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Published: 11.10.2016
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The Jewellery Design|Silversmithing department of St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp approaches jewellery from the perspective of the relation between the individual and the object. Jewels are not only worn for their decorative qualities, but also express how people give shape to their lives. A jewel can function as a social sign, as an expression of human vanity, as a repository of personal memories, or as an artistic means for the maker.
 
The department pays close attention to jewellery’s underlying purposes and explores their characteristics. By explicitly relating the discipline to social sciences like sociology, theology, material anthropology or ‘design cultures’, students learn how to establish connections between jewellery and current trends in science, economics, culture and society.
 
A complex and fast-changing world needs people that can handle creative processes. To be able to meet this complexity, it is necessary to be independent, to formulate your own positions and to remain true to yourself. The department is well aware of this reality and that is why it focuses heavily on the development of the students’ identity.
 
We not only impart an attitude of responsibility and an investigative mindset to students, but we also teach them to trust their instincts. The department believes it is important to stimulate concentration and creativity by means of physical exercises. Movement sharpens the individual’s attention and awareness and as a result, new, unexpected images can almost literally be ‘experienced’. Both the force of intuition and the conscious mobilization of our bodily energy make it possible to open up other, deeper layers of the imagination. The introduction of body and meditation exercises is not only new for the department, but is also exceptional within visual arts education.
 
For students to be able to respond appropriately to the issues of our times, the department will confront them with the various facets of the discipline in its entirety. The curriculum is intentionally thematic: a team of permanent lecturers determines the content and organization of the curriculum. Several guest lecturers are also involved in each project, whether practitioners or theorists. Through discussion and dialogue, these lecturers stimulate the students’ learning process; they teach them how to connect theory and practice, whereby students literally acquire the theory ‘in their fingers’.
 
Each project starts out from a specific context. That can be a target group or a social phenomenon, a collaboration with companies or interaction with other disciplines, or it can proceed from the functional or inherent aspects of jewels.
Acquiring new techniques and handling different materials are also part of a project. Technique and material are indissolubly linked to image and content. Making becomes thinking. In this way students also explore technical aspects from the perspective of content, and learn in a short time how to generate ideas and how to realize them.
 
Students carefully document important stages in the work process by making use of various media such as photography and film. The presentation and documentation of works are developed at length in the conclusion of the project.
 
Thanks to this thematic methodology, students very naturally link their own design process to different work methods and research strategies. It ultimately involves a ‘total experience’ composed of both reflection and intuition. The training imparts different frameworks, but the student is free to choose. An academic training implies that students find their own criteria and can work independently. This helps develop an open attitude thanks to which graduates can work with others and find their own way in the world.
 

Research:
Speaking Jewellery is the latest research project of the Jewellery Design department of St Lucas Antwerp. Students, lecturers and researchers here explore the communicative qualities of the contemporary jewel. The ‘power of speech’ of a jewel lies hidden in and among all the references that it carries with it. These references make the jewel readable and ensure that it attracts people, from a statement on the catwalk to an atmospheric attribute in a film, from a royal symbol to a magic grave relic.
 
In contemporary jewellery, references to material, form, wearability, function, value, price, rarity etc. are often overlooked or barely mobilized by the designers themselves. And yet, thanks to jewellery’s long history, these references are familiar to a broad audience. Contemporary social references such as sustainability and ecology are not at all or hardly communicated in a presentable fashion in jewellery or its display. The denial, neglect or omission of these references seems to the researchers to be one of the reasons why contemporary jewellery today is seen as hermetic.
 
The research project Speaking Jewellery therefore analyses the ‘language’ of jewellery and the references that it has carried with it since time immemorial, and updates them by means of artistic projects. We look at which elements we as researchers can once more deploy to let the jewellery tell a story about itself and its genesis, its manufacturing process and its meaning. How can we let the jewel ‘speak’ again? In each artistic project, the research team turns the spotlight on an archetype from the history of jewellery.

 
Research team:
Liesbet Bussche, Hilde De Decker, Hilde Van der Heyden, Pia Clauwaert
 
Click here for more information about the research
 

Teachers

Department head: Laura Braspenning
 
Lecturers: Hilde De Decker (jewellery design) | Hilde Van der Heyden (jewellery design) | Max Gielis (technical assistant) | Lex Pott (product design) | Liesbet Bussche (researcher) | Liesbeth Den Besten (history of jewellery)
 
Visiting lecturers:  Beatrice Brovia & Nicolas Cheng (SE) | | Naomi Filmer (UK) | (Esther Knobel (IL) | Evert Nijland (NL) | Yuka Oyama (JP) | Christoph Zellweger (CH) | Gijs Assmann (NL) | Erik Mattijssen (NL) | Sayaka Yamamoto (JP) | Boaz Cohen (IL) | Boy Vereecken (BE) | Vera Siemund (DE) | Dinie Besems (NL) | Guy Cuypers (BE) | Ruudt Peters (NL) | Pieter Boons (BE) | Tatjana Quax (NL) | Helen Carnac (UK) | David Clarke (UK) | Theo Smeets (NL) | Barbara Visser (NL) | Gemma Draper (ES) | Lin Cheung (UK) | Annick Schramme (BE) | Benjamin Lignel (FR) | Ola Lanko (UA, NL) | Margit Didelez (BE)

Events      View / hide events

2016:
Exhibition  25 Jun 2016 - 10 Jul 2016  Sint Lucas Antwerp. Graduation Degree Show 2016.
2015:
Workshop  07 Dec 2015 - 11 Dec 2015  Mouth by Naomi Filmer.
Meeting  26 Nov 2015 - 27 Nov 2015  Integrated 2015.
Exhibition  13 Aug 2015 - 29 Aug 2015  Time Related.
Meeting  19 May 2015 - 24 May 2015  Triple Parade.
2014:
Exhibition  17 Oct 2014 - 27 Oct 2014  Travellers on the Earth.
Exhibition  24 Jun 2014 - 30 Jul 2014  Make Me Party.
Workshop  24 Mar 2014 - 28 Mar 2014  Benjamin Lignel: Masterclass.
2013:
Workshop  18 Feb 2013 - 22 Feb 2013  Annick Schramme: Cultural entrepreneurship.
Meeting  05 Feb 2013 - 05 Feb 2013  Benjamin Lignel: Confrontations 2013/3.
Workshop  04 Feb 2013 - 08 Feb 2013  Benjamin Lignel : You are now leaving Switzerland Workshop.
2012:
Meeting  06 Nov 2012 - 06 Nov 2012  Marcel van Kan and Lucia Massei: Confrontations 2012-2013 |1.
Workshop  24 Apr 2012 - 27 Apr 2012  Lin Cheung: Without You I Am Nothing.
Meeting  16 Feb 2012 - 16 Feb 2012  Barbara Visser and Gemma Draper: Confrontations 2012/1.
Workshop  15 Feb 2012 - 17 Mar 2012  Barbara Visser: Re-Presentation.
Workshop  13 Feb 2012 - 17 Feb 2012  Gemma Draper: Present.
Book presentation  19 Jan 2012 - 19 Feb 2012  Launch of the book VORMAT.

Publications      View / hide publications

Book:  TRIPLE PARADE 2015. TAFA Art Museum:  Tianjin,  2015
Book:  Make Me Party. Antwerp,  2015
Eline Willemarck. Object: As we ever see but do not observe, 2014. Latex. Eline Willemarck
Object: As we ever see but do not observe, 2014
Latex
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Eline Willemarck. Print: As we ever see but do not observe, 2014. Paper. Eline Willemarck
Print: As we ever see but do not observe, 2014
Paper
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Eline Willemarck
. Master graduation show 2014
. Photograph by: Roger Laute.
Eline Willemarck
Master graduation show 2014
Photograph by: Roger Laute

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Charlotte Van de Velde. Bracelet: Nine bracelets, 2013. Various clasps. Charlotte Van de Velde
Bracelet: Nine bracelets, 2013
Various clasps
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Charlotte Van de Velde
. Master graduation show 2014
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Charlotte Van de Velde
Master graduation show 2014
Photograph by: Roger Laute
 

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Saskia Van der Gucht. Object: All My Homes. Muggenberglei, 2014. Concrete. Saskia Van der Gucht
Object: All My Homes. Muggenberglei, 2014
Concrete
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Saskia Van der Gucht
. Master graduation show 2014
. Photograph by: Roger Laute.
Saskia Van der Gucht
Master graduation show 2014
Photograph by: Roger Laute

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Saskia Van der Gucht. Object: Study, 2013. Brick, jewellery packaging. Saskia Van der Gucht
Object: Study, 2013
Brick, jewellery packaging
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Charlotte Van de Velde. Print: True fakes print, 2014. Printed paper. Charlotte Van de Velde
Print: True fakes print, 2014
Printed paper
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Octave Van de Weghe
. Master graduation show 2014
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Octave Van de Weghe
Master graduation show 2014
Photograph by: Roger Laute

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Octave Van de Weghe. Print: Color Knives, 2014. Paper. Octave Van de Weghe
Print: Color Knives, 2014
Paper
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Octave Van de Weghe. Print: Gem Knife, 2014. Paper. Octave Van de Weghe
Print: Gem Knife, 2014
Paper
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Sandra Buyck. Piece: Reflection of the inner soul Facetted fox, 2014. Photographic print on aluminum. Mask. Sandra Buyck
Piece: Reflection of the inner soul Facetted fox, 2014
Photographic print on aluminum
Mask
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Sandra Buyck. Piece: Reflection of the inner soul Blurred nightlife, 2014. Photographic print on aluminum. Mask. Sandra Buyck
Piece: Reflection of the inner soul Blurred nightlife, 2014
Photographic print on aluminum
Mask
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Sandra Buyck. Piece: Reflection of the inner soul Iris, 2014. Photographic print on aluminum. Mask. Sandra Buyck
Piece: Reflection of the inner soul Iris, 2014
Photographic print on aluminum
Mask
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Sandra Buyck
. Master graduation show 2014
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Sandra Buyck
Master graduation show 2014
Photograph by: Roger Laute

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Ayla Kellens. Necklace: Illusion, 2013. Paper. Ayla Kellens
Necklace: Illusion, 2013
Paper
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Charlotte Van de Velde. Photograph: Collecting, 2013. Print. Charlotte Van de Velde
Photograph: Collecting, 2013
Print
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Robin Dehous. Piece: Medallion, 2013. Box with hidden gems. Robin Dehous
Piece: Medallion, 2013
Box with hidden gems
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Charlotte Van de Velde. Necklace: Collecting, 2013. Diverse materials. Charlotte Van de Velde
Necklace: Collecting, 2013
Diverse materials
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