John Moore Jewellery March 2016 newsletter

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John Moore Jewellery

Announced this week – three awards for my Silver and Diamond Verto Necklace at the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council Awards 2016

  • Winner of Goldsmiths’ Company Award 2016
  • Winner of International Jewellery London Gold Award for Precious Jewellery 2016 (Design Section)
  • Silver Award for Jewellery (Craft Section) 2016 Sponsored by Brown & Newirth

Other news:


This week, I was awarded the Goldsmiths’ Company Award for my Silver and Diamond Verto Necklace. The Goldsmiths’ Company explains that this award is given at the discretion of their Council for outstanding design, and is only presented when an entry achieves the highest standard of creativity and originality. My necklace is currently on display at Goldsmiths’ Hall. Read more about the necklace.
As a result of winning the International Jewellery London (IJL) Award for Precious Jewellery, this Silver and Diamond Verto Necklace will be displayed prominently at their leading trade event for the international jewellery industry, 4-6 September 2016.    
Monday 29 February 2016 was the biggest night of my life to date.  I felt so honoured to receive three awards: it was completely unexpected and quite overwhelming.  The greatest surprise to me was being presented with the main prize of the competition, The Goldsmiths' Company Award 2016.  It was amazing to be amongst so many talented designers and craftspeople at the ceremony – and to receive this level of recognition for my work.  
'A World Away'
A World Away, my first jewellery – dance – music – video collaborative venture has been selected by electronic folk duo, GAPS (Guardian ‘New Band of the Day’), as the music video for their latest single. My co-collaborators were choreographer Jenna Lee (former English National Ballet (ENB) soloist), dancer Nancy Osbaldeston (demi-soloist with the Royal Ballet of Flanders, former ENB soloist and winner of ENB’s Emerging Dancer Competition), Director of Photography Josh Cowdry and GAPS. Read More
Album art for Lakuta's forthcoming album.  Photograph: Chris Bulezuik
The video showcases my largest pieces to date, made from wood especially for this purpose: my theatrically-sized Verto wearable sculptures. One of these pieces has also been chosen by the band Lakuta, just signed to Tru Thoughts Recordings, for the art work on their forthcoming album, where it is worn by Siggi Mwasote, their Tanzanian/ Kenyan vocalist.
I have been invited to screen the video, and to talk about the ideas that inspired it, at the major international symposium
Beyond Jewellery at Birmingham City University on 17 March. Other speakers include Caroline Broadhead and Angela Woodhouse, Di Mainstone and Noam Ben-Jacov; and this symposium complements Zoe Robertson’s exhibition flockOmania – a showcase of wearable objects which explore the relationship between jewellery, dance and performance.
I’m also completing my third private commission for a large neckpiece in the Verto series, made from 100 discs of anodised aluminium (see above). A very bold statement piece, for a strong, stylish woman!
Clockwise from top left:  Verto, Vane, Elytra, Flight
Photographs by Chris Bulezuik
As a result of the Autumn L’Oreal Fashion Show, for which I provided showcase jewellery, I was contacted by Chris Bulezuik, a sought-after fashion and portrait photographer. We have collaborated on three photo shoots featuring my jewellery and results have now been added to his portfolio.
All my lines of jewellery are selling well including:
Vane, Elytra and Flight which are available to purchase from my website or from my regular stockists. The Fitzwilliam is the latest museum shop to sell my jewellery.
The Diamond Verto Necklace is part of my Verto series of necklaces.  Verto means transformer.  Some have been made in anodised aluminium, two in wood and this one in precious metal.  For a number of years, I have been developing the concept of creating statement necklaces that can be worn in multiple ways depending on the wearer’s preference.  As well as being visually striking it’s very important to me that my work has life and movement.  As a child I was fascinated with puppetry: how an inanimate object can be brought to life by the puppeteer. For me, jewellery functions in a similar way.  When worn, the Silver and Diamond Verto Necklace becomes an extension of the body and is brought to life, with the movement of the wearer’s neck and shoulders.  A single cord, encased in an engineered silicone core, allows the piece to flex over contours and twist without letting the discs spin freely of each other.  This was the first time I have incorporated set stones into my work: I set the diamonds in an arrangement to appear random, like stars scattered on a night sky.  

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