Student Stories: Flavia Myrrha’s Summer of Experimental Jewellery
Want to make the most of your summer holiday? Then why not follow in the footsteps of Flavia Myrrha! Last Summer School Flavia pursued her “real passion” for jewellery making and, travelling from Brazil, attended Anastasia Young’s explorative Experimental Jewellery course.
In the beginning of 2018 I was looking for a course that covered different forms of jewellery making and after researching, Experimental Jewellery looked to be the best one! I changed my vacation period at the bank in order to go to London and study upon this one course and it was so much better than I thought it would ever be!
What is your name and where are you from?
Flavia Myrrha and I’m from Brazil.
What made you want to study a short course?
I have been planning to go to London to do a jewellery course for a long time. Jewellery is my passion, my hobby, and it really completes me when I’m working on pieces. During the day I work in a bank but when I go home the first thing I want to do is create work of my own.
In the beginning of 2018 I was looking for a course that covered different forms of jewellery making and after researching, Experimental Jewellery looked to be the best one! I changed my vacation period at the bank in order to go to London and study upon this one course and it was so much better than I thought it would ever be! I came back to Brazil completely in love with everything that I learned, and with a lot of new ideas in my head. I started working upon new ideas the very next day that I arrived back home! I also started planning the next CSM course I wanted to attend straight away.
© Flavia Myrrha
What course did you study on and why did you choose it?
I studied Experimental Jewellery because it’s the area of creativity I love working in the most. Also, in Brazil it can be difficult to find courses that work in an experimental way and with new materials.
What did you enjoy most about your course?
I loved the way that the course was run by our tutor, Anastasia Young. We could make everything with our own hands, see how it works and how to carry out each step. It was a very practical and easy way to learn, and apply our new skills further.
© Flavia Myrrha
How has this course benefited your career and personal development?
The course opened my mind, it gave me new ideas and taught me new ways to work with jewellery. I’m now creating my business plan and calculating what I have to invest in in order to start my own business, using different materials and creating different pieces.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking a short course at Central Saint Martins?
I’ve already suggested the course to some colleagues and friends that love jewellery as much as I do! When I was studying at CSM I also posted some stories and photos upon my Instagram account, sharing my experiences. Some of my friends asked me about what I was posting and I told them that Experimental Jewellery is a very practical course; we do everything with our own hands and get to learn a lot of different things that are difficult to learn in Brazil. CSM has a good support structure too and it’s a very pleasant place to study.
© Flavia Myrrha
What do you believe is integral to the work of an artist, in any discipline?
Passion, creativity and perseverance.
What 3 words best describe your short course experience at CSM?
Energy. Productivity. Passion.