Thursday 18 June / 6–8pm
Go into the deep with London-based jewellery designer Alex Monroe. Discuss the craft of making jewellery by hand in the 21st century, as well as the inspiration behind his new ‘Beyond The Sea’ nautical collection launched at Liberty this year.
Strongly inspired by nature and British eccentricity, Alex Monroe has been designing and making jewellery for over 25 years. Growing up in the Suffolk countryside, since an early age Alex Monroe has had a great love for the natural world. Nature is a strong theme throughout his work and creations such as the bumble bee necklace have earned iconic status. Working with precious materials, his designs are elegant with a whimsical charm and the new nautical collection reflects this unmistakable style, with gold-plated ships, anchors and entwining ropes reminiscent of the seaside.
With a boutique close to Bermondsey Street, Alex Monroe joins us for the evening to reveal how he makes all of his original designs by hand using traditional jewellery making techniques. From initial sketches to the workbench, working directly with silver enables him and his team to achieve the high levels of detail and texture associated with his designs.
Price: £15 / £12 full-time students
The talk will feature behind-the-scenes photography of the Alex Monroe team at work and an opportunity to ask questions and discuss with Alex in person. The discussion is followed by a book signing. ‘Two Turtle Doves: A Memoir of Making Things’ by Alex Monroe is available for purchase from the Fashion and Textile Museum exhibition shop.
The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer, and the talk is likely to start 6.15pm for 6.30pm and last for approximately 1 hour including discussion. All guests will receive a 15% discount at the Alex Monroe boutique.
Alex Monroe trained at the Sir John Cass School of Art in London and started making his own jewellery in 1986 out of a small workshop in a picturesque, Victorian cobbled yard in south London. To this day, all of his jewellery is still hand-made by a team of highly skilled jewellers in that same studio. Alex Monroe designs are available all around the world, from creative collaborations with bespoke clients to prestigious department stores such as Liberty and Harrods, and his own boutique and website www.alexmonroe.comFrequently Asked Questions