BA Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins presents a novel body of work that challenges the future of jewellery. Driven by innovation and materiality this years graduates explore key themes from playful nostalgia to witty interpretations of everyday norms.
Muhua Chen’s graduate collection is a personal response to her childhood memories. Inspired by her collection of toys and the endless joy and amusement she had lost in the moment of make believe and play. The collection of six is designed around specific memories personal to her. She utilises a combination of solid brass with transparent acrylic to craft a delicate balance of playful, kinetic sculptures. Designed with the aim to delight and amuse the wearer and remind them to reminisce and ‘take a trip down memory lane’.
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Homage to Welsh Miners
Alexandra Crathern’s collection pays tribute to her welsh heritage, in particular the coal mining industry. A labour intensive process that played a critical role in the country’s industrial economy in the 19th and 20th century. Working directly with locally sourced anthracite coal, a hard, compact material with a subtle metallic luster, often overlooked and disregarded as a ‘dirty substance’. Crathern has solicitously reworked the material to highlight its delicate beauty. Through this process, she has captured the interaction of the material on the maker’s hand, how the coal dust boldly blackens the surface of the skin. An iconic representation of a coal miner’s hand, depicting the critical story of a welsh miners life.
Supermarket Sweep ‘Buy One Get One Free’
How can an ordinary visit to a local supermarket become the basis of inspiration for a novel jewellery collection? Inspired by the signs and marketing symbols of supermarket products, Stacey Huang has transformed the throwaway visual language of commercial consumption into a witty collection of buy one get one free gold-plated and pearl jewellery. Challenging people to question their response to modern day throwaway culture.
Doing the Dishes the Swarovski Way
From supermarket inspiration to daily commute, designer Lucie Davis takes inspiration from the most unlikely of places. Her collection of ‘jewellery’ is designed to challenge our notions of what jewellery is, leading us to question not only its material but intrinsic value. Does a piece of jewellery have to be made of precious materials? Or can we combine everyday materials with precious stones to create unexpected outcomes? Winner of this years Swarvoski’s Jewellery Design Project with her playful sponge ring collection where she integrates crystals in to an ordinary washing up sponge. The ring comes alive during the washing up process when the sponge interacts with water, causing it to grow and expand. Continuing this playful approach, Davis combines nail art with technology. Taking the mundane process of ‘touching in touching out’ during her daily commute as her muse, she designed a set of false nails with an RFID tag to replace the iconic Oyster card.