Jewels in Ferment - Gioielli in Fermento 2014

Contemporary Jewellery Award and Exhibition curated by Eliana Negroni.

"Every year Jewels in Ferment aims to gather the infinitely individual expressions of contemporary jewellery makers in relation to popular themes: wine and territories, looking at this terroir as an ensemble of deep-rooted cultural values and elements. This 4th edition consists of a competition and relative exhibition of unique pieces of jewellery inspired by  the world of colours as the main concept at the heart of contemporary jewellery, a means of expressing all degrees of intensity, almost a metaphor for all added value and meaning.

The exhibition is currently hosted at Torre Fornello Winery, which has dedicated its impressive spaces to the Vineyard of Arts. This is a wider cultural project promoted by Enrico Sgorbati, who as collector offers every year the possibility to artists to collaborate, experiment and talk about their work in the context of the estate of Torre Fornello. At its core, Jewels in Ferment is an event dedicated to the research on contemporary jewellery”.

Exhibiting artists: Silvia Beccaria, Sabina Bernardelli, Maura Biamonti, Patrizia Bonati, Isabelle Busnel, Alina Carp, Luisa Chiandotto, Bartosz Chmielewski, Patricia Cruz, Katarina Cudic, Giuseppina Dallanoce, Corrado De Meo, Clara Del Papa, E-vasiva, Nicoletta Frigerio, Gaspare Gaeta, Francesca Gazzi, Eleonora Ghilardi, Lucilla Giovanninetti, Akis Goumas, Alexandra Kusch, EunMi Kwon, Carmela Lacerenza, Camera Creativa, Chiara Lucato, Elvio Lunian, Paola Mirai, Alessia Mocavero, Olivia Monti Arduini, Laura Munteanu, Viktoria Münzker, Margareta Niel, Tania Palazzi, Liana Pattihis, Marco Picciali, Hester Popma van de Kolk, Gianni Riva, Maddalena Rocco, Kika Rufino, Marissa Racht Ryan, Vicky Saragouda, Sergio and Stefano Spivach, Simonetta Starrabba, Claudia Steiner, Violaine Ulmer, Silvia Valenti, Amalia Vermell, Laura Visentin, Babette Von Dohnanyi, Ching Chi Wu, Caterina Zanca.

For more information and photos on award winners and exhibiting artists: Jewels in Ferment

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A few more photos of outstanding work as seen at COLLECT 2014.


This year’s Collect, the International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects brought together 37 British and International Galleries at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Contemporary jewellery is always well represented at the Crafts Council’s annual fair as well as ceramics and glass. It is so exciting to see new names, new work but also familiar names from previous years. 

In 2014 there was the addition of a new exhibition with works by two of Britain’s leading ceramic artists. “Legacy: Two works on Hope and Memory” is a touring exhibition, which includes Clare Twomey’s installation “Everyman’s Dream” and Julian Stair’s work “Reliquary for a Common Man”. This is how “the Crafts Council has chosen to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One”.

Another important feature at Collect is the Project Space, where this year seven installations were presented. Linda Brothwell, Jilly Edwards, Lisa Farmer, Heidi Harrington, Min Jeong Song, Wonseok Jung, Giovanni Marmont and Cleo Mussi created works in glass, ceramics, leather, wood and other materials. 

Here I selected a few of my highlights.

Design is a State of Mind

This exhibition is still on for a few more days at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Curated by Martino Gamper, “who uses design to display design”. Designer but also high street shelving units are on display to show off beautiful collections of tools, jewellery, LPs, kitchen utensils, bricks and other objects. 

May Day Bank Holiday

Milan Design Week 2014 / part 3

I always leave the best for last. This is also the reason why I visited Milan Design Week this year. Designersblock returned to Milan for the 14th year in a new district San Gregorio Docet with L’ Eclettico.

Exhibitors included: Beatwoven, Beth Lewis Williams, Camilla Barnard, Cray Collective, Foldability, Giopato & Coombes, Inderjeet Sandhu, Jamie Wolfond, Kirigram, Kreis Design, Kristjana S Williams, London College of Furniture, Marianne Viktor, Studio Maxim Lyne, Meital Tzabari, Moving On Collective, Nnuroj, Out of the box lighting, Smile Experience Design Lab, Solidwool, Studio LEIZ, TOBYhouse, Vicky Saragouda, Von Essen Design, White Cubes.

Milan Design Week 2014 / part 2

Spazio Rossana Orlandi is a gallery and a shop dedicated to avant-garde design and is located in the Magenta district of Milan. It is an important showcase of emerging designers and an essential feature during Milan’s annual Salone del Mobile.

Highlights from Milan Design Week 2014 / part 1

A major exhibition entitled Feeding New Ideas for the City curated by Interni Magazine at the courtyards of Università degli Studi di Milano during Fuori Salone. “Architects, designers and artists have been asked to create and build temporary installations that illustrate their interpretation of the theme of Expo 2015 “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” in a metaphorical and multidisciplinary approach”.

After all it’s spring!

The Creating Balance Project

"What happens when you twin ten artists/designers with ten photographers from a local community? With the help of an Anglepoise lamp, the aim was to explore the true meaning of balance at work and in life and to document its significance in the creative process. 

In partnership with Anglepoise UK, Strong Island and the University of Portsmouth”. This exhibition is on @ Aspex Gallery until 16 March. Here are a few of my favourites.