The Jewellery And Accessories programme is well established and has international standing. The strength of the course lies in; a broad interpretation of the subject; innovative use of materials; specialist teaching by world-class practitioners and a placement year. Teaching methods allow students to embrace a variety of careers, which go way beyond the field of Jewellery, and Final year BA graduates, produce work of MA standard.
‘I Cherish Even Her Shadow’ is a body of work exploring motifs of death, rebirth and collecting. Using Victorian jewellery as a reference, this series is a modern interpretation of mourning jewellery. Man-made fossils trap and preserve the texture of sea urchin shells which have been embellished or transformed into lockets and brooches, with the aim of evoking a sense of memory and loss. The absence of life and therefore of colour is a key element in this work. While this collection grieves for no one it alludes to sadness. The sea urchin has become a metaphor for the transience of life, the jewellery reminding us of what once was.
SAVE THE DATE: June 8th – 11th & 27th – 30th
Middlesex University BA (Hons) Jewellery & Accessories would like to invite you to Graduate Shows 2012
Showing: June 8th – 11th at Platform: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
June 27th – 30th at New Designers: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, N1*please note: Platform is free entry, New Designers tickets must be bought.
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I realised that most were related to changes in values in a materialistic society.
Love is precious, but I wonder what love is in this modern society.
Through reading these,my work is a reflection on modern love stories which I have gathered from others.
Originally inspired by a teardrop tattoo and the feeling of losing a loved one, This collection is based on love.
Early childhood memories are often invented – stories remembered but altered by our own fragmented memories. These recollections are often associated with an emotion felt at a particular time, they are visions sometimes detached from any context and holding a dream-like quality. I remember a fascination with the miniature, specifically Polly Pocket, a minute, plastic doll and now I use these childhood objects as a trigger to evoke early memories.
Miniature objects create the notion that there is a small world, to which they belong, and toys can portray a perfect world that only reflects positive things in a snapshot in time, they may not give the bigger picture. My pieces have enabled me to transform and disrupt these small worlds, showing decay over time.
Reflecting on a mourning for childhood and the displacement of these artefacts suggest memories diluting or sometimes resurfacing.
Lydia Miriam Jones
Living in Tanzania and volunteering at ‘Neema Crafts Centre’ for deaf and disabled has inspired my current work; each piece reflects my own attitudes towards jewellery and materialism. My passion for making is fuelled by traditions and skills I was exposed to whilst there, in particular a ‘bottle to beads’ recycling process.
The journey of my pieces starts with the collecting of materials: glass bottles; newspapers and other found objects which are translated into new forms through the use of low-tech production, such as slip casting. The use of these items, which would normally be discarded, may challenge our perception of value, preciousness of materials and of our possessions. I explore crafts through traditional roots yet use western facilities, not being particular about perfection, but embracing imperfections as beauty.