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Student shortlisted for renowned industry newcomer award

UCA Farnham student Anna Peake has been shortlisted for the Bright Young Gems award at the International Jewellery London (IJL) exhibition, for her contemporary place-inspired designs which merge traditional craft with cutting-edge techniques.

The Bright Young Gems initiative is well-known throughout the industry for unveiling future stars in the contemporary jewellery arena. Anna, who will graduate next week with a BA (Hons) Glass, Ceramics, Metalwork, Jewellery, creates everything from wall murals to pendants and uses a wide range of materials and techniques to produce her work.

“I see myself as creating art with layers of my life,” the UCA Farnham student explains. “Originally my inspiration came from the beautiful landscape of Wales where I grew up; however, recently I’ve been working to create a collection inspired by the contours of Farnham nestled in the rolling Surrey Hills, reflecting my time as a student.

“My work employs the traditional processes of lost wax casting with the modern digital technologies of laser cutting. The aim is to create innovative and unique work that transcends the boundaries of 21st century traditional craft making.”

Across her work, Anna uses materials ranging from wood to silver and has said that she is excited that her art has been shortlisted for Bright Young Gems, which provides young designers with a commercial platform and excellent trade exposure. Her work will be shown at the IJL in September.

“My pieces are representations of places using contours of the land to produce 3D topographical works of art,” Anna adds. “I incorporate lots of different materials and techniques into my work with the aim of choosing the right material to really showcase the piece I’m creating and its connections with place. It’s incredibly exciting to be recognised by Bright Young Gems.”

The IJL is a highlight of the jewellery trade calendar, and will be taking place at Olympia London from 2-4 September this year.

Anna Peake's work