Imogen Belfield is a name you may well know as a jeweller to the stars, though for me she is the biggest star. House Of IB has graced the pages of FW before but I’ve never done a full feature, and I have no idea why as simply put I adore her work.
Imogen is a multi-award winning designer who everyone should know about, so it’s remiss of me not to have featured her earlier.
The pieces are all so unique and cleverly thought through, while they may look like they are hewn direct from a mine or blasted from a rock face they have a raw beauty that expresses a more primordial sense of the avante garde and the beautiful.
You can feel the journey of each piece, and see it expressed in the marks and cuts that shape and create each piece, we get a window into the thought of the designer, and how she worked each piece into it’s finished glory.
The contrast of the precious metals, the jewels and the stones deliver an aesthetic that isn’t just the standard, make it round and shiny, whack a big stone on it approach that blights jewellery design and demands uniformity. The mixed materials add the the cacophony of chaos that somehow Imogen controls, twists and spins in a way no other can to create statement pieces that you just want to have and you can’t help but love.
It’s that control of elements and knowing how to be unique and have that raw sense to the pieces but still moulding something so perfect that sets Imogen apart. The bespoke nature of the product is because each can only be created by her, her eye, and her mind. She is able to look at materials and see shape and form that many designers can’t.
Vision is a despairing thing, it can’t be bought and sold, it can’t be grasped at, but with Imogen vision is certainly not an issue, having followed her work for a few years you can be assured that her talent continues to deliver new ideas and pieces, and that sets out any designer as special.