German Goldsmith News! Apologies for the rough translation…
Who has not heard the legends of Robin Hood, who allegedly lived and worked the forests of Nottingham? But the city in the English Midlands also obtained global fame in the 19th Century with very real things – namely, fine lace. So it was only a matter of time before the goldsmith based in Karlsruhe, Brigitte Adolph found her way into the English town. For years, the jewellery designer has dedicated love to detail her top jewelry. Deceptively the pieces of silver or gold reveal only to the touch, they are made of metal and not of textile. Combined with pearls, diamonds or precious stones she created an extensive collection of exquisite pieces. Brigitte Adolph’s love for Nottingham began in autumn 2011, when the Cultural Offices of the twin cities of Karlsruhe and Nottingham advertised for competition “Creative Twinning”.
With two other designers – Nora Rochel and Philina Kempf – she was invited to spend a week in the English city. There, they had created an opportunity to present their work with English designers. Together with the English lace-maker Jayne Childs, Karlsruhe goldsmith Brigitte Adolph created a collection of textile appearance and ease.
Art and Design identify and share with artists on site. Brigitte Adolph met the top maker Jayne Childs and began a cross-border friendship, from which developed an exciting collaboration. Jayne Childs had worked with gold until then, working only in lace. Together, the two artists created the first jewelry that “Nottingham Heritage collection”, an exhibition at Nottingham Castle, which just ended. This work was inspired by historical designs, which originated from a German company in Plauen, sold at a World’s Fair the designs had come to Nottingham. Thanks to a special permit Brigitte Adolph and Jayne Childs could inspect the collection “The drawings were not meant as final design, but rather as an inspiration for the top manufacturers – a kind of forerunner of the look-books,” says Brigitte Adolph. Also, the long-established company “Roger Watson Laces” opened its archives for the designers. The factory manufactured to include the top wedding dress for Lady Di. “It was like being in paradise,” says jewellery designer Adolph pleased today about the seemingly endless source of inspiration.
“We were enthused by a particular pattern that had a Japanese look,” said Brigitte Adolph. From that came the collection “Madame Butterfly”. Through the exchange of ideas, improvements, changes, and final draft of the German and the English designer kept it in constant contact. “Jayne sent me by mail embroidered patterns and I looked to see if they were to be implemented, for example, as a bracelet in silver,” said the goldsmith. Finally there emerged airy jewellery pieces that by their delicate and textile appearance radiate an elegant and feminine lightness. This set of bangle, necklace and earrings are available in fair trade silver. The pieces were first shown in Germany at Inhorgenta. “And the relationship,” said Brigitte Adolph itself is quite sure, “will go on.”