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Philip Sajet, Desire and Greed Workshop at Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School

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Published: 04.06.2014
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Le Arti Orafe
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Le Arti Orafe
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Florence
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Intro
From the schuster-nicole-schuster-nicole-beginning-2016-2016 of its activities, LAO considered of primary importance to offer its students the opportunity to meet with various artists, designers, goldsmiths, and learn about different approaches and points of view to the issue of creating jewellery.
Philip Sajet, “Desire and Greed”.
24 – 28 March, 2014

From the schuster-nicole-schuster-nicole-beginning-2016-2016 of its activities, LAO Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School, considered of primary importance to offer its students the opportunity to meet with various artists, designers, goldsmiths, and learn about different approaches and points of view to the issue of creating jewellery.

This is one of the fundamental aspects of our teaching method, which is now common to most of the schools, but that was completely unknown in the 80s, and it was opened, promoted and disseminated thanks to LAO. The school must offers to students as possible diversified opportunities to discuss, comparate and debate, and to assess their capacity to compete with ever new tasks and objectives. In these 29 years, numbers of creators from all over the world have been invited, for brief interventions in academic courses, or special seminars.

For the 2013-2014’s school year, the invited artists were Philip Sajet and Xavier Monclùs, each of which has been working for a week with the students of the second and third year of jewellery making classes.
During the two workshops, the artists have been presented –and the artists themselves had their own presentation/conference- in the Marino Marini Museum.

The aim of the workshop is to give to the student, the experience of having gone trough the whole of the process of having an image or fantasy and materialising this to a concrete presentable object.
Philip Sajet’s workshop

Student’s feedback: Sophie Beer
"What was the first thing in your childhood that you deeply desired? How can you translate it into a piece of jewellery?“
This was the subject with which dutch jewellery artist Philip Sajet was confronting us the first morning of the workshop. Throughout an hour we were supposed to think about this story, travel back to our first material wish in order to share it with the group of 15 participants, so everbody would know, what we are going to work on in the following days.
I guess for some of us it was quite a challenge, not only to think about childhood desires, but also to say them out loud in front of the other students. The special atmosphere Philip created though, was a very sensitive one, he was not judging any of the storys, but creating a space for listening, sharing and creating.

We talked about every story and he helped us extruding the most important object or fact in our story, in order to materialize the experience, feeling or object of desire. The rest of the first day we used to develop the idea and made drawings and tryout pieces, which were the starting point from which we produced the proper piece in the following days.

Apart from the technical support, Philip presented us with philosophy about jewellery itself, thoughts about practice and workethics as well as a warmhearted and honest interest in our ideas and personal experience. The results? One-of-a-kind pieces in a big diversity of materials, amongst them prong-set porcellaine shards and coins, a silver-framed medical mask, small kitchen tools or fire shaped plexiglass framing a rusty nail on a ring, as well as a lighting up heart, or moving waves on a bracelet. Expressing our deepest desires lead to exceptional, funny and witty jewellery pieces, which will remain to us as results of a very personal process, as precious and intense like the encounter with Philip Sajet himself.

Philip’s Feedback about the school and students
It was a true pleasure to lead a workshop at Le Arte Orafe this year. The school embraces a perfectly balanced attitude of professionalism with freedom to find one's voice in jewelry, creating a harmonious environment to begin a career in this field. I was thoroughly impressed with the open mindedness of the students, who showed such a refreshing diversity in their work.

 
Desire and Greed: a workshop with Philip Sajet
Le Arti Orafe
2014
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Workshop meeting.
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Workshop meeting.
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Workshop attendants.
Workshop attendants

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Workshop development.
Workshop development

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Discussing with student

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