The Makers Series: Omar Ramsden

This month marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Omar Ramsden. Arguably the most eminent silversmith of the British Arts and Crafts movement.

Born in the Sheffield suburb of Walkley in 1873, Omar was the son of Benjamin Ramsden, a silver engraver, and his wife Norah. At the time, Sheffield was the heart of the British cutlery industry, so many households within the community would have been involved in the silver trade in some capacity.

Terms of the Trade: Caryatid

A caryatid is an architectural support sculpted in the form of a female figure, most used in classical architecture as a decorative alternative to the basic column support. Perhaps the most famous example can be seen at the Erechtheion or Temple of Athena Polias at the Acropolis in Athens. Although the caryatids currently in place at the Erechtheion are later replicas, five of the originals can be seen at the nearby Acropolis Museum.

Creative Space: Lottie Fenby Milliners

In an interview originally conducted for the BADA Young Friends magazine “Inherited.”, editor Beth Hodges meets milliner Lottie Fenby.

This month, Inherited. is exploring the craft of Millinery. Before we introduce this month’s maker in the spotlight, it is important for us to take a look at the rich history that has led Lottie Fenby to be in the profession she is today. 

Terms of the Trade: Biedermeier

Biedermeier is a cultural movement that originated from Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, and the subsequent political reorganisation of Western Europe. As France’s influence waned and a new era of peace and stability settled over the continent, so the concept of Biedermeier evolved in Austria, Germany, Northern Italy, and Scandinavia.

The Makers Series: Cartier

Founded in Paris in 1847, Cartier is one of the world's leading brands in designer jewellery, fine watchmaking, and luxury leather goods. Famously described by King Edward VII as "the jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers", their eye-catching works are worn by royalty and celebrity worldwide.

In stark contrast to their contemporary image, the Cartier story began with relatively humble origins. Founder Louis-François Cartier was born in Paris in 1819 to Pierre, a metal worker by trade, and Elisabeth, who worked as a washerwoman.

Terms of the Trade: Egg and Dart

Egg and dart is a style of decorative motif commonly used in neoclassical architecture, furniture and silverware. The design is comprised of alternating bas-relief ovoid objects, and pointed V-shaped ornaments, resembling eggs and arrowheads. Hence the unusual term egg and dart, although the style is also known in some circles as 'egg-and-anchor', 'egg-and-tongue', and even 'egg-and-star'. 

The Makers Series: Claude Venard

Renowned for his vivid and vibrant works, French post-Cubist painter Claude Venard brought a palpable and compelling joie de vivre to his oeuvre which continues to resonate with new audiences the world over.

Born in 1913, Venard enrolled in the Ecole des Arts Appliques, Paris at age 17, where he began to develop his charismatic style. In order make ends meet, Claude supplemented his studies by working as a restorer at the Louvre, work which also provided valuable experience for his blossoming talents.