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Giles studied jewellery at the Central School of Art and Design in the 1980s. Moving to Barcelona in 1990 to study enamelling. On his return to the UK in 1993, Giles joined the staff at Central Saint Martins and in 2001 he gained a Masters in Public Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, where he started exploring a jewellery-based narrative on an environmental scale. His current practice involves a range of work that spans enamelling, jewellery and public art.
In his role as tutor, one of Giles’ specialisms is organising and running live projects for students with leading companies from the jewellery industry, museums, public bodies and societies. He has been instrumental in developing design, research and trend-forecasting collaborations with a variety of clients including the V & A Museum, The Barbican, Cartier, Dodo, Cool Diamonds, Folli Follie, Medical Research Council, Liberation Fairtrade Foods, The Worshipful Company of Tinplate Workers and the British Art Medal Society. Such projects are designed to increase the students’ awareness and understanding of commercial working practices and to allow invaluable insights into ways the industry operates as well as to allow companies to access the students’ creativity and fresh ways of approaching challenges.
Stage one of the course is designed to lay down the basic skills of design and making whilst continually exploring the relationship jewellery has with the body, with art and with fashion. It is concerned with promoting sustainable and ethical practice.