'"The emotion I crave is wonderment; a sense of fantasy, challenging our preconceptions about what is possible in the material world." Claire English
Described as unmistakably English and unforgettable, Claire English Jewellery is hand-crafted in London, born out of a pure British eccentricity and a mischievous imagination.
Claire English - crept onto the British jewellery scene in 2010, when she launched the Claire English Special Jewellery Company. In much the same way as Lewis Carroll captivated her heart as a child; Claire is now enthralling jewellery experts with her own beguiling imagination, fascinating stories and magical gems.
Curiouser and Curiouser
'As a little girl, I was mesmerised by stories, she recalls. 'I was also fascinated by unusual items and the stories they carried with them. I loved to see the curiosity cabinets at the V&A and British Museum. Being from a modest background, with no heirlooms, I knew the only way I could have such treasures was if I made them myself. I went on to study my craft at University and have since dedicated myself to simply practising, over and over again, until I achieve perfection.'
Much like to a 21st century bricoleur, Claire is adept at presenting the familiar as extraordinary. Her collections remain steeped storytelling; the more fantastic and bizarrely sourced the stories are, the more they inspire her to create jewellery.
'I gather inspiration from a variety of sources, from reading to chance encounters,' she adds. 'The emotion I crave is wonderment; a sense of fantasy, challenging our preconceptions about what is possible in the material world. The cabinets of curiosities from the 17th century were curated with this very sentiment in mind.'
Claire's irreverent wit and gift for conveying the magical is matched by a clear vision for her brand. This blend of the ethereal and entrepreneurial has already caught the attention of industry experts. In 2010, Claire featured on the BBC TV series High Street Dreams, where she quickly grasped the importance of business branding from her mentor Stephen Webster. Since then, she has attracted numerous accolades, including NexGem in Professional Jeweller's Hot 100 2011, and The Kickstart Trend Award 2011 for Excellence in Progressive Jewellery Design from Stylesight.
'My ultimate aim is to transform insignificant, overlooked or even ugly objects into luxurious and playful jewels with a gothic edge,' Claire concludes. 'I hope very much that my designs, which commemorate the caprice of our age, will one day earn their - place in London's museum collections of the future.'
By Melinda Morris.
Claire will be exhibiting at IJL 2013, you can see her at stand A65 in the Design Gallery. Register today to ensure you see her at the show.
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