Meet Our Artisan
Sara Gunn is a London-based jewellery designer and finalist for New Designer of the Year in the 2015 UK Jewellery Awards. Sara graduated from the Sir John Cass School of Art and Design in 2012 with first-class honours and has worked from her studio at Cockpit Arts in Holborn since winning the 2013 Cockpit Arts/Clear Insurance Award.
Inspired by everything around her; from urban landscapes and the less glamorous side of city life to organic forms and the cells that make us who we are, Sara combines textured leather and metal to create tactile pieces that are at once gritty and sensual. She draws inspiration for her current collections from microscopic details within the body and London’s urban landscape. The texture characteristic of her jewellery is created through acid etching and embossing, using hand drawn and photographic images.
Each piece of jewellery is individually hand made by Sara. It is also possible to order colour variations or commission a unique piece.
Yen Chen and Ya-Wen both graduated from Royal College of Art in Design Product and Textile in 2014 and 2012. Yen Chen is interested in how material, craft, and computing technology could come together to influence design and Ya Wen’s area of expertise is creating innovative rich combinations of various raw materials and colors.
Their works merge between craft and technology and focus on curating lifestyle and enrich aesthetics of life through their creation.
Yenchenyawen Studio Based in London and Taipei, the studio designs and makes handcrafted objects in which unorthodox material combinations are manipulated by traditional and experiment founded in 2015
Harvey and Quinn were highly commended for their jewellery at The British Craft Trade Fair, 2015.
Award winning English designer/makers Lucy Quinn takes inspiration from rare and unusual buttons to create a unique collection of work that is both nostalgic and contemporary.
She is passionate about transforming her finds into beautiful pieces of jewellery with an air of theatricality. “For her, each button tells a story, an intriguing glimpse of a forgotten past.”
These works always begins with one small piece of inspiration – a button – and from that, they create a sterling silver setting which often reflects our love of Elizabethan and Greco-Roman style”
Ejing Zhang graduated from the Royal College of Art with a MA in Textiles Design specialising in Mixed Media. She is highly influenced and driven by colour and texture which is seen in her work through an array of vibrant colour pallets, thought out material combinations and pattern creations. She has had work experience with prestigious companies like Mercedes Benz
Advanced Design Studio, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen etc.
The studio of Ejing Zhang was founded in 2014 and based in central London- Cockpit Arts Holborn.
Through the combination of thread, wood and resin, Ejing Zhang Studio creates intricate jewellery by highlighting a cross section of the mixed media resin tile, revealing its abstract and detailed core. All the tiles are hand poured and finished in their London based studio making each and every piece completely unique.
This unusual process was spotted by WGSN (Worth Global Style Network) in 2013 when Zhang was commissioned to create the trophies for the Global Fashion Awards held in the Victoria and Albert Museum London.
Ejing Zhang Studio is excited about collaborations and experiments, so if you have any ideas or thoughts, or just want to say hello, please do get in touch we’d love to hear from you!
At Monc we have an huge appreciation for the design process, true quality and craftsmanship. We are designers that want to bring a real meaning and personality to the products we design and make. This is why we want to share our journey of design with you, so that you know where our products have come from, how they are made and why.
The first range we’ve created is a collection of eyewear. A unisex selection of five frames designed to fit all variations of face shape. We have been designing this range taking elements of character and fashion from the people and places that inspire and interest us the most. This paired with the highest quality craftsmanship of experienced Italian artisans has brought an iconic, beautiful and quality range of products, which are designed to accompany you as you chase the Sun.
Ruth Hollywood makes jewellery inspired by geometry. Combining 100% recycled silver and colourful hand-mixed resin, her work plays with the boundaries between science, nature and art. In her Glasgow studio, she puts new technology to work in harmony with traditional techniques.
Graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2006, she lectured in art and jewellery before creating her first collection as an independent designer in 2013. Ruth is inspired by contemporary design and architecture, colour theory and such artists as Frank Stella. She also finds that her travels spark ideas, and the process of making itself leads her to further adventures in her practise.
She has received awards for Excellence in Design from The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, and was selected for the Crafts Council UK Hothouse programme in 2015. Her jewellery is stocked in a variety of shops and galleries across the world. She exhibits at trade shows regularly, and her work has been shown in London, Munich, Montreal and Sydney.
Troels Flensted (1987) is educated from Central Saint Martins in London. After graduating in 2014 he moved back to his native Denmark and founded his design studio in January 2015.
Flensted’s experimental studio is exploring the potential within material behaviour, colours and manufacturing processes, and finds inspiration in the aesthetic and undiscovered possibilities deriving from combining the three. His work is often minimalistic in its shape, allowing the materials’ own characteristics to shine. This approach has led to exiting projects and commissions for both privates and companies.
Flensted’s work has been exhibited at some of the most respected design fairs across Europe, including; 100% design, designjunction, northmodern, Eindhoven Design Week, Stockholm Design Week and Maison & Objet Paris where he was awarded the ‘Talent á la Carte’ Award.