Two Turtle Doves: A Memoir of Making Things
Saturday 27 September 2014
Blenheim Palace: The Indian RoomVenue
Join world-famous jewellery designer Alex Monroe as he reveals how he grew from being a small, curious boy in the Suffolk countryside to be owner of one of the most successful and iconic jewellery brands. During the event there will be an opportunity to enjoy drinks (included in admission price) with Monroe and look at and purchase some of his exquisite jewellery.
He is a long-term favourite in the Liberty jewellery hall and a quintessentially British designer. Creating irresistible nature-inspired pieces, his bumble bee necklace has almost iconic status; the signature design adorning the necks of fashion fans and fine jewellery lovers alike. Alex Monroe jewellery is crafted by hand in impeccable, ornate detail at his workshop in London.
Monroe grew up in the 1970s in a giant, crumbling house without visible parental influence but with sisters and brothers to love him and look out for him. Creativity became a compulsion for him, whether he was designing go-carts, crossbows, guns, boats, bikes or scooters. In Two Turtle Doves, he traces how an idea is transformed from a fleeting thought into an exquisite piece of jewellery.
Monroe trained at Sir John Cass School of Art in Whitechapel. He set up his business, Alex Monroe Jewellery, in London in 1986. His work is strongly inspired by nature and British eccentricity.
Supported by Eileen and Munir Majid.