MASTERMAKER Shimell & Madden FRI 17 MAY

Date: Friday 17 May, 2024

Start Time: 2.00pm

End Time: 7.00pm

Venue: FORGE

We are thrilled that Shimell & Madden are joining us for our May MasterMaker during London Craft Week.

What is our MasterMaker Series?
These monthly events embody what FORGE stands for: exceptional design, the preservation of skills, and the sharing of knowledge. They are limited to 10 people for a unique & intimate, exclusive experience with a highly skilled & accomplished designer. 

During 5 captivating hours, you’ll engage in a talk, witness a live demonstration, and partake in a hands-on workshop, all guided by the MasterMakers themselves. The event concludes with a relaxed chat and mingle over food & wine. 

Limited places available! Booking essential.

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity!

Price is per person.

What will I make?

Following an insightful talk, you will partake in an exclusive afternoon learning how to draw down wire, receive guidance on making your own affordable draw-bench and make your own silver twist ring, under the direction and expertise of Emma Madden and Luke Shimell. See website for more details. .

What will happen on the day?

Luke Shimell and Emma Madden will bring a wealth of expert in-depth knowledge, skill, craftsmanship and passion to this in person event. 

During the talk and Q&A session they will share insights into their individual career journeys, working as a partnership and how they defined their unique jewellery style.

Following the demonstration, you will be given instructions on how to build your own draw bench with a list of parts to purchase. Everyone will have a go at drawing down wire using Shimell and Madden’s draw bench, and you will make your own silver twist ring. The class will include tips on drawing different precious metals, twisting wire techniques and how to accurately make rings to size.

The experience will be rounded off with a relaxed chat & mingle with Emma & Luke over wine and delicious sushi from our neighbours Mugen.

What skills do I need?

Difficulty Level: EASY

Some basic understanding of jewellery making is helpful but to essential. 

What should I bring?

- All materials will be provided.

- Reading glasses (if you need them!) 

What should I wear? 

Clothes: Casual and not too precious as they may get a bit dusty or damaged.  Avoid long, loose fitting sleeves and anything that might catch or get caught whilst you are working.

Shoes: Casual flat shoes and no open toed sandals in case you drop a hammer or something hot on them!

Hair: Tie long hair back.

Who are my instructors?

Luke Shimell and Emma Madden

Their journey started in a small Devon jewellers where they worked alongside each other as goldsmiths. From the very beginning Luke and Emma shared their knowledge and ideas on art, design, science and jewellery making techniques.

To further and foster their interest and skill in designing and making, Luke advanced to working as a high-end diamond mounter in Mayfair London. Emma went on to complete her fellowship at Bishopsland Education Trust after completing her degree in Three-dimensional design – metalwork and jewellery at UCA, Farnham.

In 2010 they established Shimell and Madden, to realise their ambition to craft contemporary jewellery using technically advanced hand-making techniques. Their pieces are made to mathematical precision and designed using a shared language of structural systems.

Since their inception they have been singled out as a brand to watch, receiving ‘The Best New Design Award’ at their first exhibition by The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. They have featured in Elle, Vogue, Wallpaper and The Financial Times to name but a few. Their work has been exhibited at The V&A, Saatchi Gallery and Somerset House.

Selected by the British Fashion Council and Stephen Webster MBE they represented the best of British fine jewellers as part of the renowned collective ‘Rock Vault’. At London Fashion Week they presented their jewellery collection to HM Queen Elizabeth II.

How do I get there? 

See contact page for details on public transport and parking.