Dazzle was established in 1981 and the team currently put on two events per year showing a wide variety of hand crafted work. Every summer, there is a beautiful showcase at Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh during the month of August, when the famous Edinburgh Festival takes place and brings people from all corners of the world to the Scottish capital. In winter, in the run up to Christmas, Dazzle pop up at the stunning OXO Tower in London, offering an alternative to high street Christmas shopping. There is always an amazing mix of emerging and established jewellery makers exhibiting their latest collections.
The first time I visited Dazzle was before I even began studying Jewellery – in fact, walking into the upstairs Ladies Baths room in the Dovecot Studios, filled to the brim with a huge variety of stunning contemporary jewellery, was one of the pivotal moments of deciding to pursue jewellery making as my profession. Seeing all the different ways designers expressed themselves through the medium of wearable art all in one place, the plethora of materials and colours and forms, was an amazing eye opener.
A good few years later I graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a BA in Silversmithing & Jewellery, set up my own small creative business, and through a lot of hard work got the chance to exhibit my own jewellery at the Edinburgh Dazzle. It’s hard to describe the feeling of seeing jewellery designed and made by me in the same space I visited back in 2013, but if I had to I guess I would say it was a mixture of disbelief, pride and joy. Before I even knew I would go on to set up my own practice, I wanted to be a part of the Dazzle collective, setting that as my goal without even consciously realising it.
I visited on the evening of the Private View on the 1st August, just before the start of the Edinburgh Festival. The room was full of people and energy, and I absolutely loved walking around looking at all the gorgeous jewellery on display. I’ll let the photos I managed to take at the event do the rest of the talking, but it’s safe to say I’m still not quite over seeing my name and my sculptural jewellery in one of the classic Dazzle glass display cases. I was lucky enough to have been invited back to Dazzle @ OXO this December too, and I already cannot wait to put together a collection for this Christmas showcase.