The Promise Object by Kevin Murray

Workshop  /  CriticalThinking   Making   ProfessionalPractice  /  31 Jul 2016
Published: 03.06.2016
DEADLINE: 31/07/2016

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This one day masterclass will entail a reading assignment, creative stimulus and concept development. Participants will take away from this workshop a pathway to develop new products that meet a real social need.
The Promise Object aims to develop the capacity for the design of products with relational value. Jewellery, particularly, is concerned with exchanges between people: the heirloom connects generations, the amulet extends protection, the gift creates relations of indebtedness and the love token seals a union. Kevin Murray wants us to ask What kinds of accessories help make promises? As a gift, jewellery aims to make a lasting connection between people. While many jewellers find that their readymade works are used as gifts, this workshop offers a focus to think about what this means for the design process itself.

What You Will Learn
Engage in critical debates in contemporary jewellery.
Learn creative strategies for product development.
Gain pathways for a sustainable social practice.

What You Get
model making materials will be provided.

About the tutor:
Kevin Murray is a writer and curator. His jewellery-based exhibitions include Guild Unlimited, Signs of Change and Joyaviva: Live Jewellery Across the Pacific. His is co-author of Place and Adornment: A History of Australasian Contemporary Jewellery (with Damian Skinner) and Social Media Manager for Art Jewelry Forum. He is currently editing Garland Magazine: The Stories Behind What we Make and believes that there are many opportunities for jewellers to produce objects that can help build a better community. He has taught Social Object Studio at University of NSW, RMIT University, Whitireia Wellington and universities in Latin America.

Dates and price

Sunday 31st July, 2016. 10am - 4pm
126 € (AUD$195)
10% discount for Craft members


What to Bring
A sketchbook and appropriate pens.

What to Wear
Please wear covered shoes and be prepared to tie long hair back. Northcity4 is in an old factory in Brunswick. It has a concrete floor and can be cold in winter (we have some heating!) and hot in summer so please dress appropriately.

Appropriate For
creative artists and craftspeople with an interest in jewellery and social practice.

Our courses are suitable for students who are 16 years or older, unless specified in the class description. Some of our courses require prior learning, please check the course description thoroughly before enrolling.

Northcity4 reserves the right to cancel any scheduled course. Of course, we don’t want to do this but in the case of tutor illness or the class not reaching a minimum number of enrolments, students will be notified two days before the scheduled start date and refunds will be provided.
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