Fashion designer, creative consultant colourbomb Fred Butler has taken part in a new initiative to help young creatives find free space to work in, by offering her services as a mentor this summer.
someonwhereto_ is a free nationwide service offering help for 16-25 year olds looking for free space in their local area to work in, helping them to kick start ideas, showcase creative concepts and realise their potential.
Mentoring is a process I’m a big fan of, as one to one support can be so helpful when you’re in the early stages of your career and need someone to help you find your way. Having the opportunity to visit a working studio, and witness the day to day running of a creative business tells you more about the reality of an industry than anything else, and it’s great to see such an inspirational, established designer opening her doors to let young talent in and share her knowledge and skills.
Watch the film to see how two young designers got the opportunity to work with Fred in the rainbow world that is her London studio…
With the mantra ‘simple is better’, jewellery designer Gee Woods is a girl after my own heart. Using a simple, classic palette of gemstones, and subtle design twists – like the simple rotating centre of this ruby ring – her small ready-to-wear collection is full of pieces you could wear every day.
Selected by a panel of industry experts, headed up by the awesome and pioneering jewellery designer Stephen Webster, the ten most innovative and exciting jewellery designers working in the UK are given the opportunity to exhibit at the BFC Rock Vault; which acts as a nurturing and supportive platform with exciting and invaluable exposure to global press and retailers.
The initiative champions and nurtures the best emerging talent we have here in the UK, and the selected jewellers represent a wide variety of skills, from traditional artisanal craftsmanship to groundbreaking computer prototyping, a full breadth of style and aesthetic. Previous exhibitors Fernando Jorge (whom we recently interviewed on The Cut, read the feature here) and Melanie Georgacopoulos have graduated from the scheme and are off doing wonderful things in the world of jewellery.
Here are this year’s chosen jewellery designers:
Rock Vault will be running during London Fashion Week from the 12th to the 16th September 2014. For more information visit the British Fashion Council website.