Illustration and Design for Jewellery
A jewellery course designed to provide participants with new skills in drawing, tips and shortcuts for creating beautiful work and a portfolio to build on in the future. The course will help you successfully communicate your creative design ideas...
Taught by: Melanie Eddy, Sophie Breitmeyer.
A jewellery course designed to provide participants with new skills in drawing, tips and shortcuts for creating beautiful work and a portfolio to build on in the future. The course will help you successfully communicate your creative design ideas. It will explore a number of illustration and design skills and culminate with a group critique that will enable you to share your approach and ideas with others.
Who should take this course?
Anyone with basic making skills who wants to learn how to research concepts and to understand the jewellery design process.
Jewellery students keen to develop their drawing skills towards building a portfolio of work for future studies or for personal development and enjoyment.
During the first section of the course you will explore drawing skills for jewellery design whilst developing your own personal style.
You will learn how to render different metals and gems and create visually stunning 3D images.
You will then spend time investigating how to find unusual reference material from a variety of sources, using London and its museums and galleries as a source of inspiration.
You will also learn how to successfully utilise this research as part of the design process.
Towards the end of the course you will work on a more substantial personal project based on the previous sessions work, and be shown how to present your work to the highest of standards.
A group critique will conclude the course so that you can share your approach and ideas with others.
Entry requirements: None
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
With a great grandfather who was once a diamond dealer at DeBeers, jewellery runs in the blood of this inspiring young designer. Sophie Breitmeyer is an award winning British jewellery designer, described by Vogue Italia as “a new talent to watch.” Since graduating from the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, in 2010 Sophie has worked with a number of both fine and fashion jewellery brands alongside developing her own company such as Kiki McDonough, William and Son, Winterson and Tateossian through which she has developed a strong following for her creative approach to design and her combinations of different coloured golds. A winner of the Bright Young Gem award at International Jewellery London in 2010 judged by Hilary Alexander of The Daily Telegraph, Vivienne Becker of The Financial Times and Jessica Diamond of Wallpaper Magazine. Sophie recently collaborated on a ready to wear catwalk collection for London Fashion Week 2011 with design duo Fyodor Golan, winners of the 2011 Fashion Fringe award, and was subsequently nominated to be Retail Jewellers Catwalk Jeweller of the Year 2012.
Please bring with you to the first session:
- A pad of Tracing Paper
- A pad of Graph Paper (1mm grid)
- Retractable pencil 0.3mm, preferably H lead
- A Rubber
- A metal ruler
- A hole guide (plastic with lots of different circles cut out!)
- A Compass (not an essential)
- Paper: Grey/neutral coloured - needs to be NON textured.
- Sable Paint Brushes - one extremely fine, one or two slightly larger.
- Something to mix paint on
- A2 Foam Core Board
- A scalpel
- Any images/magazine clippings you are inspired by
- Paints (these should be GOUCHE):
The following colours are a guide
- Golden Yellow (or equivalent warm yellow colour if unavailable)
- Yellow Ochre
- Burnt Sienna
- Burnt Umber
- Neutral Grey
- Ivory Black
- Permanent White
- Madder Carmine
- Any other colours you may wish to paint stones in.
IMPORTANT READ: The Art of Jewelry Design, by Gali, Riviere and Li.
Extended reading (if really interested, as these books contain excellent examples of jewellery illustration)
- Seaman Schepps - A Century of New York Jewelry Design, by Vaill and Zapata.Verdura - The Life and Work of a Master Jeweler, by Patrick Corbett.
- Art Deco Jewelry, by Sylvie Raulet
- Marina B - L'Art de la joaillerie et son design, by Viviane Jutheau de Witt.
- Paulding Farnham - Tiffanys Lost Genius, by John Loring.