LDF2023 Jewellery & Metalwork Showroom
Infinite Dimensions: Unveiling Miniature
The miniature has captivated our imagination for centuries, offering a unique perspective on the world. It unlocks a multitude of possibilities, inviting us to enter a universe where size and scale are redefined. Through this exhibition, we seek to celebrate the boundless creativity, meticulous craftsmanship, and transformative power that miniatures possess.
What is it
Alsolike is a multi-brand boutique specialising in jewellery and objects dedicated to creating a connection between art objects and everyday life. With a focus on craftsmanship, materials, structure and texture, the shop discovers and supports independent designer brands with an elegant and unique style that aims to be a filter for customers when choosing jewellery, accessories and homeware.
In this exclusive showcase, we are excited to introduce a selection of designer jewellery brands that are making their debut in the UK at the Shoreditch Design Triangle. These brands will be unveiling their latest collections for the Spring/Summer 2024 season at our showroom. Each piece has been meticulously handpicked for its exceptional quality, captivating aesthetics, and distinct features. Many of these designers are graduates of renowned art institutions. After years of dedicating themselves to building their brands worldwide, they are now presenting their creations in the UK for the first time.
As part of the experience, we are hosting a captivating exhibition entitled "Infinite Dimensions: Unveiling Miniature," specifically dedicated to small-scale art pieces. Unlike traditional group exhibitions where smaller artworks often go unnoticed, this exhibition focuses on showcasing the materials, craftsmanship, and intricate details of miniature artworks. It presents the latest works of local makers within the past year, highlighting their artistic growth and innovation.
Prepare yourself for an encounter with extraordinary finds that are rarely seen in the UK. Join us as we celebrate these exceptional brands' innovative and distinctive creations, where art and craftsmanship intertwine to offer a truly unique and inspiring experience.
When is it
16th September - 24th September
Monday -Saturday 10:30 - 18:30
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00
Where to visit
16 Chance Street
What to expect
Founded in 2018, A-D-JUST is a variation of the English word adjust, which means 'to adjust'. The designer uses a tongue-in-cheek approach to explore the possibilities of contemporary jewellery and presents it in a unique style that adjusts people's preconceptions of jewellery. Influenced by the period of isolation and lockdown endured by the world, A-D-Just has created a collection of watch accessories that encapsulate this unique experience. The Showroom will be showcasing the latest in this collection. A-D-Just's designs range from the "88:88 Watch" symbolizing the cessation of time to the "Heart Lock Watch," which articulates a sense of celibacy.
In ancient Greek mythology, the protagonist Odysseus encounters Aeolus, the god of the wind. Aeolus generously gifts Odysseus a bag that contains all the winds to aid him on his epic journey. The name Aeolus symbolises designer Julio's wild imagination with Greek mythology. Each piece of jewellery is more like an individual piece that carries an individual story, from Michelangelo’s David to the god of wine, from architecture to skeletons, from life to death. Come and listen to Julio's stories at this event.
IVY J STUDIO is a newly founded accessory brand by the architecture designer Ivy. It is a project reborn after 9 professional years in architecture. This creative adventure into wearable artwork is extended from Ivy’s passion & experience in architecture design. All the pieces are created through computational digital generative modelling and scripting, fabricated in non-traditional material with 3D Printed technology. The brand unveils the artistic and intimate relationship between the human body and space. It isn’t just a jewellery brand; Ivy considers itself a small architectural spatial dialogue with the body.
Miya, the designer of M.Wong, is a poet who completes her poems in silver, and her collections usually come from her own feelings in life. Her latest collection is the result of a self-imposed struggle. She had started a smooth but boring professional life according to the expectations of her traditional East Asian parents, but soon decided that this boring life wasn't sustainable for her as an artist, so she started to create, founded a brand, and started a new life that seemed to be rebellious as if breaking the peace of a stagnant pool of water. That's why she named this chapter of poems written in silver jewellery is named 'Stirring up a river’.
Like an elf, like a fairy, like a dream that can't be described in words. These are the words that usually come to mind when you see Moonbank's work. Founded in California, USA, Moonbank as a jewellery brand hopes to serve as a moon bank that "collects the moon and stores romance", carrying novelty and unconventional romance without following the trend.
Susi Somos has always been known for the exquisite texture of the jewellery. ‘Sense of being comfortable in the sand’ is the topic of the latest collection ‘ASLEEP ON THE SAND’. Inspired by the Roaring Twenties in the 1920s, some incongruous combination of modernism and anti-tradition spirit, The Designer trying to create unrestrained Jewellery pieces by using unfettered gem forms and the sense of perfection and imperfection that are not defined by tradition.
She employs forging and other silversmithing techniques to create interactive rotating structures and parallel circles. Utilizing photo transfer processes, she transforms images of women and their growing environment into visible mediums. This articulates the complex, yet mutually independent interactions between LGBTQ+ women and their families.
Dixin’s work interrogates the relationship between time and matter, body and environment, past and present. In her defiance of the lines separating jewellery and conceptual art, Dixin’s interactive pieces reimagine the notion of jewellery and have the potential to adorn the body in a multitude of ways. Inspired by naturally occurring textures, these works are meant to emulate the effects of time on matter. The interactive synthesis of metal and eggshells reflects the sturdiness that delicate things often possess.
Haozhe Chang has had a fascination with jewellery since she was a child. After completing her undergraduate degree in biopharmaceuticals in China, she set out on a journey to explore jewellery. In order to build a systematic cognition of jewellery, she first studied jewellery in Milan for three years. Afterwards, based on her curiosity about British culture and interest in British jewellery, she decided to further her studies in the UK for a Master's degree in jewellery.
Isabella Bedlington's artistic exploration delves into the contemplation of the afterlife's significance within the human experience. She undertakes inquiries that revolve around the intriguing possibility of the present existence being a continuation of a former life. The genesis of her artistic journey finds its roots in a jade ring-shaped object known as the Bi, a venerable artefact from Chinese heritage that historically accompanied departed souls on their passage to the afterlife.
Isabella's perspective aligns the concept of an afterlife with the intricate fabric of time itself. Within this framework, numerous lifetimes pivot, concealed within the enigma of time. Evoking the essence of this philosophy, Isabella's collection embodies the torus' cyclic form, which symbolizes the perpetual cycle of mortality and rebirth inherent in all corporeal entities. Distinct narratives are etched into each torus, expressed through meticulous interplays of patterns and textures.
Her method entails a meticulous, repetitive crafting process, akin to meditation, with each detail mindfully attended to. This deliberate practice instils an enduring quality within the act of creation, mirroring the ceaseless expedition of an afterlife.
Working mainly with metal, Jacky has created small hand-held objects through to large-scale architectural pieces for commissions, residencies and exhibitions. Having initially trained as a jeweller, Jacky has developed a broad and open approach to fluidly developing ideas, drawing from a range of metalwork techniques and processes. The hands-on manipulation of materials, metal, in particular, is something that she is passionate about. These include soldering, piercing, etching and enamelling, as well as blacksmithing and silversmithing techniques. This allows Jacky’s approach to each piece to respond sensitively to the subject matter. Her work brings together narratives from a range of sources, contemporary and historic, including archive material, interviews and handwritten notes. Scrutinising both form and surface, she strives to bring the material to life, interrogating the qualities of the material. Investigating how they can be combined to create artefacts, stimulates viewers to consider and reflect on the piece in a number of levels. Each project is completely unique, `Collages surface with cut-through details of archive material, are often supported on a linear structure. Using light and shadows in her work, allows the viewer to see beyond, a sometimes complex structure, to a simpler bolder message.
Jacky was selected by the Crafts Council for Collect Open in 2020 and the project was awarded an Arts Council grant. The We are Commoners Project gave Jacky the opportunity to create "Breaking Borders", a sculpture inspired by the loss of habitat experienced by both human refugees and the natural world, which has toured, with the rest of the exhibition, to eight venues around the UK. In 2022 she was awarded the Cockpit Bursary by the Worshipful Company of Tinplate alias Wireworkers. She has recently completed a commission for the Somerset Rural Life Museum, "Horse Power", which was funded by Somerset Art Works and The Golsoncott Foundation. During her residencies, she has created work that is now in the permanent collections of Poole Museum and Teignmouth and Shaldon Museum. For her University of Leicester Botanic Garden residency, she created three sculptures, including one informed by the captivating forms of a pin oak, now on permanent display in its grounds. She is currently the Bunhill Artist in Residence in Islington, London.
Kangyi Zhang is a metal and jewellery artist who recently graduated from the Royal College of Art and whose work is deeply inspired by her emotions. Using metal as her medium of choice, she creates pieces that embody her personal narrative. Each work reflects a specific moment in her life, drawing inspiration from her surroundings and the people who have shaped her journey. The craftsmanship in her projects encompasses a range of techniques, including forging, and wax carving. With hand forging, she skillfully manipulates metal to create desired shapes and forms, imbuing each piece with a unique touch. Wax carving allows her to intricately carve and refine details to achieve an organic aesthetic.
In this showroom, she has chosen artworks from three of her narrative jewellery projects. Within the 'Interpreting Principle,' she uses her jewellery design to explain intriguing theories. 'Gift Shop - City' presents a collection of objects that serve as souvenirs, acting as triggers for cherished memories. The project ‘Penguin, Shrimp, Surrogacy’ presents a scenario in which a penguin seeks a shrimp as its surrogate mother, creating an unexpected imaginary situation that invites contemplation.
Inspired by the installation of windows in buildings, Lois sees parallels between this process and the stone setting. Just as windows require the right frame to secure them, she understands the delicate dance between the stone and its setting structure. Meticulous attention to detail, a deep understanding of materials, and an aesthetic eye are necessary to achieve a perfect equilibrium, where the stone shines while the setting complements and elevates its presence.
Drawing from contemporary architecture, Lois explores unconventional angles, shapes, and structures in her stone settings. Stones need not always face upward; they can be displayed from the side or underneath and set at different angles. Rejecting traditional rules, Lois carves into the stone itself to create the fitting structure, considering it an integral part of the design.
In her collection, Lois incorporates elements reminiscent of scaffolding, beams, and industrial structures to set stones at varying angles. By utilising the unique properties of smoky quartz, she achieves a gradient effect resembling dawn. The geometric cuts of baguette stones enhance their shine, supported by stainless steel structures that benefit the wearer.
“In the earliest Sumerian writings, the Anunnaki were descendants of An and Ki, the god of the heavens and the goddess of the earth. They were a group of deities of the ancient Sumerians, Akkadians, Assyrians and Babylonians, who lived on the planet Nibiru. Nibiru collided catastrophically with Tiamat, located between Mars and Jupiter. Tiamat split in two. Nibiru struck one part on a second pass, which became the asteroid belt. The other part was pushed into a new orbit, which became the Earth. Nibiru swings by our Earth every 3,600 years giving the Anunnaki their only chance to communicate across vast distances.”
Wenyin created specific wearable kinetic “devices” for Anunnaki to communicate the vase distance. NIBIRU embeds both physical and electronic sounds to stimulate wearers’ multi-sensory perceptions. It also highlights the aesthetic of balance, movements, and gravity. Each piece is meticulously handcrafted by herself, featuring borosilicate glass processed with diamond tools, as well as carefully crafted metal parts.
This collection has won the AUTOR 2023 Public Choice Award and has been shortlisted for the Friedrich Becker Prize 2023. Wenyin has also been featured in The Times & The Sunday Times as “Global Talent of The Year 2022”.
Yuchen Wang is a multidisciplinary designer, born in Hanover, Germany, and raised in Beijing. Coming from an architecture background, including a Master’s degree from the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL, Yuchen has always been fascinated by sensory perceptions of space and scale.
Combining her experiences in jewellery design and architecture, silversmithing and digital modelling, Yuchen’s work reflects her exploration of the intimacy between the human body and the environment, questioning the kinaesthetic and emotional connection that space builds with the people it hosts.
Yuchen has worked as a jewellery designer and independent interior designer. She has collaborated with fashion brands for accessory collections. She has also launched an interior design project in mainland China.
Yuchen’s practice looks at the human body and its interrelationship with the environment. While we are in constant interaction with the environment, detaching the image of the Self from its spatial existence tends to be difficult.
This prompted her to think: ‘is there a way to amplify the marks of the encounter?’. With the notion of ‘the body is the margin of all my perceptions’, her work focuses attention on the forces around the body, in which we experience the world intimately and intertwine with each other’s Self subjectively.
Through the use of digital techniques, AI and traditional handcrafts, Yuchen creates hybrid jewellery pieces that sit between the combination of natural and artificial, chaotic and organised, random and logical. Her further development of practical ornaments questions our position within the environment around us.
In her work on this theme, Ziye wants to convey a feeling of joy for life, the joy of being able to experience natural changes and express these experiences. In China, where she grew up, today's society is fast-paced, people are often compared with each other, and the pressure is huge. However, after Ziye studied Chinese Buddhist wisdom, she chose to make complex and handmade works that require a significant amount of time to make. In the process, she gets close to nature and experiences the energy and emotion brought by flowers, trees, water, and sunshine. She eliminates the noise and disturbance of fame and fortune from the outside world and opens up a pure land in her heart. She spends more time with herself, asks herself questions repeatedly seeks answers, and explores her energy and direction from within. From this perspective, this set of works is the condensation of her current life experience. The work she has done in this way makes Ziye happy and proud.