What is the course about?
This course will introduce you to creating jewellery from a various range of materials that tend to be overlooked or discarded. Challenge your perceptions of value and preciousness and learn new techniques, developing one off pieces or whole collections. Have fun transforming these ordinary materials into exciting, individual wearable pieces of jewellery using a variety of techniques. You will adopt an experimental, playful approach to the unusual and the everyday, enjoying transforming them into something new. You will be encouraged to bring in your own found materials or small objects to work with and/or share with the rest of the group. Of course all the students' outcomes will vary depending on your individual starting points, goals, chosen materials and types of jewellery. You might create anything from one-off pieces or studio jewellery, to catwalk pieces or whole collections.
What will we cover?
- the use of alternative materials in jewellery making and existing examples
- the possibilities, uses and potential of working with recycled materials and found objects
- challenging ideas of value and preciousness through working with humble materials
- looking for and finding waste materials to use
- researching, collecting and recording ideas
- designing from your research and materials
- choosing waste materials to transform your ideas into jewellery
- working through ideas – experimenting with materials, making models and test pieces
- techniques suitable to create jewellery from your chosen materials
- the correct use of any tools and materials involved
- health and safety issues around the workshop equipment.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- identify a variety of materials that are suitable for jewellery production
- create a mood board to visualise your ideas and designs
- source your own materials or use those supplied, and explore the potential of these to create jewellery
- experiment and produce a range of samples, test pieces and models exploring materials, processes and ideas
- record your findings using an appropriate method such as sketchbook, technical / reflective journal, camera
- select and work with appropriate processes and techniques to transform humble materials into wearable pieces of jewellery
- Identify and solve problems such as joining several different materials and creating appropriate fastenings / fittings, etc.
- Discuss what you have learned and apply your new skills and knowledge to your jewellery practice
- Contribute to a culture of mutual support within the group, and enjoy the profitable exchange of ideas, information and inspiration
- Apply Health & Safety best practice to your jewellery-making.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for learners with no prior knowledge of jewellery making as well as those with some experience who would like to work with a different approach and unusual materials to take their jewellery in a new direction. You might find it advantageous to have prior knowledge of the tools, materials and processes in the jewellery studio but this is not necessary.
You should be able to use numbers and do simple measurements and be able to follow written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, handouts and for health and safety information. You should be able to use a computer and the internet for research. You will be invited to take part in a group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be an initial presentation to introduce the course theme. You will be encouraged to record your ideas and use these to inspire your designs and making. You may find it useful to do some work outside the designated class time in order to progress and use the workshop and tutor time appropriately. There will be 1:1 and group practical demonstrations of appropriate techniques. Group discussions, brainstorming sessions and feedback are encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
City Lit provides most of the basic tools and equipment you will need for jewellery-making. We also provide basic materials in reasonable quantities, such as base metals, chemicals and sundries.
You are encouraged to start collected any materials, small objects etc. that you would like to work with prior to the start of the course and bring them with you. There will also be a collection of materials you can use to get you started.
You are advised that sensible footwear must be worn in studio 308. For health and safety reasons, no sandals, open shoes & small pumps can be worn – even in hot weather.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a wide range of short and year-long courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.
The courses below might complement what you learned on this course:
VV401 Jewellery and mindfulness workshop
VV435 Try it out: resin jewellery
VV380 Try it out: jewellery making.