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Handmade Oxford

Handmade Oxford

I will be showcasing my new work at the international contemporary arts festival, Handmade OxfordJoin thousands of art lovers and celebrate art, craft, design, sculpture, artisan food and more at Handmade Oxford, at Waterperry Gardens, from 27th to 30th June 2019.

Celebrating the best in high-end design and craftsmanship, Handmade Oxford is a fabulous opportunity to shop from  240 British and international designer-makers.

Date & Location

27 – 30 June 2019
Thu – Sun, 10am – 6pm

Waterperry Gardens
Waterperry
Oxford
OX33 1LA

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Limited Edition – Seeking Perfection

 

Limited Edition – Seeking Perfection

One of a kind vs limited edition

 

One-of-a-kind describes a piece of jewellery that is unlike any other. It is used to describe a product that is the only one of its type. It is unique.

Limited Edition describes the pieces I make: a few pieces, each of which is different, and that will only be made for a certain amount of time.

I come from an art background and training, and was made to believe that an artist should be full of ideas, and should create only one of a kind pieces. All creativity should go into this one object.
However, my preferred method is about going a lot deeper into making one product, being a lot more specific and concentrating a lot more. This way I will have a lot more time to purify one specific piece, researching the design, the comfort, and the look and feel of it. I am anxious not to stop there, but to await feedback and comments and incorporate this into another version.

I am a perfectionist, and the way it is for me, something is never just ‘okay’. It has to be better. I choose to improve every product, to make it better each time I make it, because every single piece is made individually.
I choose to add value through quality.
Before something is made I spend a lot of time on research, designing the process to ensure the jewellery will be comfortable to wear, all the roughness smoothed away, so it feels lovely to the touch and won’t snag in hair or clothing.
In my way of constantly improving my Limited Editions, I am still making One-of-A-Kind pieces – the gold grains are all different, the colour of the patination is always different, the brushed finish on a patinated surface is always different. Each piece is totally individual, unique.

 


ONE-OF-A-KIND – it’s great it makes you feel special, because you are the only one who owns it.
LIMITED EDITION – You are one of the few people owning a piece. And it’s unique! There will be no other exactly the same as yours. The design and development processes have been constantly refined, resulting in several individual, but disparate, pieces.

 

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New Year, Be The Better YOU

 

New Year, Be The Better YOU

 

“BANG!” The gun fires and the race is on. The runners take off across the field. It rained the day before and the ground is still damp. The temperature is cool. It is a perfect day for running. The line of runners quickly forms a pack.  They move as one. As with any race, in a short period of time the stronger ones will start to pull ahead and the weaker ones will start to fall behind. But not Ben Comen. Ben was left behind as soon as the starter gun sounded. Ben’s not the fastest runner on the team. In fact, he’s the slowest. He has never won a single race the entire time he’s been on the Hanna High School cross-country track team. Ben, you see, has cerebral palsy.

The pack pulls farther and farther ahead while Ben falls farther and farther behind. He slips on the wet grass and falls forward into the soft earth. He slowly picks himself up and keeps going. Down he goes again. This time it hurts. He gets back up and keeps running. Ben won’t quit. The pack is now out of sight and Ben is running alone. It is quiet. He can hear his own labored breathing. He feels lonely. He trips over his own feet again, and down he goes yet another time. No matter his mental strength, there is no hiding the pain and frustration on his face. He grimaces as he uses all his energy to pull himself back to his feet to continue running. For Ben, this is part of the routine. Everyone else finishes the race in about twenty-five minutes. It usually takes Ben more than forty- five minutes.

When Ben eventually crosses the finish line he is in pain and he is exhausted. His body is bruised and bloodied. He is covered in mud. Ben inspires us, indeed. But this is not a story of “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” This is not a story of “when you fall down, pick yourself up.” Those are great lessons to learn, without a doubt, but Ben’s lesson is deeper.

Something amazing happens after about twenty-five minutes. When everybody else is done with their race, everyone comes back to run with Ben. Ben is the only runner who, when he falls, someone else will help pick him up. Ben is the only runner who, when he finishes, has a hundred people running behind him.

What Ben teaches us is special. When you compete against everyone else, no one wants to help you. But when you compete against
yourself, everyone wants to help you. Olympic athletes don’t help each other. Ben starts every race with a very clear sense of WHY he’s running. He’s not there to beat anyone but himself. Ben never loses sight of that. His sense of WHY he’s running gives him the strength to keep going. To keep pushing. To keep getting up. And to do it again and again and again. And every day he runs, the only time Ben sets out to beat is his own.

We’re always competing against someone else. We’re always trying to be better than someone else. We’re always comparing ourselves to others. What if we showed up to work every day simply to be better than ourselves? What if the goal was to do better work this week than we did the week before? To make this month better than last month?

What if the next time when someone asks, “Who’s your competition?” we replied, “No idea.” What if the next time someone pushes, “Well, what makes you better than your competition?” we replied, “We’re not better than them in all cases.” And what if the next time someone asks, “Well why should I do business with you then?” we answer with confidence, “Because the work we’re doing now is better than the work we were doing six months ago. And the work we’ll be doing six months from now will be better than the work we’re doing today.”

 

Sinek, S. (2009). Start With Why. New York: Portfolio.

 

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Christmas Delivery Dates

DON’T MISS YOUR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY!

 

 

Commissioned pieces take three weeks to make: please be sure to order in time. The latest order date for made-to-order pieces for CHRISTMAS delivery is Thursday 29th November.

My last day for posting CHRISTMAS orders of available ready-made jewellery is Thursday 20th December. If you need something for a specific date please contact me, as I may be able to prioritise your order.

(It is all about UK delivery!)

 

Please contact me for Europe & International delivery queries.

 

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Dazzle London

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Dazzle London

A collection of my work will be available at Dazzle Exhibition from the Sunday 11 of November 2018 – Sunday 6 of January 2019, at Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH.

I am proud to showcase my jewellery alongside internationally renowned designers at Dazzle London, which is dedicated to showing the best of contemporary designer jewellery.

 

Established at the stunning riverside the gallery is only one element of Oxo Tower Wharf and above and around Dazzle Exhibition are design, art and craft shops selling fashion, interiors and fine art as well as restaurants, cafes and bars, including Harvey Nichols OXO Tower Restaurant. It is well worth stepping along the South Bank to see Dazzle Exhibition and find the perfect present.

 

 

 

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New Stockist

New Stockist

A collection of Agneta Bugyte’s jewellery is now available at YBD, a global destination store focusing entirely upon the best and brightest of British fashion.

I am proud to showcase my jewellery at the first dedicated retail environment purely focusing upon UK’s best talent.

“Life is all about ‘moments in time’. Some of those moments are more significant than others, sometimes we have the opportunity, in one of those moments to do something new, something brave, something unique and something that will change our own life or those of others. These are the moments that really matter, when we have to decide whether to take a brave step into a new world, or remain with the familiarity of habit. These are the special moments in our lives… Young British Designers is all about those special ‘moments in time’.” – YBD.

 

 

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New Stockist

A collection of Agneta Bugyte’s jewellery is now available at ORRO Contemporary Jewellery in Glasgow, Scotland.

I am proud to be able to showcase my jewellery alongside the superb work of contemporary designers such as Atelier Zobel  and others, whose work is selected for its innate design and quality.

Established in Glasgow in 1997, with the aim of promoting innovative modern jewellery, ORRO is now internationally regarded as being in the top flight of contemporary jewellery galleries.

Leading European jewellery designers showcase beautiful collections in ORRO’s Glasgow studio where the atmosphere is friendly, relaxed & informal.  The jewellery takes centre stage in a bright, fresh, minimalist setting that references the clean lines and simple modern design of the varied works on show.

 

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Handmade Edinburgh

Handmade Edinburgh

I will be showcasing a collection of work at the third edition of international craft and design fair, Handmade Edinburgh, which is becoming the leading showcase for contemporary craft in Scotland. My work will be exhibited alongside some of the world’s most talented craftspeople.

Celebrating the best in high-end design and craftsmanship, Handmade Edinburgh is a fabulous opportunity to shop in an extraordinary and picturesque setting, Scotland’s renowned Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Over 70 British and international designer-makers will showcase their work inside an elegant purpose-built marquee in front of Inverleith House, so you can enjoy the delights of the beautiful botanic gardens and discover some of the world’s most talented craftspeople all in one visit.

The show will be on from the Friday 10 – Sunday 12 of August 2018, during Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Date & Location

10 – 12 August 2018
Fri – Sun, 10am – 5.30pm

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Inverleith Row / Arboretum Place
Edinburgh
EH3 5LR

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The Inspiration of Silence

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The Inspiration of Silence

 

People speak too much and yet say too little about inspiration. Being an artist means hearing the question, “What is your inspiration?” over and over again.

There is no straightforward answer to this. There are lots of things that inspire me, and yet inspiration is also dependent on many situations, moods, the seasons even.

I might feel inspired to make something with a tool I’ve just bought, but then do I reply that the hammer inspires me? I guess that is not what people expect to hear. But the new tool might offer me the impetus to make something whose actual inspiration comes from somewhere else.

“Nature,” is often an answer, but it is a boring answer given by many, and actually tells you nothing. Nature is so different it depends on so many factors. I feel like saying this single word ‘nature’ doesn’t describe it well enough, it doesn’t mean anything, doesn’t describe anything in particular really.

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I love nature: it is immensely important to me. I love to escape to wild places: I would love to live in the middle of nowhere, or to have a tree-house for weekends; to be closer to nature.

And what is it I seek in nature?

I love rocks, volcanoes, rough textures, and the hoarse sounds the ocean makes as the waves break out on the shore. I love the silence and crash of the water in a waterfall. I love to be surrounded by silent landscapes. I love the qualities of silence to be found in nature.
How to write about such silence? It is not noisy, tiring or disturbing, like our outer lives. It is an interior quality of nature, as if one is hearing with an inner ear; as if the body can be still, and listen to the many soft and hoarse sounds, and the silent voices of rocks and canyons. It is a silence that for me is full of wakefulness, the serenity of millennia.

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These natural sounds, so nice to listen to, have the power to awaken the imagination and to create images; images you can really see, that eventually become refined and honed into delicate jewellery. In order to be inspired, and to create, the most important thing is to create harmony between time and silence.
When I am in this silence, I can ask what is really important to me, what do I really need; what do I value; what can I offer? What can I give to others? What is the best I have in me?

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Silence feeds our imaginatings. Silence is peaceful. Early in the morning in the silence, I can hear myself think, and this is the time when the best creations are born.

Silence gives me time out. It gives me space to process my experiences, to concentrate and purge my thoughts and ideas. In a world full of continual distraction, it becomes increasingly difficult to tune out all the noise and to just hear myself.
We can talk to many people, but with how many of them do we feel comfortable when silent? It is a measure of a relationship. And many people are uncomfortable with silence, in relationship and in nature.
For me, however, it is the most important thing we can enjoy – time in nature, drawing its silence into us.

I am more about feelings than about seeing: I love to feel what I see. I want to feel the textures and hear the voices of what I see. I want to hear the voices of the wind and rain; to smell the damp earth, the whispering grass. I need to hear the sentient hush of the landscape. For me, these are all part of the great Silence of Nature.

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Silence inspires…….

 

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