London based designer Isabella Liu won the International Jewellery London (IJL) Editor’s Choice award for Creative Originality. Claire Adler, a luxury communications consultant, and Sam Willoughby, the IJL Event Director, selected the awards this month.
The Creative Originality award is presented to the brand or designer that impressed the judges with true originality in terms of design, innovative use of materials or striking colour combinations.
Isabella Liu was born in China and is now based in London. She founded her own studio in 2014 and is an award-winning jewellery designer and artist whose works have been exhibited at Birmingham Museum and Arts Gallery, and who has won awards at the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship and Design Awards in 2015, as well as awards at the 2015 Milan World Expo China-Italy International Jewellery Design Competition, among other accolades.
Selected by ‘WOMEN OF CHINA’ magazine, Isabella was honoured as one of 10 ‘Impressing the world, Chinese Women Yield Brilliant Results in 2015’.
Isabella was honoured as Exceptional Talent in Craftsmanship and Design by the Arts Council England in 2015, which encouraged her to contribute to the jewellery and crafts industry from a business, academic and cultural level.
Japanese artist Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave’, and Isabella’s fascination with the sound of the sea, inspired her IJL award-winning Sea Rhymes collection.
The curves of each sculptural piece are designed to embrace each stone like the ocean envelopes the body, which when moving inspires the sound of waves gently lapping against the shore, producing an effect of transporting the wearer to a tranquil place.
The piece is an innovative 3D sculptural transformation inspired by a 2D classic painting highlighted with beautiful sounds.
In response to winning the award, Isabella said, “This award is such a great compliment to my creative originality and will push me even harder in my future ventures with forward thinking.
Whenever I travel to the seaside, I write a poem, expressing my emotions, which has helped me bring a sense of romance and joy to the Sea Rhymes collection.”
Claire Adler, one of the two judges of the competition, commented, “Isabella Liu’s Sea Rhymes collection is statement jewellery at its best – bold, architectural and imaginative.
It experiments with the notion of hearing the waves of the sea and experiencing their calming influence”.
IJL 2017 will run from 3 to 5 September 2017 at Olympia Grand, London.