During each lesson, participants get to introduced to basic jewellery tools as they use them to create different surface textures. They are able to understand each tools specific usage in order to acquire distinct visual aesthetics. Theory and demonstration of the basic techniques as well as instructor’s guidance is there in order to finish participant’s masterpiece by the end of the fifth day.
From the brainstorming of your own design to sketching of the jewellery, the first day starts with an introduction about the workshop, the instructor and basics of design where students make a research analyse their findings by exploring their surrounding environment (100 words, 100 materials, 100 images). Then sketching in 2D a pendant for a person you miss, a bracelet to feel safe, an earring for a song you love and a ring to show your status is one of the brainstorming session.
Everyone starts to work on the pieces they want to work on by an introduction into gold smithing workshop, tools and materials. On the day two and three, the metal work using different techniques has been taught; drilling, sawing, filing, bending, hammering. Using these techniques the students work on their own pendant, pair of earrings and a ring. Moreover the experiment with different materials by associating it to different verbs (heavy, light, dark, happy, colourful… etc.) has been done in order to transform the materials into 2D shapes using drafting, paper, and clay-‐modelling. It is about transforming the 2D shapes into a 3D metal shape (ring).
On the day four and five, the work one on one to start forming a set of parure (ring, earrings, bracelet and pendant) has been done with the final touch to see the result of the pieces done throughout the workshop. After finalising the pieces, it is ready to wear.
This has been the second workshop in D3 and all of the participants had a great learning experience as well as an insight of jewellery making process. 55fifty7 is the space where qualified jewellery professionals and talented designers guide the participants on creative quest and help them to refine their ideas into reality.