This year’s NAJ Award for Excellence at BCTF Harrogate was won by Brighton jeweller Alice Barnes.

7 April 2017

This year’s NAJ Award for Excellence at BCTF Harrogate was won by Brighton jeweller Alice Barnes.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have won this award, especially considering the high level of skill and talent on display at this year’s BCTF. I’ve worked so hard in these first 3 years of business to make collections that combine traditional skills with contemporary and commercial concepts, and it’s really rewarding to receive this kind of recognition.

My collections originate from a playful exercise in which I limited my materials to a small square of silver sheet. By carefully piercing, forming and sometimes combining squares I realised that just as in origami there were endless possibilities, and this was the beginning of my ‘Square Roots’ range. My latest collection ‘Pleated’ continues to be inspired by paper, but to get the sharp folds and weighty quality I wanted to achieve I decided to turn to wax carving and the ancient lost wax process. I carefully hand carve each section front and back to create elegant pieces with a touch of art deco sophistication.” Stated Alice

With over seventy selected jewellers exhibiting at the show judging by Caroline Kindy, a director of Element Jewellery of Hebden Bridge and Lindsey Straughton NAJ Jewellery Industry Promotions Ambassador was so close two highly commented certificates were awarded! Firstly to Kathryn Williamson for her silver jewellery range incorporating laser engraved cut acrylic and reclaimed ceramic and also to Sara Bukumunhe  of SaraBuk Jewellery for her Sewn-UP range which adds colour to textures silver Jewellery through stitching in coloured threads.

“A pleasure to be linked with this show that always delivers exciting and unusual product that is commercially viable. Thanks goes to Caroline for helping pick out these worthy winners” added Lindsey Straughton.

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Born in London, Alice was always influenced by the strong architectural lines that surrounded her whilst growing up. She now draws complex beauty from the simplest of forms to make elegant, contemporary jewellery with meticulous attention to detail. Her work is influenced by the cuts, folds and repetition used in paper art, and draws on lines, angles and repetitive shapes for inspiration.

Emulating stiff pleated fabric, shards of reflective glass and folded paper, the Pleated Collection has an art deco like quality with a contemporary edge. Each design has been delicately hand carved from jewellers wax, cast in precious metals and matt finished to give a soft, subtle sheen. 

Alice began her studies at the Chelsea College of Art and went on to study jewellery and silversmithing at the illustrious School of Jewellery in Birmingham where she won awards for her innovative creations. She then spent ten years working within the jewellery trade honing her design and bench skills before establishing her own company in 2014 in Brighton where she now lives.

Highly Commended

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