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Nina Srdanovic

BA Jewellery Design student
Central Saint Martins
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Nina  Srdanovic


Nina Srdanovic is a second year student studying BA (Hons) Jewellery Design, at Central Saint Martins.


Why did you choose to study BA (Hons) Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins?

In 2021, I completed the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at CSM, and it was there that I discovered my passion for jewellery design. I had always enjoyed painting and drawing, but I wanted my work to have a purpose beyond the canvas. I also considered product design and fashion, but neither quite fit the bill - I craved something with more narrative and ornamentation, yet still being able to work on a small scale. It wasn't until a one-day workshop during the Diagnostic Foundation pathway that I realised jewellery design was the perfect fit for me. I completed my Foundation year on the Jewellery, Footwear and Fashion Accessories pathway and then progressed to the undergraduate course at Central Saint Martins.

What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on so far?

During my first year, I had the privilege of collaborating with Swarovski - an experience that proved invaluable! Not only was I honoured to be awarded 1st prize, but the professional experience I gained was truly notable. Through this collaboration, I learned how to set up an exhibition, design around a sustainability report, work within a professional contract, and present my ideas confidently to a client. Of course, the highlight of the project was having the opportunity to incorporate thousands of Swarovski Crystals into my design, which allowed for boundless creativity and experimentation.

What important piece of advice would you give to students thinking of studying this course?

I honestly believe that you can start your Jewellery Design degree with little to no knowledge about the craft. If you're hesitant to apply because you don't know the difference between soldering and welding or can't name 5 jewellery designers, don't worry. The entire purpose of the course is to learn, and the tutors and technicians at CSM are incredibly supportive, regardless of your jewellery background!

However, it's important to note that the course can be very challenging, but if you're willing to put in the time and effort, you'll be rewarded with amazing opportunities that can help you grow as a designer.

What has been the highlight of your Central Saint Martins experience?

One of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences I've had at CSM was collaborating with BA (Hons) Fashion Design: Womenswear students during my first year. The project was undoubtedly the hardest I had ever undertaken, but it was also the most invaluable. It's a true privilege to be constantly surrounded by so many talented and creative individuals and having an opportunity to collaborate and network through a course-integrated project was amazing.

What are your career aspirations?

Honestly, five years ago, I didn't even know that jewellery design could be a university degree. Therefore, it's hard for me to predict where I'll be in five years, given the vast array of specialisations and career paths I may not even know exist yet. That said, my ultimate aspiration is to design for a luxury fine or high jewellery house. I'm drawn to the sensibilities of influential jewellery design, and I aspire to blend these established, sophisticated elements with my own passion for creating unconventional and innovative pieces.

What is the most important thing you learnt on the course?

Jewellery design is an art form that can draw inspiration from the most unexpected places. Some of my best pieces have been inspired by the silhouettes of everyday objects, like sewing pins. I've learned that creating great jewellery doesn't always require profound, gut-wrenching narratives. As long as you can support your designs with solid research, you can transform virtually anything into jewellery.

Don't be afraid to explore new sources of inspiration, and don't feel limited by preconceived notions of what jewellery should look like. The beauty of this craft lies in its endless possibilities and the potential to transform even the most mundane objects into something extraordinary. With research as your foundation, you can unlock your creativity and craft unique pieces that truly stand out.


View more of Nina's work on her Instagram

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