needle and silk thread to form highly unique lace prototypes. The delicate silver jewellery born from these motifs is a stylish reminder of the timelessness of lace, with the additional option of gold plating available.

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