London-based jeweller Sonia Cheadle has won the Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017 Best New Design Award (week two) for her Four Seasons Brooches comprising Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
The series combines precious metals, diamonds and steel. The series depicts and imitates the 365-day cycle of trees and how they dress and undress throughout the four seasons.
The idea behind the brooches is to make the diamonds tremble or shake to mimic the actions of nature.
Cheadle’s won a prize of £1000 and a bottle of champagne.
She said: “It’s an amazing accolade. I’m absolutely delighted to have been awarded, a touch overwhelmed but extremely proud. Recognition at this level verifies all the hard work and makes the months of problem-solving, technical challenges and countless models worthwhile.
“I embraced the challenge, pushed my creativity and enjoyed the process immensely. A new departure, new horizons, I’m excited and confident about what will come next.”
Sonia Cheadle holds a BA in Jewellery, Silversmithing & Allied Craft from the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design.
Her work has been exhibited throughout the UK and in Europe and she is also the author of the book Mounting and Setting Stones, published by A&C Black.
London-based silversmith Rebecca de Quin was named runner-up for her Vase with Blue Collar.
The two-part piece comprises a cylindrical silver vessel and a ‘collar’ in base metal with etched turquoise patination. Inspired by architecture, the two parts can be displayed in several ways – the smaller vessel can be placed within or outside of the ‘collar’.