Swarovski and Central Saint Martins have worked together for 17 years, and the relationship goes from strength to strength. As a result of the brand's commitment to sustainability 2019 has seen Swarovski and Central Saint Martins launch their Conscious Design Partnership which will result in the publication of an online hub - a digital resource for designers - later this year. The brand has also increased the number of scholarships it offers our students from two to eight across our BA Jewellery Design and BA Fashion Design programmes.
"We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Central Saint Martins which has been challenging and supporting some of the UK’s most talented jewellery design students for over a decade.”
Nadja Swarovski, member of the Swarovski Executive Board
Jewellery Design Project 2019 - Dior and the Aurora Borealis Crystal
In 2019 the Swarovski x Central Saint Martins jewellery project invited students to create concepts inspired by Swarovski's iconic Aurora Borealis cyrstal and the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition that was held at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Thirty two BA Jewellery Design students developed a creative response to the project brief which championed the Aurora Borealis stone. Ten of these students were shortlisted, selected by a panel of industry experts including Kate Filmer-Wilson (Executive Vice President of Operations at Swarovski) and jewellery designer Shaun Leane. Their work was exhibited at a special showcase event and cocktail reception hosted by Swarovski at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
The winning design - Scent - was created by student Piran Caseley. Crafted from clear acrylic and studded with Aurora Borealis crystals, the dramatic neckpiece was designed as a visual representation of perfume - an essential element of Dior's concept of couture.
The opportunity for students to combine Swarovski product with their responses to the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition has been a wonderful, insightful and exciting experience for the whole group. It is an extraordinary start to their careers as designers."
Giles Last, Course Leader BA Jewellery Design
Jewellery Design Project 2018 - Vanishing Worlds
Since 2002 Swarovski has accessed our students' talent through a jewellery design project which challenges third year BA Jewellery Design students to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation with crystal in jewellery design.
From the 46 students who began the project, ten were shortlisted and supported by Swarovski to realise their concepts and exhibit their developed collection in the degree show, working to the thematic brief of ‘Vanishing Worlds’. The importance of sustainability and responsible practice is underlined by the use of crystal and gemstones from Swarovski’s upcycling program which seeks to repurpose unused products into new materials.
Kristina Ferenchuk (above right) won the award for her piece, which explores how human activity has contributed to vanishing ecosystems in the last decade. The Swarovski embellished concertina necklace represents the interconnection and symmetrical balance of the different organisms within nature. Runner-up Ruby Parker (above left) was also highly commended for her bread-based pieces entitled 'Use Your Loaf'. Her impactful collection used Swarovski crystals to highlight the value of food and the issue of food waste.
"Vanishing Worlds is a welcome theme as it makes people think broadly. This year's project highlights an array of interpretations, from vanishing ecosystems to the vanishing custom tailor, and it fits into an increasing need and drive towards an awareness of sustainability and responsible practice."
Caroline Broadhead, Former Programme Leader and Course Leader, BA Jewellery Design