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Lucerne School of Art and Design

Published: 24.07.2020
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Intro
The study programme provides an education in design with practical relevance to both, everyday rituals and the exceptional. XS Jewellery students use contemporary tools, to create body-related objects at the interface between ritual, aesthetics and wearable functionality.
Bachelor of Arts in XS Jewellery
Students develop expertise in working with a range of materials, including porcelain, high end plastics and various metals, exploring their aesthetic, haptic and expressive qualities. In their studios and specialised workshops, working independently and in teams, they accumulate valuable practical experience and develop their own design positions. Through constant application of both analogue and digital work processes, they learn to apply traditional manufacturing tools while at the same time familiarising themselves with digital craft techniques, and other contemporary production methods. The hands-on approach is complemented by methodical and theoretical inputs that include interdisciplinary seminars and instruction in technical English. Students discuss international positions in contemporary jewellery at the interface between ornament and wearable technology, as well as social manifestations of material culture in the context of design and art.

Always keeping potential niches and markets in mind students develop precious objects for everyday use, realising sophisticated ideas in expertly crafted materials: wearable statements and functional accessories for head and hand. The students operate in a range of different contexts and focus on varying priorities including functionality, innovation, sustainability and provocation. In doing so, they broaden their knowledge base and horizons, mobilise interdisciplinary resources, build networks for the future, and team up with other disciplines to test their ideas. Two interdisciplinary IDA modules of the Lucerne School of Art and Design round off the curriculum. For the bachelor’s thesis in the final semester, students focus on a personal topic they have chosen themselves, and use the skills they have acquired during their studies to produce a final body of work to exhibit at the annual degree show.

>>Here you will find an overview of the degree programme contents 

Fields of activity after Graduation
After successfully completing a Bachelor of Arts in Product & Industrial Design with a specialisation in XS Jewellery, graduates have a wide range of professional opportunities at their disposal. With the acquired design skills and technical knowledge the students are able to design and position their first products. The combination of analogue and digital skills provides the basis for becoming professionally independent.

As designers working independently or in teams for local companies or international brands, graduates develop collections and concepts, unique objects or small-scale series. They are familiar with the needs of both the traditional and the contemporary luxury industry and work in such sectors as jewellery, objects and accessories, wearable technology and lifestyle products. They may contribute to the development of emerging markets in wearable computing or in the miniaturisation of medical technology. 
Besides working in traditional sectors of the jewellery industry and the growing international market in contemporary jewellery, graduates may also create requisites for the film industry, work in model-making, or – after gaining additional qualifications while working independently – be employed as conservators for collections, or curators and facilitators for galleries and museums at home and abroad.

Teachers: Christoph Zellweger/ Martin Huwiler/ Salome Bruggisser

Guest Lecturers: Denise Reytan / Nantia Koulidou / Herman Hermsen / Johanna Dahm / Mikiko Minewaki / Margrit Linder / Daniela Petrelli / Manuela Weingart / Consuelo Keller / Florian Widmer / Julia Wild / Bruna Lanfranchi/ Gabi Veit / Christian Spiess / Kiko Gianocca / Claudia Stebler / Peter Bauhuis / Ilona Schwippl

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Pauline Müller. Body piece: Indolore 01-04, 2020. Metal, pearls. Photo by: Pauline Müller. From series: Doux Leurre. Statement: Ephemeral and flamboyant facial metamorphosis. The facial jewellery collection “Doux Leurre” by Pauline Müller promises intensive bodily and visual experiences for the wearer and viewer alike. Whoever engages with this facial metamorphosis, even for a short time, experiences their altered appearance with force and skin-felt vividness. With this work Pauline undertakes a playful yet critical exploration of the (mostly not pain-free) practices of body or facial modification to which individuals from all cultures have eternally been emotionally drawn. With yourself as the model, experience how fluid the boundaries between eccentricity and absurdity can be!. Pauline Müller
Body piece: Indolore 01-04, 2020
Metal, pearls
Photo by: Pauline Müller
From series: Doux Leurre

Statement: Ephemeral and flamboyant facial metamorphosis. The facial jewellery collection “Doux Leurre” by Pauline Müller promises intensive bodily and visual experiences for the wearer and viewer alike. Whoever engages with this facial metamorphosis, even for a short time, experiences their altered appearance with force and skin-felt vividness. With this work Pauline undertakes a playful yet critical exploration of the (mostly not pain-free) practices of body or facial modification to which individuals from all cultures have eternally been emotionally drawn. With yourself as the model, experience how fluid the boundaries between eccentricity and absurdity can be!

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Megan Kelso. Bra: Single Torpedo Cup 80B, 2020. Silk, laminate, elast . Photo by: Megan Kelso. From series: Dessus et Dessous. Statement: This collection is aimed at women suffering from breast cancer. From one day to the next women can be confronted with the loss of an identity-defining part, triggering profound questions about their own infirmity and femininity. As Megan Kelso explains, aesthetically attractive over and undergarments reinforce body positivity. As a trained dressmaker, she understands the female body, and as a jewellery maker, the power of bodily-worn objects. Here she has created a set of designs that are suitable for everyday and extravagant wearing, celebrating her collection as the recognition of a creative and self-assured approach towards ones own body image. . Megan Kelso
Bra: Single Torpedo Cup 80B, 2020
Silk, laminate, elast 
Photo by: Megan Kelso
From series: Dessus et Dessous

Statement: This collection is aimed at women suffering from breast cancer. From one day to the next women can be confronted with the loss of an identity-defining part, triggering profound questions about their own infirmity and femininity. As Megan Kelso explains, aesthetically attractive over and undergarments reinforce body positivity. As a trained dressmaker, she understands the female body, and as a jewellery maker, the power of bodily-worn objects. Here she has created a set of designs that are suitable for everyday and extravagant wearing, celebrating her collection as the recognition of a creative and self-assured approach towards ones own body image. 

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Sophie Mia Willener. Body piece: Modula descenda, 2020. Cast bronze, brass, 3D print . Photo by: Sophie Mia Willener. From series: Do you see me hearing you?. Statement: From hearing aid to statement piece. Hearing aids nowadays are designed by the industry to be as discreet as possible, and as a result have become barely noticeable. In this product study Sophie Mia Willener designs «visually loud» hearing aids, with the aim of making them more conspicuous and to endow them with their own formal autonomy.  The products she aestheticises are formally derived from 19th-century ear trumpets, revitalising them as eye-catchers and proud accessories. Using various add-ons, the hearing aid becomes an item of listening jewellery for the self-assured wearer. . Sophie Mia Willener
Body piece: Modula descenda, 2020
Cast bronze, brass, 3D print 
Photo by: Sophie Mia Willener
From series: Do you see me hearing you?

Statement: From hearing aid to statement piece. Hearing aids nowadays are designed by the industry to be as discreet as possible, and as a result have become barely noticeable. In this product study Sophie Mia Willener designs «visually loud» hearing aids, with the aim of making them more conspicuous and to endow them with their own formal autonomy.  The products she aestheticises are formally derived from 19th-century ear trumpets, revitalising them as eye-catchers and proud accessories. Using various add-ons, the hearing aid becomes an item of listening jewellery for the self-assured wearer. 

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Yasmin Knüsel. Piece: A Fox, 2019. Mixed materials. Photo by: Yasmin Knüsel. From series: A Fox - a confrontation. Statement: A Fox. a confrontation. In Switzerland, up to 30,000 foxes are either slain or fall victim to traffic every year. Most of the animals are disposed of, unused, at carcass collection points. In this work, the fox acts as the point of departure for the development of jewellery pieces, their individual values signalling more than just the process of their creation and the worth of the material, and thus constituting a statement about the personal awareness of the author herself.  . Yasmin Knüsel
Piece: A Fox, 2019
Mixed materials
Photo by: Yasmin Knüsel
From series: A Fox - a confrontation

Statement: A Fox. a confrontation. In Switzerland, up to 30,000 foxes are either slain or fall victim to traffic every year. Most of the animals are disposed of, unused, at carcass collection points. In this work, the fox acts as the point of departure for the development of jewellery pieces, their individual values signalling more than just the process of their creation and the worth of the material, and thus constituting a statement about the personal awareness of the author herself.  

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Jennifer Papatzikakis. Neckpieces: Bittersweet, 2019. Olive wood, incent, gold, stone . Photo by: Jennifer Papatzikakis. From series: Bittersweet longing. Statement: BITTERSÜSS ΛΑΧΤΆΡΑ. Bittersweet longing. Longing (in Greek λαχτάρα) can be a wonderful, an inspiring feeling. If the desire works itself up to an extreme, however, then longing becomes unbearable, ponderous, a bittersweet burden. My project deals with this emotional ambivalence. Material, weight, form, wearability and smells play a central role in these works, conceived as chains. Feelings become tactilely experienceable, perceptible, graspable, which enables me to consciously celebrate this range of emotions. . Jennifer Papatzikakis
Neckpieces: Bittersweet, 2019
Olive wood, incent, gold, stone 
Photo by: Jennifer Papatzikakis
From series: Bittersweet longing

Statement: BITTERSÜSS ΛΑΧΤΆΡΑ. Bittersweet longing. Longing (in Greek λαχτάρα) can be a wonderful, an inspiring feeling. If the desire works itself up to an extreme, however, then longing becomes unbearable, ponderous, a bittersweet burden. My project deals with this emotional ambivalence. Material, weight, form, wearability and smells play a central role in these works, conceived as chains. Feelings become tactilely experienceable, perceptible, graspable, which enables me to consciously celebrate this range of emotions. 

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Klaudija Oroshi. Piece: Things & Me, 2019. Brass, silver. Photo by: Klaudija Oroshi. From series: Things & Me – From Surveying the Everyday to Jewellery. Objects & pendants​
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. Statement: From surveying the everyday to jewellery. Personal affinities find their owners in the items of the everyday household – in furnishings, cutlery and souvenirs. The individual feeling for form and materials is condensed in them, but the immaterial value of what have become familiar rituals also visibly manifests itself in them. This is where I chose to situate my design stimulus. In the jewellery series THINGS & ME I examine aesthetic constellations and preferences, and search for content in intermediate spaces and surfaces. As a trained architect, I survey the space between person and object with my own methods and tools. This generates personal works that explore the relationships with our materials. 
.   . Klaudija Oroshi
Piece: Things & Me, 2019
Brass, silver
Photo by: Klaudija Oroshi
From series: Things & Me – From Surveying the Everyday to Jewellery

Objects & pendants​

Statement: From surveying the everyday to jewellery. Personal affinities find their owners in the items of the everyday household – in furnishings, cutlery and souvenirs. The individual feeling for form and materials is condensed in them, but the immaterial value of what have become familiar rituals also visibly manifests itself in them. This is where I chose to situate my design stimulus. In the jewellery series THINGS & ME I examine aesthetic constellations and preferences, and search for content in intermediate spaces and surfaces. As a trained architect, I survey the space between person and object with my own methods and tools. This generates personal works that explore the relationships with our materials. 
  

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Melanie Burkhard. Piece: Objects as timeless promises, 2019. Silver, perspex, pearls, stone. Photo by: Melanie Burkhard. From series: Objects as timeless promises. Pendants & rings 
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. Statement: Objects as timeless promises. People love to attribute special powers, properties and meanings to objects. In this way, things become the guardians of tales, truths and promises – as in every fairy story. Even in times of scientifically-based detachment and fake news, people still wish for happiness, health, beauty, love, admiration, infallibility, eternal life. Each of the pieces of jewellery presented is accompanied by a text that suggests a deal, a contract or an agreement, but that on second glance has a drawback and whose consequences are not immediately foreseeable. The jewellery objects represent an invitation to contemplate things – at the same time as the corresponding promise beguiles the viewer.. Melanie Burkhard
Piece: Objects as timeless promises, 2019
Silver, perspex, pearls, stone
Photo by: Melanie Burkhard
From series: Objects as timeless promises

Pendants & rings 

Statement: Objects as timeless promises. People love to attribute special powers, properties and meanings to objects. In this way, things become the guardians of tales, truths and promises – as in every fairy story. Even in times of scientifically-based detachment and fake news, people still wish for happiness, health, beauty, love, admiration, infallibility, eternal life. Each of the pieces of jewellery presented is accompanied by a text that suggests a deal, a contract or an agreement, but that on second glance has a drawback and whose consequences are not immediately foreseeable. The jewellery objects represent an invitation to contemplate things – at the same time as the corresponding promise beguiles the viewer.

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Salome Bruggisser. Ring: Momentum, 2019. Wax, ice-cream, silver . Photo by: Salome Bruggisser. From series: Momentum – Process & Participation in Jewellery Design. Statement: Momentum – process & participation in jewellery design. Momentum (Latin for impulse, moment) explores the potential of participatory aspects in the design of oneoff items and serial jewellery work. The customers are specifically integrated into the physical evolution process of their one-of-a-kind pieces. Thanks to the playful interaction, unique moments are literally suspended, and the resulting rings fit the hands of their wearers like a glove. Partaking in this remarkable process intensifies the personal and thereby permanent relationship to the individual items of jewellery. Momentum is uniqueness in serial form. . Salome Bruggisser
Ring: Momentum, 2019
Wax, ice-cream, silver 
Photo by: Salome Bruggisser
From series: Momentum – Process & Participation in Jewellery Design

Statement: Momentum – process & participation in jewellery design. Momentum (Latin for impulse, moment) explores the potential of participatory aspects in the design of oneoff items and serial jewellery work. The customers are specifically integrated into the physical evolution process of their one-of-a-kind pieces. Thanks to the playful interaction, unique moments are literally suspended, and the resulting rings fit the hands of their wearers like a glove. Partaking in this remarkable process intensifies the personal and thereby permanent relationship to the individual items of jewellery. Momentum is uniqueness in serial form. 

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Chiara Davanzo. Piece: Fe/Male Desire, 2019. Silver, leather, ciba-tool . Photo by: Chiara Davanzo. From series: Fe/Male Desire – Jewellery & Tools. Wearable body related objects
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. Statement: I desire what? This bachelor project visually challenges the normative ideas of desire. The ambivalence in our own feelings or perceptions is mirrored in suggestive objects. Insights about bodily identity and normative images condense themselves in form and material, whereby reflexions on the gender debate flow permanently into the design process as sub-topics. The function and wearability of the objects are shaped by intimate fantasies.. Chiara Davanzo
Piece: Fe/Male Desire, 2019
Silver, leather, ciba-tool 
Photo by: Chiara Davanzo
From series: Fe/Male Desire – Jewellery & Tools

Wearable body related objects

Statement: I desire what? This bachelor project visually challenges the normative ideas of desire. The ambivalence in our own feelings or perceptions is mirrored in suggestive objects. Insights about bodily identity and normative images condense themselves in form and material, whereby reflexions on the gender debate flow permanently into the design process as sub-topics. The function and wearability of the objects are shaped by intimate fantasies.

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