Making It....Object Design for Jewellers

Overview

Participants will develop an understanding of the object design process from sketching and model making to translation into a three-dimensional object, or suite of related objects. Participants will explore and experiment with different media and methods of fabrication to problem-solve construction methods for the production of one of their designs.

Course content

Sketching: Using a personal collection of 10 items as a source of inspiration, the participants will be guided through a series of directed drawing activities with the intention of building and developing their sketches into three-dimensional maquettes Prototypes: These sketches will be used to construct and build paper-card models exploring the different ways of working from 2 dimensions into 3 dimensions. A series of prototypes will be developed using a diverse range of non-precious materials with the emphasis on experimentation and play. There will be discussion about scale, function and non-function. Object: Using one prototype, an object will be constructed from metal, or metal incorporating other materials; or the one design may be made in three different media, making a suite of related works. Demonstrations: There will be ongoing assistance and demonstrations as the need arises during the course of the workshop. Relevant and appropriate metal manipulation and fabrication, surface treatments and finishes will be considered. Discussion: During the workshop there will be ongoing group discussion and opportunities for participants to share their skills, knowledge and experiments. Documentation of ideas and experiments is encouraged for future reference.

Ideal for

This course is suited to those with some experience in gold & silversmithing. Participants need to be self directed, able to use a torch (anneal, solder) and have an interest in exploring their practice further.

More information

Outcome

Each participant will end up with sketches from their own reference material and a series of three-dimensional models. One model will be further developed and constructed using various techniques, processes and materials.

Pre-requisites

This course is suited to those with some experience in gold & silversmithing. Participants need to be self directed, able to use a torch (anneal, solder) and have an interest in exploring their practice further.

Materials supplied

PLEASE NOTE, some basic tools and safety equipment will be available but it is suggested that participants bring their own where possible.

Materials to bring

PLEASE NOTE, some basic tools and safety equipment will be available but it is suggested that participants bring their own where possible. • 10 or more personal items for sketching – these should reflect your own interests, have a personal connection. Consider these items carefully as they will be used for design purposes • A range of drawing media – biro, thick/thin texta, coloured pencils, ink, water colours. Media that is bold and colourful • Digital camera for documentation and design process • Large sewing needles & thread, stapler with staples, scissors, glue stick, masking tape • Range of non-precious materials for maquettes – fabric scraps, wire, felt, plastic, card, string, thread etc. Items will be shared • Jewellery hand tools- individual saw frame, blades, snips, round and flat nose pliers, files, range of drill bits and other personal items for metal work • Range of metals - RMIT will supply basic copper and brass sheet and wire. Bring silver in various thicknesses if required • Round plastic sanding discs for the flexible shaft drill (white), split mandril for emery paper. Sheets of Emery paper / emery sticks 600 wet and dry and finer grades • Soldering tongs, probe and matt, safety glasses, binding wire for soldering, hard and easy solder, soldering flux/ borax (for silver and copper

Award

Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.

Additional notes

Course Presenter Julie Blyfield worked at Gray Street Workshop, the contemporary jewellery collective in Adelaide, South Australia, for 23 years. In 2010 she established her own independent studio in Maylands, SA. Julie exhibits her jewellery and vessel work nationally and internationally and is represented by Gallery Funaki in Melbourne, Galerie Ra in Amsterdam, Charon Kransen Arts in USA and Adrian Sassoon in London. Julie has undertaken residencies in London and Travassos, Portugal and studied herbaria in Cambridge and Edinburgh botanical gardens. In 2007 she was a recipient of the South Australian Living Artist Award. Julie mentors emerging jewellers and has lectured and presented jewellery workshops and seminar papers across the USA. Her work is found in many museum collections including the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, the V&A Museum in London and nearly all the main art galleries in Australia such as the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Printable course flyer

Available course dates


Learn more

Share