It's time for my final module at the School of Jewellery!
Continuing on from the 'Full Bloom' ring that I made for a previous module (Full Bloom Ring) I have decided to explore the potential of laser sintering more in depth and create a statement neck piece which will have interchangeable flowers so the neck piece can be a new design every time it's worn.
Taking inspiration from flowers such as peonies for their full bloom shape I want to incorporate them into various flowers which will build up and become a collection of their own to go onto the neck piece.
I've chosen to make the neck piece base out of hexagons as this reflects honeycomb and the bees which pollinate the flowers and to create awareness for the dying British bee.
With laser sintering I have the freedom to print this neck piece in one using a chain mail method. With consideration to the build plate size the neck piece can be built flat in sections and then joined back together with silver cast links.
Yesterday I visited the Spring Fair, Jewellery and watch show at the NEC Arena in Birmingham. I visited the show mostly for research purposes to see what the latest trends were and what style of jewellery was on sale there to see if my style would fit in with the show for the fututre. I also had a great time talking to the exhibitors there and taking in all of the advice that they had for me for when I leave university.
I also attended a talk on marketing towards the 'millennial' market by Sarah Jordan and learned some very interesting facts.
If you like to know the odd stat then these are for you!
This advert by Forevermark isn't aimed at either the female or male market it is aimed towards both and the hashtags are more prominent than the ring
A trend that I found at the show was for Rose Gold jewellery; almost every stand that I went to.From 'Dower and Hall' right down to the independent designer/makers at the show; they mostly had at least one item in rose gold on their stands.
For the past three weeks we have been focusing on creating either a Business Plan or a career Plan and I have been given a real insight into the industry which I haven't really had a thought about before. I plan to have a part-time job to begin with, or maybe a full time job depending on finance, and start to set up and grow my own business as a designer maker.
Originally I wanted to be a maker for a company but after doing some industry research I found that no one was really making jewellery in the style that I like and my aim is to be enjoying my job; and making my own work will be hard work but hopefully rewarding at the end of the day. After contacting James Newman, a successful business here in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter I have been offered a day’s work experience in March which I am very excited about! I really respect James Newman and the work that his workshop produces as it is high quality and a bit different to your more traditional fine jewellery.
Last week we also had a talk from Jo Stroud (business owner of 'Fabulous' in Leamington Spa and Solihull) and Sinade Prosser (Retail supervisor and the creative + buying manager in the Solihull 'Fabulous' store) who talked about all of the areas you could go into in the jewellery industry; so not just a designer, maker, or sales assistant. You could go on to be a window/ display designer, buyer for a larger retail department store or a sales manager for example. This got me thinking more about the different routes i could go down so I asked Sinade for some possible work experience and I have 3 days coming up in March working in the Solihull store learning about various parts of the business and how it runs successfully. Talking to Jo and Sinade made me feel much calmer about my future and understanding that nothing is set in stone in terms of your future.
This week we had two talks from Managing Directcor of Westom Beamor, Andrew Morton, and School of Jewellery alumni, Jack Rowe who has gone on to be a successful designer maker of luxury pens and a freelance CAD (computer aided design) designer. Both of whom offered an invaluable insight into this industry and stressed that doing what you love is the main aim of the game and to remind yourself why you're doing what you're doing every day. Jack is someone to look up to because he was been through this course and seven years on. He still wakes up every morning excited to get to work. Andrew Morton also gave some very good advice to go and get experience in other creative industries and work on your transferable skills as those are what will stay with you no matter where you’re or where you're working.
So who knows what the future holds for me but I'm excited to explore my options and see where things take me. my main focus for the next few months will be to design, explore and develop a collection for my final project at the School of Jewellery and go on to sell it.
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I am a third year student at the School Of Jewellery in Birmingham. Posts will be based upon my progress through my final year on this DFI course.
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