Nicola Cursley-Bond
Designed By Bond
68 The Old High Street
Folkestone
Kent
CT20 1RN
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Designed By Bond is the collection of work by new designer and silversmith Nicola Cursley-Bond.

Her designs are inspired by living in, and travelling through, some of the most colourful and exotic places in the world: from the gardens of Africa to the crystal waters in Thailand; from spending her childhood exploring the souks and deserts of Saudi Arabia; to spending many years visiting the volcanic craters and white beaches of Ascension Island.

Nicola applies traditional silversmithing techniques and draws on her fine art training by using semi precious stones like an artist uses paint. Exploring the interaction of colour and shapes to reflect an emotional experience, like a simmering sunset over the Atlas Mountains. Offering handmade unique jewellery with distinctive short run ranges, characterised by their colour, elegance and simplicity.

Nicola is also the co-owner and curator of the up-and-coming contemporary jewellery and art gallery, Cursley & Bond, along with her husband Chris Cursley in Folkestone's Creative Quarter.

Exhibitions

Folkestone Fringe Arts Triennial 2014: Curated "Border Crossings" an exhibition of designers, artists and craft-makers who blur those respective boundaries, as part of the Folkestone Fringe calendar during the international arts festival, Folkestone Triennial. Aug-Oct 2014

"Field of Hope 2014" Curated and hosted this fundraising exhibition for Cancer Research UK at Cursley & Bond, Kent. March-April 2014

Poetry Pop-Up Shop: Georges House Gallery, for Folkestones' Poetry festival. Nicola created her first art jewellery piece for this curated exhibition: "All the words I utter" taking inspiration from William Butler Yeats poem "Where my books go", March 2014

July 2013 - ongoing: Set up the contemporary jewellery gallery Cursley & Bond with seasonal showcases.
Open Quarter June 2013: Creative Quarter, Folkestone, Kent .

20 Days of Christmas: a collaboration with The Travelling Pop-up Emporium and Space Gallery, Folkestone, Kent. 5-24th December 2012
The Travelling Pop-up Emporium: Whitstable, The 'Show off' Gallery, 15-20th November 2012
The Travelling Pop-up Emporium: A Folkestone Pop-up shop in The Creative Quarter, Folkestone, Kent: 22-28th August 2012
Summer in the city: A JeDeCo Showcase for London Jewellery Week, The Cornershop, Craft Central, Clerkenwell Green, London: 12 - 17th June 2012
Attellier Jewellery, Isle of White: Feb-May 2012
Gifted: Space Gallery, Folkestone, Kent: Dec-Jan 2012

Design Gallery, IJL: 2011
Treasure, London Jewellery Week: 2011
The Jewellery Show, Spring Fair: 2011

Biography

Nicola's experience encompasses fine art; glass making; silversmithing and jewellery design.

She was awarded a BA(Hons) Fine Art by Cheltenham Art College, Gloucestershire University and spent a year gaining glass making skills at The International Glass Centre, Dudley.

She trained as a jeweller through: self learning; short courses at Central Saint Martins and Holts Academy; as well as workshops with various jewellers such as Kelvin Birk at Cockpit Arts Studio.

She currently resides in her gallery Cursley & Bond, working at her bench as well as curating seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the wealth of contemporary jewellery, art and craft in Britain today.