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.
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, CSM