The FT's How To Spend It celebrates the aesthetics of curator Janice Blackburn in this weekend's edition. Janice has been mentor and friend to generations of British designers and craftspeople. We first met decades ago when I worked for Tom Dixon, who was as thankful for her support and encouragement as I am today. She generously credits her Alice Cicolini Samarkand fire opal ring as being the best gift she's been given, quite a compliment from this extraordinary woman. Now advising 10 Downing Street, as well as continuing to travel the globe in search of new talent, Janice is tireless in her determination to seek out each generation's most exciting practitioners. Many of them, like me, have careers as a result.