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Two Sides - One Story: Pin Mechanisms and Brooch Back Design by Daniela Malev

Workshop  /  Technics  /  18 Oct 2024  -  20 Oct 2024
Published: 10.07.2024
Daniela Malev brooches back and front..
Daniela Malev brooches back and front.

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Intro
In the field of contemporary jewellery, the brooch is a very common and also much-discussed form of jewellery. One of the special challenges of making a good brooch is to find an adequate solution for the pin which connects the piece securely to the body but goes beyond being a mere functional and invisible part of the backside. It should be an essential part of the brooch in terms of content and aesthetics. The mechanism and attachment of a brooch hold tremendous potential for the design of a brooch in its entirety and need to be developed with equal importance.
This workshop will initiate and encourage a conscious approach to the design of the brooch back and its mechanisms. The participants are introduced to a variety of pin mechanisms and learn how to realize them technically. They will be guided through exercises on different needle techniques and ways of thinking about what a needle can be and how it can be solved. Moreover, the participant will learn and understand the integration of the brooch back and the pin mechanism into the whole creative process of making a brooch. The workshop teaches technical skills and a new way of thinking: a holistic approach to the brooch.

>> Basic goldsmith's skills are required.

Technical details:
Materials not included//
Normal workshop equipment and bench tools
Drills (0,7 to 1 mm)

Materials included//
- Copper and brass sheets of 0.8 mm thickness for try-outs and models, paper and cardboard for try-outs, copper and brass wire 1 mm for tests and models.
- Stainless steel wire 0,7 – 1 mm.

Min & max Participants //
- 5-9 pp.
*The workshop will take place if the minimum of participants is reached

When//
18-19-20 October 2024, during the Milan Jewellery Week.
3 days, 8 hours per day: 10:00-14:00 h / 16:00-19:00 h.

Price// Early bird 480€ (until August 18th) single payment or 530€ within the 15th of October.

Subscription deadline//
- Early bird August 18th
- Normal deadline October 1st

The workshop will be in English only.

Contact person for this workshop: Giorgia Pisciutti ( co-founder About ).
Mail: info@aboutfucinaorafa.it
Phone: 0039 335 56 50 285


About Daniela Malev:
Daniela Malev is a jeweller and teacher. Trained as a goldsmith in her hometown Dresden, Germany, she also holds a Master Craftsman ́s Certificate for Gold- and Silversmithing and studied Jewellery Design at Staatliche Zeichenakademie Hanau. She concluded her formal studies with a BA and MFA degree in Gemstone and Jewellery Design at the University of Applied Sciences Trier/Idar-Oberstein, Germany.

Her jewellery work is inspired by a sense of order behind all things. Her jewellery pieces are made of contrasting materials and complementary elements and aspects that unite. Daniela Malev has travelled a lot and likes to gather
and exchange ideas and knowledge. She has lived, worked and studied abroad in the USA, Mexico and Italy. One of her special fields of interest is brooch backs and pin mechanisms and their integration into the design of the whole brooch.

She is convinced that the mechanism and attachment of a brooch hold tremendous potential for the design of a brooch in its entirety and need to be developed with equal importance. She has been invited internationally to give workshops on this subject.
Her workshops initiate and encourage a conscious approach to the design of the brooch back and its mechanisms. The fact that there is a great interest in this field, but hardly any literature, inspired her to publish the book To The Point – Pin Mechanisms and Brooch Back Design.
 
Three brooches back and front by Daniela Malev.
Three brooches back and front by Daniela Malev

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Pachamama brooch.
Pachamama brooch

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Daniela Malev portrait.
Daniela Malev portrait

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Students exercises.
Students exercises

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