What is the course about?
Taking inspiration from fashion and accessories on the catwalk, this course will give you a thorough grounding in both traditional and contemporary beaded jewellery techniques, to produce your own beaded piece. The focus of the course is on designing for the fashion industry, so alongside the making element you will be encouraged to learn about key aspects of the design cycle including working from initial ideas, research, sampling, selection and rejection of ideas.
What previous students loved about this course:
"The varied topics covered meant we achieved a lot in the four weeks. The size of the group was just right so were each able to get individual attention when needed."
What will we cover?
- Fashion brands as inspiration for your own pieces of beaded jewellery
- Creating mood boards and exploring colour schemes
- Beaded jewellery techniques such as knotting, wire wrapping and wire twisting
- Constructed textile techniques for making one-off personal pieces
- Which beads and tools to use - including visiting a bead shop with the tutor
- How to make findings and how to attach them
- Consider how to create larger scale work for the catwalk or to add drama to your collections.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- look at a fashion brand and create beaded jewellery pieces in response to their style
- use traditional beaded jewellery techniques to create one-off pieces
- create a mood board to present your ideas to clients
- finish your beaded jewellery objects with appropriate findings
- create works of varying scale.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels, from beginners to experienced jewellers looking to experiment in a new medium.
You will need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussions. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through practical demonstrations both to the group and to individuals. Group discussions and feedback are encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Most materials and equipment will be supplied, but you may want to bring your own beads and pliers. You will be advised on additional materials you will need in the first session.
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.
These courses, from 17-18 Main Programme might be of particular interest to develop what you learned or your outcomes from this course:
VV418 Introduction to Fashion Jewellery
VV601 Introdution to Jewellery Making.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details