Thursday, February 29, 2024

Milan Jewellery Week Take 2

Michelle White from Artisan Alchemy based in Caroline Street tells us about her second trip to Milan:

“Some of you may remember the problems I had last year exhibiting at Milan jewellery week.

The two pieces I entered were picked up by DHL as arranged by the organisers. They never reached the depot and have never been seen again.

I think the organisers must have felt guilty that they hadn’t insured the consignment as they offered me a free place this year.

It didn’t start well as the through train we had booked from Paris Gard de Lyon was not on the departure board and when we enquired, we were told that there had been a landslide on the line in august and there had been no through trains since then.

We managed to book a train to Geneva and then a bus from there to Milan reaching our air b and b by 3.30 am.

I delivered my two pieces to the Palazzo Bovara next day when I surfaced and was told the good news that I had been put forward for an award…. well, there were 300 pieces in the exhibition, so I didn’t think I had much chance. However, at the award ceremony next evening I was given a seat in the second row so that I could get on the stage easily…so maybe …?

It was a better show than last year, when there were no images of winning work even though that had been held in a cinema.

It transpired that a number of galleries from European capitals had been asked to choose work with which they want to be partnered. The gallery which chose me, and five other makers was the Eleni Marneri gallery in Athens. chosen by the director Ersi Kalozaki. I am waiting for them to contact me, to find out exactly what it entails.

My five minutes of fame was great, especially when I was asked for selfies by other exhibitors!”

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