My mentor is Benjamin Lignel. His academic background includes studies in Literature, Art History, Furniture Design and a few days of Jewellery making. His jewellery work reflects aspects of his design training with less physical involvement in the making and a concentration on the intellectual and conceptual meaning held in the pieces. Over recent years he has been increasingly involved in writing, curating and editing – activities which take advantage of his active concerns with the expression, interpretation and promotion of contemporary jewellery both within the applied arts field and in the wider world of art.
Something of a Renaissance man, Ben’s curiosity and interests across a wide swath of social, political and economic concerns are deeply intellectual but leavened with a quirky sense of humour.
Ben is an excellent cook.
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