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Jenny Sweetnam & Idamari at DESIGNER/MAKER

Thursday, 16 January 2014


A unique platform for emerging independent designers from across the UK, DESIGNER/MAKER held a marketplace in lively Southbank showcasing the best handcrafted works of hidden and unhidden talents. Upon hearing independent jewellery designers are also taking part in the event, it would have been an opportunity missed if I didn't attend.

Ignoring the drenching rain that evening the team of DESIGNER/MAKER made me feel welcome with a delightful evening 'brunch' from lepainquotidien (never been a big fan of mince pies however theirs were delicious!) After chatting to fellow talent-enthusiasts we wandered along the marketplace looking for a possible early Christmas treat. There in the middle of the stall I met Jenny Sweetnam and Ida Marie Molander of Idamari with their amazing collection of geometric-inspired jewellery all on show. I was in dreamland.

Due to my love for modern and edgy jewellery I've spent a long duration admiring their collections that were not too dissimilar from one another; as if it was a collaborative effort between these two young talents. My personal pick from Ida's collection has to be the bold Noble ring that is organic yet industrial-looking with its smooth edges; a playful mix of nature and modernity. And who could forget Sweetnam's Mountain ring, a glorified knuckleduster that is fierce and daring to be worn.

I came away from the event with Sweetnam's sterling silver rose thorn studs. I adore the texture, sharpness and daintiness to it. I seriously didn't know how I managed to restrain myself from purchasing more from their collection but hopefully it's not the last of the investment. So change from the norm and wear geometric/organic jewellery that will guarantee to grab your attention.

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