Drawn + Formed: Contemporary Work with Gold and Silver Wire

23 Apr 2020 - 18 Jun 2020 · 9AM - 6PM, Mon - Fri
Free admission
Event type

Discover contemporary jewellery, silversmithing and metal embroidery made with hand-drawn wire, presented in partnership with The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers.

The craft of hand-drawing and using gold or silver round or flattened wire has a rich heritage. Craftspeople continue to learn and evolve this traditional skill, adapting it to the designs of today. 

The exhibition, Drawn + Formed, will bring together a wide selection of craft work, from the intricate and beautiful jewellery of Andrew Lamb to the delicate detailed embroidery designs of Laura Baverstock. It will provide a unique insight into the process of drawing and working with wire; and will celebrate the very best UK craftspeople. 

This exhibition is part of London Craft Week (27 April – 3 May 2020). 

Events Programme

Drawn and Formed will be accompanied by an exciting series of events, demos and courses for interested members of the public and industry members. 

Talks and Workshops

Drawn + Formed: Wirework Have-A-Go Workshops, Wed 29 and Thu 30 April 2020, 1pm – 2pm, 3pm – 4pm, £10

Metal wire can be drawn and manipulated to create a wide range of forms and decoration. Come and have-a-go at drawing wire on a drawbench and twisting it to create a small piece of jewellery, to gain an insight into the craftsmanship and skills involved in working with wire.

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Drawn + Formed: Metal Thread Embroidery Have-Go Workshops, Fri 1 May 2020, 1pm – 2pm – 3pm – 4pm, £12

Gold metal thread has been used to embellish the finest garments and furnishings for centuries. Today, in addition to ecclesiastical, ceremonial and military applications, contemporary goldwork designs are used in the fashion industry and interior design. Come and have-a-go at hand-embroidery with this beautiful shimmering material.

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Drawn + Formed: Wire-Drawing and Wire-Working Demonstration, Wed 27 May, 6pm - 8pm, £10 (incl. a welcome drink

Join us for an evening of live demonstrations of making with hand-drawn wire and metal thread. Silversmith Nan Nan Liu, jewellers Teri Howes and Leonid Dementiev, and embroiderers Harriet Stiles and Kate Barlow will reveal the range of tools, materials and hand-skills involved in producing their work with wire. 

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Creative Links: Working With Wire – An Evening with Jeweller Andrew Lamb, Thu 4 June 2020, 6pm – 8pm, £10 (incl. a welcome drink)

Award-winning jeweller Andrew Lamb draws and forms 18ct gold and silver wire to create delicate patterned and sculpted forms, rippling textures and subtle colour changes. Andrew will present his extraordinary technique, his work and inspirations, and invite questions from the audience.

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Technical Skills Courses

Filigree Jewellery Workshop, Fri 24 – Sat April 2020, 9.30am – 4.30pm, £289

Filigree uses fine twisted threads of silver or gold to create the most varied designs. Led by filigree specialist Filipa Oliveria, this short course covers the skills of this ancient jewellery technique through practical demonstrations, handouts and individual practice. Ideal for intermediate learners.

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Making Chenier and Hinge Systems, Thu 14 and Fri 15 May 2020, 9.30am – 4.30pm, £349

How often do you need a small piece of chenier? Award-winning jewellery designer-maker Elisavet Messi will show you how to make chenier from metal sheet in different sizes, shapes and wall thicknesses. Ideal for intermediate learners. 

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Curb Chain Making, Sat 30 May 2020, 9.30am – 4.30pm, £159

Lucie Gledhill, an expert in weaving with wire and making chain, will help you to unlock the secret of creating curb chain – a chain particularly popular for men’s jewellery. Ideal for intermediate learners.   

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