Stephanie Bates qualified from the prestigious Birmingham School of Jewellery and Design and takes her inspiration from areas undergoing Regeneration, such as Gloucester Docks and Birmingham’s Jewellery
Quarter. Urban buildings including old, graffitied warehouses in Digbeth, blocks of flats in Perry Barr under demolition expose their history, and the newly built, angular steel structures alongside these have offered interesting contrasts to use as a creative base. Working in a range of materials from precious metals and stones, concrete, wallpaper and enamel paint, Stephanie combines these with both traditional skills and modern design technology to create her bold jewellery.
After joining Jewellery Designers’ collective ‘JeDeCo’, in early 2012, they opened their first collaborative showroom in London’s OXO Tower, which officially marked the launch of Stephanie’s Jewellery brand.
Stephanie Bates said of her work, “‘Changes in state’ is my current collection of wearable pieces that have been inspired by architecture and its constant change through destruction and development over the years. It has been an exciting year since opening our JeDeCo OXO Tower showroom and launching my collection, exhibiting at both the Contemporary Craft Fair in Devon and JOYA in Barcelona last year. I am currently getting ready to exhibit my work for a 2nd time at JOYA this October, shortly followed by SIERAAD fair in Amsterdam during November, both of which I’m really looking forward to!’.
JOYA – the Barcelona Contemporary Jewellery Fair is the main international contemporary jewellery event in Spain. In its fifth edition, JOYA joins different entities and associations related to signature jewellery bringing a unique opportunity for students, new designers and established creators to exhibit and sell their collections. JOYA is organized by Paulo Ribeiro and Anthony Chevallier (Le Département) and curated by Piotr Rybaczek (La Basílica Galería), Petra Marín (Grupo Duplex), Ricardo Domingo (JORGC) and the contemporary artist Florence Croisier, whose work features this year’s edition of the fair. JOYA is a local and international exhibition opened for both professionals working on contemporary jewellery and also the general public.
In its fifth edition, JOYA – Barcelona Contemporary Jewellery Fair is the main international contemporary jewellery event in Spain. It will be held at FAD, Plaza dels Angels, and is open to the public between from 17- 19th October.