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Melanie in Thailand

Melanie in Thailand for Design Week!

Melanie was a key note speaker at Chiang Mai Design Week in December 2014. Invited by Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC) and the British Council Thailand to speak at the event about her work in Afghanistan and in particular about her curation of GEM: Contemporary Jewellery and Gemstones from Afghanistan.

A travelogue of the trip can be found on the British Council's Back of the Envelope Blog.

Turquoise Mountain

Turquoise Mountain

Melanie spent three months earlier this year in Kabul, Afghanistan working with Turquoise Mountain as a consultant to their Business Development department focusing in particular on supporting recent graduates, emerging jewellers and gem-cutters, as they establish businesses and foster collaborations with international designers. More information about Turquoise Mountain can be found here: www.turquoisemountain.org

Pearls V&A

Pearls @ the V&A

Melanie was excited to once again join the Conservation Department at the V&A to assist in installing an exhibition: Pearls, a V&A and Qatar Museums Authority Exhibition. The exhibition ran from 21 September 2013 – 19 January 2014.

More information about the V&A and their exhibition programme can be found here: www.vam.ac.uk

GEM

GEM: Contemporary Jewellery & Gemstones from Afghanistan

Melanie was delighted to be asked by the British Council to curate GEM: Contemporary Jewellery & Gemstones from Afghanistan an exhibition of jewellery, gem-cutting and contemporary practices, which was on show at its London headquarters from 8 October – 29 November 2013. The result of collaboration with Turquoise Mountain, an Afghanistan-based organisation, which promotes Afghan craft and design worldwide, the exhibition showcased specially commissioned jewellery created by Turquoise Mountain artisans alongside pieces of contemporary jewellery design by UK designers including Pippa Small, Hattie Rickards, Vicki Sarge and Melanie Eddy. Exhibition design by Will Shannon. Talks are currently underway to tour GEM both within the UK and abroad – watch this space...

Future Brilliance | Afghanistan Organistation

After three years of involvement at the proposal and planning stages Melanie was delighted to join Future Brilliance as Jewellery Manager for their Jaipur Apprenticeship Program, offering semi-skilled Afghans from seven provinces a skills enhancement and apprenticeship program in Jaipur, India. This program delivered master training for Afghan men and women in gem-cutting and jewellery manufacturing, worked with top jewellery multi-brand showrooms and leading international jewellery designers to develop and market nationally and internationally saleable products for the contemporary retail market, inspired by the country’s rich and ancient jewellery making heritage.

FB|AO seeks to support Afghanistan’s economic development by measurably improving traditional Afghan jewellery and gem-cutting craftsmanship, and increase Afghanistan’s capacity to leverage its cultural heritage for economic benefit.

Growing Talent

Melanie's jewellery is back in Scotland for DESIGN COLLECTION 2013 at the Roger Billcliffe Gallery in Glasgow running until August 31 2013.

See www.billcliffegallery.com for further information.
The Billcliffe Gallery
134 Blythswood Street
Glasgow G2 4EL
Tel: +44 (0)141 332 4027

Growing Talent

Melanie exhibited at Growing Talent from March 11 - April 13.

Growing Talent, curated by Mary La Trobe-Bateman, showcased the work of jewellers and silversmiths that were, over the past 13 years, awarded bursaries to take stands at the Goldsmiths' Company's annual Goldsmiths' Fair. The exhibition showcased something from their first Fair showing and something made especially for this exhibition.

Melanie's jewellery featured in this gorgeous contemporary wedding shoot by photographer Anushe Low and wedding designer Always Andri as featured on Rock My Wedding, UK wedding blog site.

W: www.rockmywedding.co.uk/get-fresh/

Melanie attended In Focus Afghanistan at London’s Southbank Centre on 3 July 2012.

The British Council with the UK’s Culture + Conflict organisation held this seminar in London to bring together cultural leaders from Afghanistan with up to 100 arts leaders from the UK. Key Afghan cultural institutions offered a range of perspectives on recent acheivements for arts and culture in Afghanistan and their views of the importance of cultural development to the new Afghanistan over the coming years. The day sought to enable ideas to be debated and to forge new alliances between the Afghan and UK cultural sectors. Amongst those presenting in London were Turquoise Mountain’s Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, the National Museum of Afghanistan, and the Afghan National Institute of Music.

Melanie Eddy’s jewellery returned to Scotland for the first time. She exhibited a collection of pieces in WINTER DESIGN COLLECTION 2011 at the Roger Billcliffe Gallery in Glasgow running from November 26th through December 24th 2011.

See www.billcliffegallery.com for further information.

The Billcliffe Gallery
134 Blythswood Street
Glasgow G2 4EL
Tel: 0141 332 4027
Fax: 0141 332 6573

Geometry

Melanie's work was on show for GEOMETRY at 75 New Street in Salisbury:

75 New Street
Salisbury
SP1 2PH
Tel: +44 (0) 1722 328518
www.75newstreetsalisbury.com

The gallery is open for browsing from 10am - 5pm, Wednesday - Saturday or by appointment.


Creative Residency at Turquoise Mountain’s Institute of Afghan Arts and Architecture.

Melanie Eddy was selected by the British Council’s department of Architecture, Design, Fashion to undertake a two-month residency focusing on jewellery design in Afghanistan. The aim of this creative residency was to develop a collaborative link between the UK and Afghanistan through applied arts – more specifically through jewellery design. A reciprocal exchange took place in which a contemporary jeweller from Afghanistan undertook a similar residency in London. This creative exchange is an example of the British Council’s work in countries whose perception is often framed by the current political situation. The British Council’s art programmes in Afghanistan, and other countries in the region, address these negative stereotypes through creative dialogue. Other recent creative exchanges have focused on fashion and textiles and taken place in Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan.

To keep updated about Melanie’s experiences during this residency running from mid-September to mid-November please read her blog at http://afghanartsadventure.wordpress.com

For further information on Turquoise Mountain, its Institute of Afghan Arts and Architecture and the British Council’s programmes please visit:

www.turquoisemountain.org
www.britishcouncil.org

Melanie Eddy’s jewellery returned to the Roger Billcliffe Gallery in Glasgow for DESIGN COLLECTION 2010 running from June 18 through August. See www.billcliffegallery.com for further information.

The Billcliffe Gallery
134 Blythswood Street
Glasgow G2 4EL
Tel: +44 (0)141 332 4027
www.billcliffegallery.com

Melanie Eddy’s jewellery was stocked at The Boutique, Brazen Studios in Glasgow.

Brazen Studios
58 Albion Street
Merchant City
Glasgow G1 1LH
Tel: +44 (0)141 552 4551
www.brazenstudios.co.uk

Melanie Eddy’s jewellery was on view at the Galanthus Gallery in Hereford.

Galanthus Gallery
Wormbridge
Hereford HR2 9DH
Tel: +44 (0)19 8157 0506
www.galanthusgallery.com

Melanie Eddy’s jewellery exhibited at Gill Wing Jewellery in London.

Gill Wing Jewellery
182 Upper Street
Islington, London
N1 1RQ
Tel/Fax: 020 7359 4378
www.gillwing.co.uk/jewelleries/

Goldsmiths' Fair 2009

Melanie Eddy exhibited at Goldsmiths' Fair 2009, during week one of the two week event, from 28th September - 4th October. Goldsmith's Fair is now in it's 27th year and showcases both established and emerging talent in contemporary jewellery and silverware. The event took place at Goldsmiths' Hall, Foster Lane London, EC2V 6BN.

For further information:

T: 020 7606 7010

W: www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk


Melanie Eddy’s jewellery was shown in Scotland for the first time. She exhibited a collection of pieces in DESIGN COLLECTION 2009 at the Roger Billcliffe Gallery in Glasgow running from late November through December 2009. See www.billcliffegallery.com for further information.

The Billcliffe Gallery
134 Blythswood Street
Glasgow G2 4EL
Tel: 0141 332 4027
Fax: 0141 332 6573

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