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Sheffield jeweller to exhibit at new jewellery and silversmithing fair

Sheffield jeweller to exhibit at new contemporaryjewellery and silversmithing fair

Sheffield jeweller Jennie Gill has been announced as one of the60 independent makers from all over the UK who will exhibit at the inaugural Goldsmiths North international summer selling fair at the Cutlers' Hall from 12thto 14thJuly.

Whitby-born Jennie will be showcasing her handmade jewellery that is characterised by a modern spin on traditional methods and materials, including hand cut, natural diamonds and Whitby jet.

Jennie said: "I have been designing and making precious jewellery here in Sheffield for 28 years since I graduated with a silversmithing degree in 1991, so I'm really excited that the first Goldsmiths North fair is being held in the iconic Cutlers' Hall in my adopted home city.

 "I love working with vintage cut diamonds as the flaws and theinclusions tell their own stories.

"Stories are important to my work, I want to capture in each piece a sense of another life, maybe grander, maybe a completely different purpose, but always a past."

Jennie will be joined at the fair by a host of talented makers, including Victoria Walker, whose jewellery is inspired by flowers and seed pods; Polly Gasston, whose pieces reflect the near east; 3D jewellery designer Max Danger; Mikala Djorup, whose jewellery has a Scandinavian feel and Letters to Jinny who createsjewellery with secret compartments and hidden messages.


Organised byleading Contemporary British Silversmith, Brett Payne andRebecca Joselyn, Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths,the fair is being supported byThe Goldsmiths' Company, The Sheffield Assay Office and The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire.


"Goldsmiths North is an international summer selling fair that is bringing the finest contemporary silverware and jewellery from the UK and Europe to the North of England. We want to offer visitors a unique shopping experiencenot available to them on the high street - a chance to engage with and buy direct from the makers," says Mr Payne.

The fair takes place from12thto 14thJuly andis open between 10am and 5pm daily. Tickets can be purchased on the door and cost £5 each, with visitors free to return on all three days with a validated ticket. Refreshments will be available.

MsJoselyn concludes: "We're looking forward to welcoming visitors to the Banqueting Hall at Cutlers' Hall and hope that they take advantage of our flexible ticket to make a weekend of it and enjoy some of the great amenities Sheffield and the surrounding areas have to offer."

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1. Jennie Gill in her studio Jennie Gill in her Sheffield studio

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Editor's notes

1.  Brett Payne is a leading Contemporary British Silversmith with over twenty-five years' experience. He is a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, a Freeman of The Cutlers' Company of Hallamshire, a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths, a past Chairman of The Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council and a Director of British Silver Week.

He regularly exhibits his work both in the UK and abroad and has participated in numerous exhibitions, most notably at The Pompidou Centre, Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; The Keith Lippert Gallery, Washington; The Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow and at The Goldsmiths' Hall in London. In recent years, he has exhibited his work in Munich, New York and Antwerp, as well as Finland, Holland and Denmark.

Brett has won many awards for his craftsmanship and his work can be seen in numerous collections including the V&A, the Vintners' Company, The Cutlers' Company and The House of Lords.

2.  Rebecca Joselyn is a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and started her business back in 2006. She is based at Yorkshire Artspace in the heart of Sheffield's city centre. She exhibits her collection of work at a number of events and craft shows around the UK. Rebecca has worked on a number of awards and commissions, including a large oil container, which was on show in the Museum of Modern Art in Kuwait and the packaging for the world's most expensive coffee, which can be purchased in Harrods.

Rebecca's work has grabbed the attention of many journalists and as a result has been featured in newspapers such as the Sunday Times and the Financial Times' ‘How To Spend It' supplement. Back in 2008 her work caught the eye of the Duke of Devonshire and he still follows and collects her work today.

3.  The Goldsmiths' Company is celebrating its 700th anniversary in 2027 and has published its criteria for creating new and further ways in which it might contribute to national life. One published aspiration is to increase the scope of its activities outside its more traditional remit within the city of London to other regions of the UK. Goldsmiths North provides an ideal platform to engage with a region whose relevance to fine metalwork makes it a ‘natural fit' for future partnership.

4.  The Sheffield Assay Office is a well-respected and active institution providing a much-valued service to the precious metals industry across the region. Although not primarily concerned with the promotion and marketing of finished products, it is a guardian of the quality and standards associated with the finest finished products. Sheffield is home to one of 4 Assay Offices across the UK

5.  The Cutlers' Company has one of the finest Livery Halls outside London. Established in 1624, the Company has played and continues to play an integral role in both the expansion of major local industries and in the growth of Sheffield. It is ideally placed to provide support and encouragement to an initiative that reflects the increasing prominence of the region within the Northern Powerhouse. We welcome their fulsome support and early adoption of this initiative.

6.  For more information about Jennie Gill, please visit