It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
JULY 2nd 2016
Passion & Integrity Commerce & Creativity Equality Not Hierarchy
Barbara Tipple - United Kingdom
TheWIFTS Foundation Award
Internationally Renowned Jeweller & Philanthropist
For her philanthropic support by inaugurating The Barbara Tipple Best Actress award since TheWIFTS inception, Barbara Tipple is the recipient of TheWIFTS Foundation Award 2016.
Barbara Tipple is a multi-award winning Jewellery designer, renowned for her artistic fine jewellery. Barbara's work is inspired by nature, born in the mind, drawn onto paper and crafted by hand.
Barbara attended Hornsey art college where she won her first Diamond International award in her second year. She turned down offers to design for Bond St jewellers, as she did not want to design commercially, and has remained an independent jeweller all her life.
The Barbara Tipple brand is a prominent and respected name in the world of fine jewellery, both in the United Kingdom and abroad. Barbara has consistently pushed the boundaries of jewellery design, earning her four world renowned De Beers Diamonds International Awards, an achievement which gained her membership of the prestigious Diamonds International Academy, Freedom of the City of London, and an honorary Doctorate from the University of Portsmouth.
Barbara Tipple and Andrew Grima are the only British Designers to have won the award three times in the history of the competition.
Barbara prides herself on providing a bespoke jewellery design service where she works closely alongside her clients, who wish to have a piece of jewellery designed and handmade exclusively for them.
Tipple works alongside her husband, Master Goldsmith David Ward. David is one of Britain's most gifted craftsman and it is his artistic approach that gave him early recognition. He has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London for his outstanding contribution to the British Jewellery industry. David hand makes pieces in the workshop below the showroom in Mayfair London. His flair to recognize a concept in a seemingly incongruous blend of materials at the highest standard of workmanship makes him the ideal craftsman to realise Barbara's vision.
All of Barbara Tipple's jewellery is designed and handmade in London using only the highest quality precious gemstones, most of which are extremely rare. Barbara and David travel the world looking for the perfect stones for her designs. It is the quality and rarity of these natural elements which help to make much of Barbara's jewellery precious, timeless and unique.
This British Award winning partnership of design and hand craftsmanship not only create outstanding individual and artistic jewellery, but also vibrant core collections which are on show at Mayfair and Southsea.
"Barbara's work – it is made of the finest, most precious materials and is intended to last forever. She works with metals both precious and semi-precious, bronze and all manner of stones from the most precious of all, such as Sandawana Emeralds and the finest diamonds to semi-precious tourmaline and rock crystal. She loves combining metals such as steel and 22ct gold and then adding the finest engraving or inlaid work. Most of her pieces are strong and bold and one or two are almost monumental with a primitive feeling which is counterpointed by the extremely high quality of finishes and workmanship." Financial Times Lucia Van De Post.
The Barbara Tipple collection consists of bespoke artistic pieces and also an affordable range, and all made in the UK.