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London’s treasures: designing jewellery through museum collections

London’s treasures: designing jewellery through museum collections


Looking for new inspiration for your jewellery design? Ever felt moved by an object in a museum or the story behind it?
Design, develop and realise jewellery inspired by the exciting opportunity to explore first-hand the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Gilbert Collection and its prestigious selection of highly decorated gold and silverware on this City Lit course taught by their newest artist in residence, Silvia Weidenbach.

On this course you will be taught by the artist in residence for the V&A’s Gilbert Collection, contemporary jeweller Silvia Weidenbach. Famed for the selection of snuffboxes made of gold and silver, highly decorated with precious stones, enamels and mosaics you will spend the first session at the V&A. There will be the opportunity to work closely with the beautifully crafted objects in the collection, using analogue and digital tools in activities drawing inspiration from the patterns, textures, materials and processes. Returning to the studio at City Lit, a series of research and design exercises will guide you to develop, design and make jewellery sympathetic in ethos, material or technique to the collection. Working alongside other jewellers, you will help each other with peer discussions on contemporary making, and with guidance and practical demonstrations from the tutor you will develop your own pieces of work, culminating in a showcase in the City Lit Foyer.