IN THE PRESS
I haven’t had a guest post in a long time but when friend, fellow-journalist and kindred spirit Cosmo Brockway suggested he write about a talented friend of his silversmith Hal Messel for the site – i knew he has an eye for the beautiful and the soulful like myself so of course agreed. Over to Cosmo and his lyrical intonations (scroll to the end of the post to learn more about India-loving Cosmo). You can also see more of Hal’s incredible live-work space in the Cotswolds at Architectural Digest.
Silver has been coveted, adored and mined since the mists of time, woven into mythology, fuelling empires and inspiring exquisite creations to adorn temples and bodies alike. While not as rare as gold, this versatile mineral has carved a rich seam through 3,000 years of human civilisation.
Ancient Egyptians cast their god’s bones in pure silver, Anglo-Saxons traded in ‘sterling’ (hence our modern currency name) and the medieval wealthy tried in vain to keep the bubonic plague away by eating off silver dishes, from which comes the saying ‘born with a silver spoon…’.
Contemporary silver designers across the globe are reaching ever more ambitious and imaginative heights, often re-casting everyday objects and period concepts in fresh and exciting forms. We love the Bali workshops of New York jeweller John Hardy, where artisans under Creative Director Hollie Bonneville Barden fashion ravishing (and ethical) creations loved in Manhattan and Palm Beach. Elsewhere, Lahore’s pioneering Zohra Rahman set London Fashion Week alight with deft translations of the utilitarian (think paper clips worked in solid silver) into desirable accessories and objet.
Closer to home, Cotswolds-based silversmith Hal Messel is gaining recognition for his striking craftsmanship inspired by the Huguenot silver masters of the 17th and 18th century, with a modern, whimsical touch. His exhibition earlier this year for Craft Week at Pimlico Road’s Colefax & Fowler showroom garnered praise aplenty from press and collectors alike. We met Hal, who works from his glorious converted honey-coloured chapel, surrounded by tools of his trade and relics of the Messel family’s artistic legacy, to hear about his passion for working with the precious metal.
"I believe silver is a really exciting material. It was after all created in the last second of a particularly large supernova occurrence." - Hal Messel
Read the Guest Post here - The Beat That My Heart Skipped