About the Course
Explore the narrative within contemporary jewellery by building on the stories of found objects and materials. By combining found objects and other materials such as silver, students will create a small object or piece of jewellery in the form of a layered ‘Diorama’ based on their own designs. We will be exploring Into the Woods – "a darker look at fairy tales". This is an Intermediate level jewellery course.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Work confidently with a variety of materials and found objects to produce a finished piece of jewellery or small object in the form of a diorama.
Explore and develop a design that takes inspiration from a fairy tale
Develop your own personal aesthetic
Identify tools and equipment needed to complete the project.
Work confidently in a group applying Health and Safety guidelines.
Class format and activities
Fairy tales are often seen as being sweet and sickly, however if you return to some of your childhood stories and read them again, you might be surprised at how dark and rich some of the imagery can be.
You will start by working from a fairy tale, and model making in paper and found materials, playing with layering to create a diorama or ‘small scene’ in a box, before moving on to use various materials as an inspiration point to make a piece of jewellery or a small object.
You will be assisted in using various techniques by the tutor, as they provide you with the starting point and show you examples of how other jewellers have combined components in creative ways, not necessarily by conventional means!
Before the course you will be given an image or piece of text to work from. Open your mind, be creative and playful, and use the materials you bring with you to create an unusual and thoughtful piece that illustrates or represents a moment from the story in some way. You can be as playful, and obscure as you like, this does not have to be a literal representation…
This will be a class that treats jewellery as art, and though some traditional jewellery-making skills will be taught, you may well end up creating a piece made entirely from carved wood, or attach your precious components with painted twine…
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
This is an intermediate or advanced level course
For those who have taken a related course or have some existing skills. The focus is on further developing and building of skills working towards independent practice.
At least a basic knowledge of soldering, piercing and metal working is required, the more skills you have the more you will get out of the course. You will be expected to do some independent working alongside tuition.
What you need to know before you enrol
The jewellery studio is on the 3rd floor of the main building, there is lift access. You need a moderate level of fitness to be able to use jewellery equipment. Some chemicals used may be harmful in pregnancy. Please let the tutor know if you are pregnant and they will advise you as to necessary precautions.
What you will need for your class
All tools needed to take part in the course are available in the workshop. We also provide basic materials in reasonable quantities, such as base metals, paper, acrylics, enamel etc. There are some items you will need to purchase yourself such as precious metals (silver and gold), stones, saw blades and specific sized drill bits. Your tutor will help you assess your metal requirements for each project and provide a list of suppliers.
It would also be helpful to bring:
• Any silver or gold sheet, wire and chain that you already have..
• Suitable workshop clothing, a hairband if you have long hair, and an apron or old shirt.
• Any scraps, oddments or found objects you may find of interest.
• Any ribbon, ropes, string. Needle and thread if you have them.
• A sketch book/note book, pen, pencil, watercolours, charcoal. Whatever you like to work with.
• Any beads, old discarded items, whatever they may be, old carved pieces of wood, broken ceramics, lost earrings and rings, unusual stones….rusted fragments…
• Old prints, images or etchings you might be able to cut up and use.
Though we may not use all of the above, the more you have access to, the more creative you can be!
Some extra materials will be available from the tutor, including some inspirational materials and found objects and some rope and strings.
What you can do next
Zoe Arnold also teaches Contemporary Jewellery on Wednesday evenings VJE031B/C.
A mixed level or intermediate course in jewellery making at Morley College
A specialised short or weekend course in jewellery making at Morley College
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