For the first time ever, a selection of the best of Czech contemporary jewellery, object and metalwork comes to London. As part of London Craft Week, ‘Purity and Decadence: Contemporary Czech Jewellery’ is set to celebrate and inspire the design industry throughout May.
While Czech glass and costume jewellery already have a strong reputation in the United Kingdom, Purity and Decadence is the first group exhibition showcasing several generations of contemporary Czech jewellery to the British audience. Each of the presented artists is renowned in their field and unique in their style and approach to object. The award-winning collections by Eva Eisler, Nastassia Aleinikava, Zorya, Markéta Kratochvílová and students of the K.O.V. studio at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, are connected by their original vision pushing the boundaries of what we understand by art, jewellery and exceptional craftsmanship.
The talented designers will fill up the wonderful space of the Gallery S O where throughout May visitors will be able to see pure minimalist necklaces, bracelets, and objects by world famous designer Eva Eisler, crystalized ropes and organic shaped luxury jewels by ZORYA, futuristic eyewear and brooches inspired by mediaeval manuscripts created by this year´s winner of the prestigious Czech Grand Designer Award Nastassia Aleinikava and kinky silver ear-pieces and decadent accessories crossing the lines between jewellery and fashion by Markéta Kratochvílová. One of the exhibition highlights will for sure be student work from the K.O.V. studio featuring the edgy Work is My Religion collection by Jakub Křelina or the sublime pieces by Alžběta Dvořáková, winner of the Marzee Graduate Prize.
An official part of the London Craft Week, the exhibition will offer accompanying workshops and lectures introducing both the contemporary Czech design scene, but also the magnificent tradition of Czech costume jewellery.