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Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. Artesis Plantijn University College

Published: 02.12.2019

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Tine De Ruysser, Benedikt Fischer, Vivi Touloumidi and Shahrzad Motallebi join the teacher team.
Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. Artesis Plantijn University College.
Photography by Max-Laurent De Cock.
Photography by Max-Laurent De Cock

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Intro
The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp can look back on a rich historical tradition, which brings us back to 1663. As the world’s fourth oldest academy, it has an international reputation of 350 years. The Antwerp Academy provides the challenging environment for the soon-to-be designer or artist who wants a very individual and personal artistic education. It offers an English bachelor and master programme in Visual Arts with different courses going from the Fine arts: Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking, In situ and Photography, to the more design-oriented courses: Graphic design, Jewellery design, Gold-& Silversmithing, Fashion design and Theatre Costume design. The curriculum which offers a healthy balance between studio practice, supporting (art) theory and drawing classes will help the students to develop their own distinctive artistic practice.

Statement


Jewellery design, Gold & Silversmithing
Our urge to adorn, in which jewels and objects are the most important means of identification and expression, is both universal and timeless. Jewels and objects tell a story about the status and style, mentality, character and culture of the person using them.

At the same time they are a witness of social, cultural and technological developments. That is why Jewellery design, Gold- & silversmithing is such an exciting and many-faceted profession that, although it is founded on a rich craft tradition, is nevertheless subject to on-going development.

Our focus lies on the development of individual talent, creativity and the self-motivation of the student, by means of research, content development and self-reflection. In addition, attention is paid to the technical skills and practical insight needed for the craft. Technology and know-how of materials, gemmology, history of jewellery and 3D computer drawing, makes this course an exciting voyage of discovery, where curiosity and imagination are continuously stimulated through the subject of jewellery.

The department facilitate to work in a variety of materials including precious metals, synthetics, wood and textiles. We invite guest lectures, provide workshops and arrange visits to symposiums and exhibitions across Europe to cultivate a sound understanding of the broad spectrum of jewellery design in a contemporary world.
 

Teachers

Tine De Ruysser, Wieke Aerts, Ingrid Meeuwis, Marc Ribbens, Anja Baelus, Thessa Goossens, Shahrzad Motallebi.
PhD Researcher & teacher: Vivi Touloumidi.
Guest teacher: Benedikt Fischer.

Previous guest lectures:
Robert Baines, Tabea Reulecke, Daniel Kruger, Lisa Walker, Damian Skinner, Nelli Tanner, Klaus Burgel, Peter Skubic, Christian Hoedl, Liesbeth den Besten, David Bielander, Helen Britton, Christopher Zellweger, Giovanni Corvaja, Estela Seaz Vilanova, Timothy Carson, Helena Lehtinen, Lucia Massei, Gisbert Stach, Bettina Speckner, Jane McAdam Freud, Jivan Astfalck, Johanna Dahm, Deganit Stern Schocken, Ulrich Reithofer

Previous guest teachers:
Naomi Filmer, Anita Evenepoel, Hans Weyers, Herman Wittocx, David Bielander, Helen Britton, Christopher Zellweger, Giovanni Corvaja, Estela Seaz Vilanova, Timothy Carson, Helena Lehtinen, Lucia Massei, Gisbert Stach, Bettina Speckner, Jane McAdam Freud, Jivan Astfalck, Johanna Dahm, Tabea Reulecke, Deganit Stern Schocken, Ulrich Reithofer, Rudolf Kocéa and Philip Sajet.
 

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2019:
Exhibition  20 Jun 2019 - 01 Sep 2019  Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. MA Degree Show 2019.
Exhibition  19 Jun 2019 - 23 Jun 2019  Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. BA Degree Show 2019.
Open call  16 Apr 2019 - 15 Jun 2019  Open Call for 2019 Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition.
Meeting  23 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019  Open Day at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
Exhibition  23 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019  A Jewel for... Carin E. M. Reinders.
2018:
Exhibition  19 Aug 2018 - 31 Oct 2018  Marzee International Graduate Show 2018.
Exhibition  15 Jul 2018 - 08 Sep 2018  Next Generation.
Exhibition  22 Jun 2018 - 26 Aug 2018  Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. MA Degree Show 2018.
Exhibition  13 Jun 2018 - 14 Jun 2018  Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. BA Degree Show 2018.
Lectures  31 Jan 2018 - 31 Jan 2018  BRON by Ruudt Peters at Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
2017:
2016:
Lectures  12 Apr 2016 - 12 Apr 2016  Lecture: Nature and Artifice by Daniel Kruger.
2014:
Meeting  01 Dec 2014 - 01 Dec 2014  Rituals of Self Design: A talk by Christoph Zellweger.
Exhibition  25 Sep 2014 - 25 Jan 2015  A Touch of Steel – Steel Prize 2014.
2013:
Meeting  03 Dec 2013 - 03 Dec 2013  Nelli Tanner: Confrontations 2013-2014 | 4.
Meeting  22 Oct 2013 - 22 Oct 2013  Estela Sàez: Confrontations 2013-2014 | 1.
Meeting  26 Mar 2013 - 26 Mar 2013  Timothy Carson: Confrontations 2013/5.
Meeting  12 Mar 2013 - 12 Mar 2013  Giovanni Corvaja: Confrontations 2013/4.
Yuyeong Choi. Piece: Untitled, 2019. Plexiglass, brass.. 25 x 25 x 25 cm. From series: My Developed Sence of Self. BA 2019.
. 
. By moving to Antwerp from Gwangju I was required to blend into another culture…. this displacement requires a period of adaptation.
. My collection addresses stages of such a transition with a series of face accessories that function as tools for deflection with which i can hide. But also, and eventually, the collection reveals a more relaxed sense of acceptance and of self.. Yuyeong Choi
Piece: Untitled, 2019
Plexiglass, brass.
25 x 25 x 25 cm
From series: My Developed Sence of Self
BA 2019.

By moving to Antwerp from Gwangju I was required to blend into another culture…. this displacement requires a period of adaptation.
My collection addresses stages of such a transition with a series of face accessories that function as tools for deflection with which i can hide. But also, and eventually, the collection reveals a more relaxed sense of acceptance and of self.

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Adelina Cioancã. Brooch: Frozen memories but melting fast, 2019. Foam, silver 925, fine silver, stainless steel, resin.. Photo by: Kaat Somers. From series: Frozen Memories (melting fast!). BA 2019.
. 
. Playing on sugar sweet childhood memories of long summer vacations, I have developed a visual and material language with the intention of triggering ideas of flavour, fun and joy.
. My jewellery explores anti-aesthetics as a wearable, made to look naughty, sticky, messy and delicious. I want my jewellery as a medium to carry all of the above associations. . Adelina Cioancã
Brooch: Frozen memories but melting fast, 2019
Foam, silver 925, fine silver, stainless steel, resin.
Photo by: Kaat Somers
From series: Frozen Memories (melting fast!)
BA 2019.

Playing on sugar sweet childhood memories of long summer vacations, I have developed a visual and material language with the intention of triggering ideas of flavour, fun and joy.
My jewellery explores anti-aesthetics as a wearable, made to look naughty, sticky, messy and delicious. I want my jewellery as a medium to carry all of the above associations. 

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Nina Faivre. Brooch: Falling Petals, 2019. Silver, shell.. 30 cm. Photo by: Miia Kota. From series: Illustration of Amnesia. BA 2019.
. 
. We all build an understanding of life based on our experience of events, persons, moments, that define a sense of ourselves and link us to the world. 
. However, in the case of Amnesia the information we gather through life declines, fades and disappears.
. In my work I translate this process through illustration to describe the feeling of fragility, and loneliness of those who suffer the malady. I take details from my drawings to create shapes and components and construct necklaces and other jewellery to continue this sense of a disappearing memory, a fading chain a fragile life.. Nina Faivre
Brooch: Falling Petals, 2019
Silver, shell.
30 cm
Photo by: Miia Kota
From series: Illustration of Amnesia
BA 2019.

We all build an understanding of life based on our experience of events, persons, moments, that define a sense of ourselves and link us to the world. 
However, in the case of Amnesia the information we gather through life declines, fades and disappears.
In my work I translate this process through illustration to describe the feeling of fragility, and loneliness of those who suffer the malady. I take details from my drawings to create shapes and components and construct necklaces and other jewellery to continue this sense of a disappearing memory, a fading chain a fragile life.

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Maria Gulavskaya. Bracelet: Bent Knee, 2019. Cardboard, wood.. 12.8 x 3.2 x 9.1 cm. Photo by: Jelle Sluyts. From series: Body Map. BA 2019.
. 
. This work presents my research into the relationship between a circle and a human body, specifically my body. I work with the circle to frame a defined space between the circle circumference and the outer surface of my body: the elbow, knee, ankle and wrist. I scan these framed locations to map the shape and silhouette of myself. The scans are sliced on the computer and then cut into layers of Plexiglas and card.  The results manifest as two mini-series: one being objects that wear the shape of the body and the second series being wearables that propose the body is the jewel to wear. ​. Maria Gulavskaya
Bracelet: Bent Knee, 2019
Cardboard, wood.
12.8 x 3.2 x 9.1 cm
Photo by: Jelle Sluyts
From series: Body Map
BA 2019.

This work presents my research into the relationship between a circle and a human body, specifically my body. I work with the circle to frame a defined space between the circle circumference and the outer surface of my body: the elbow, knee, ankle and wrist. I scan these framed locations to map the shape and silhouette of myself. The scans are sliced on the computer and then cut into layers of Plexiglas and card.  The results manifest as two mini-series: one being objects that wear the shape of the body and the second series being wearables that propose the body is the jewel to wear. ​

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Katla Karlsdottir. Earrings: Half round Crystals, 2019. Silver, telephone screens, brass.. From series: What happens to all the broken screens?. BA 2019.
. 
. Smartphones contain a high amount of precious materials - copper, gold, silver and even more high tech materials such as sapphire glass and iron-bathed glass, to make them durable. But how durable are they?
. …not much, compared to the life-span of jewellery and the raw materials listed above.
. I have built a collection of jewellery by manipulating phone screens with heat and pressure to achieve new textures and surfaces that mimic the properties of precious minerals. Lustre, iridescence and facets have been forced from the flat screens to create new impressions.. Katla Karlsdottir
Earrings: Half round Crystals, 2019
Silver, telephone screens, brass.
From series: What happens to all the broken screens?
BA 2019.

Smartphones contain a high amount of precious materials - copper, gold, silver and even more high tech materials such as sapphire glass and iron-bathed glass, to make them durable. But how durable are they?
…not much, compared to the life-span of jewellery and the raw materials listed above.
I have built a collection of jewellery by manipulating phone screens with heat and pressure to achieve new textures and surfaces that mimic the properties of precious minerals. Lustre, iridescence and facets have been forced from the flat screens to create new impressions.

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Liuhong Li. Earrings: Do Son, 2019. Silver, mother of pearl.. 9 x 4.5 x 0.4 cm. From series: Wearing/Seeing Perfume. BA 2019.
. 
. How does a perfume feel?
. What does a perfume look like?
. These are the questions I asked myself at the start of this project.
. My impressions of a scent create a scene in my mind, and the aim of my jewellery collection is to translate details of that scene.
. I select materials to represent the ingredients that form the notes and structure of the perfume, and I illustrate them too, with graphic motifs and delicate fluid lines.
. Wearing my jewellery = wearing my perfume.​. Liuhong Li
Earrings: Do Son, 2019
Silver, mother of pearl.
9 x 4.5 x 0.4 cm
From series: Wearing/Seeing Perfume
BA 2019.

How does a perfume feel?
What does a perfume look like?
These are the questions I asked myself at the start of this project.
My impressions of a scent create a scene in my mind, and the aim of my jewellery collection is to translate details of that scene.
I select materials to represent the ingredients that form the notes and structure of the perfume, and I illustrate them too, with graphic motifs and delicate fluid lines.
Wearing my jewellery = wearing my perfume.​

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Valeria Naumova. Ring: Sensuality, 2019. Silver, modeling compounds.. 9 x 7 cm. From series: Sensuality. BA 2019.
. 
. The spiralled columns of the temple of Solomon offer an important beginning and meaning to my collection. A twisting formation brings a variety of meanings across different cultures, but my interpretation of this symbol is dynamism, creation and becoming.
. In my work, I aim to capture the sensual curved forms inspired by the body to create a series of accessories that wrap and intertwine with the wearer. Using a combination of hard and soft, precious and non-precious materials I offer a dynamic and powerful unity between the work and wearer.​. Valeria Naumova
Ring: Sensuality, 2019
Silver, modeling compounds.
9 x 7 cm
From series: Sensuality
BA 2019.

The spiralled columns of the temple of Solomon offer an important beginning and meaning to my collection. A twisting formation brings a variety of meanings across different cultures, but my interpretation of this symbol is dynamism, creation and becoming.
In my work, I aim to capture the sensual curved forms inspired by the body to create a series of accessories that wrap and intertwine with the wearer. Using a combination of hard and soft, precious and non-precious materials I offer a dynamic and powerful unity between the work and wearer.​

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Luca Sági. Brooch: Pink surprise, 2019. Slate, brass, paper foil, steel.. 8 x 1.5 x 6 cm. Photo by: Aron Viszlo. From series: My Antwerp Streetscapes. BA 2019.
. 
. I photograph details of the streets that grab my attention when I walk along my daily routes to the academy and around town. These images capture combinations rich in texture, colour and material contrast. In response to these I made a series of brooches with materials collected from these streets, the workshops and garden. My brooches offer wearable extracts from my perspective of the city. . Luca Sági
Brooch: Pink surprise, 2019
Slate, brass, paper foil, steel.
8 x 1.5 x 6 cm
Photo by: Aron Viszlo
From series: My Antwerp Streetscapes
BA 2019.

I photograph details of the streets that grab my attention when I walk along my daily routes to the academy and around town. These images capture combinations rich in texture, colour and material contrast. In response to these I made a series of brooches with materials collected from these streets, the workshops and garden. My brooches offer wearable extracts from my perspective of the city.

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Gille Peeters. Head Piece: Eye Mask, 2019. Plexiglass, brass, aluminium, lenses.. 14.1 x 18.7 cm. Photo by: Lars Moereels. From series: Glitched expression. BA 2019
. 
. When I think of robots the first thing I picture is a tin shaped figure that talks with an autonomous voice, that has legs arms and a head, that all move mechanically, with a face showing no emotion. In fact, we are surrounded by robots every day, in the form of smart gadgets, and other software, but we just don’t always see them.
. For us humans, there is an important and integral separation between us and the robots which is our ability to feel, express and articulate instinctive emotion. However sometimes I don’t want to be read, and most of the time I don’t want to be monitored by technology and robots. 
. As a reaction I have made a collection of jewellery that functions as defence tools by hiding, disguising and restricting our gestures and facial expressions.. Gille Peeters
Head Piece: Eye Mask, 2019
Plexiglass, brass, aluminium, lenses.
14.1 x 18.7 cm
Photo by: Lars Moereels
From series: Glitched expression
BA 2019

When I think of robots the first thing I picture is a tin shaped figure that talks with an autonomous voice, that has legs arms and a head, that all move mechanically, with a face showing no emotion. In fact, we are surrounded by robots every day, in the form of smart gadgets, and other software, but we just don’t always see them.
For us humans, there is an important and integral separation between us and the robots which is our ability to feel, express and articulate instinctive emotion. However sometimes I don’t want to be read, and most of the time I don’t want to be monitored by technology and robots. 
As a reaction I have made a collection of jewellery that functions as defence tools by hiding, disguising and restricting our gestures and facial expressions.

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Youzhi Bi. Brooch: Landscape, 2019. Fine silver, stainless steel wire.. 60 x 1 x 7 cm. From series: Trace. 
. Youzhi Bi (b.1995, China) is a master student of the Jewellery Design, Gold & Silversmithing department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp. Before this, she obtained a Bachelor degree from Sheffield Hallam University in 2016. 
. One of the most exciting moments of her art making is to be encountered with a blank sheet of paper ready to be transformed. Worrying about making it dirty, Youzhi always tries to control the lines of her drawings to be sharp and accurate. 
. However, no paper can stay clean, and no drawing can be perfect. 
. What is believed to be a mistake is actually what makes a drawing a personal distinctive piece of art. 
. She found a way to keep that sensation of drawing on paper, but this time by using thin fine silver, it is pale, soft, and gets scratched easily. Youzhi traces her landscapes on the fine silver, as she would have on paper. 
. She uses only a few structured lines to define nature scenes and folds these drawings into wearable brooches. 
. While wearing the brooches, you cannot evade scratching the surface. These scratches will be part of the natural mistake as there are no rules of how the tree grows and how the mountains are laying one behind another. 
. The first scratches break your heart because they feel like a mistake after it is them that allow the viewer to trace a story. Through wearing the pieces, they evoke further storytelling by their daily contact with the body. . Youzhi Bi
Brooch: Landscape, 2019
Fine silver, stainless steel wire.
60 x 1 x 7 cm
From series: Trace

Youzhi Bi (b.1995, China) is a master student of the Jewellery Design, Gold & Silversmithing department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp. Before this, she obtained a Bachelor degree from Sheffield Hallam University in 2016. 
One of the most exciting moments of her art making is to be encountered with a blank sheet of paper ready to be transformed. Worrying about making it dirty, Youzhi always tries to control the lines of her drawings to be sharp and accurate. 
However, no paper can stay clean, and no drawing can be perfect. 
What is believed to be a mistake is actually what makes a drawing a personal distinctive piece of art. 
She found a way to keep that sensation of drawing on paper, but this time by using thin fine silver, it is pale, soft, and gets scratched easily. Youzhi traces her landscapes on the fine silver, as she would have on paper. 
She uses only a few structured lines to define nature scenes and folds these drawings into wearable brooches. 
While wearing the brooches, you cannot evade scratching the surface. These scratches will be part of the natural mistake as there are no rules of how the tree grows and how the mountains are laying one behind another. 
The first scratches break your heart because they feel like a mistake after it is them that allow the viewer to trace a story. Through wearing the pieces, they evoke further storytelling by their daily contact with the body. 

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Vie Stessens. Piece: Fork & Fly, 2019. Silver, plastic, horn, other metal.. 10 x 0.5 x 16 cm. Photo by: Tina Herbots. From series: From survival to revival. Hair clip.
. 
. Vie Stessens (b. 1994, Belguim) is currently a master student at the Jewellery Design, Gold & Silversmithing Department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp.   
. We all often keep some jewellery that we don’t wear anymore because we have a feeling or memory attached to it. It ends up in a box deeply hidden in a cabinet or drawer. More and more jewellery just lies there with no particular reason or the potential to be worn in the near future.  
. The industry keeps on producing and we keep on buying every season. But what happens with all this jewellery we don’t wear anymore? 
. Vie wants to tackle this problem in her work. She is as well a collector of these hidden away treasures and sees value and possibilities in them.   
. The unexpected unique combinations are the starting point of her process and stand central in her way of working. With the forgotten jewellery she creates new, transformed and wearable pieces. She rediscovers the jewellery through making new combinations and the way she assembles them together she creates new unique pieces ready to wear again.  
. Vie’s intuitive way of combining and assembling makes her pieces appealing and if you look well there is a touch of wittiness.  
. In her way of working she merges humor, creativity and metalwork skills.  Her collection, ‘From survival to revival’, breathes new life into the old, hidden pieces. . Vie Stessens
Piece: Fork & Fly, 2019
Silver, plastic, horn, other metal.
10 x 0.5 x 16 cm
Photo by: Tina Herbots
From series: From survival to revival
Hair clip.

Vie Stessens (b. 1994, Belguim) is currently a master student at the Jewellery Design, Gold & Silversmithing Department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp.   
We all often keep some jewellery that we don’t wear anymore because we have a feeling or memory attached to it. It ends up in a box deeply hidden in a cabinet or drawer. More and more jewellery just lies there with no particular reason or the potential to be worn in the near future.  
The industry keeps on producing and we keep on buying every season. But what happens with all this jewellery we don’t wear anymore? 
Vie wants to tackle this problem in her work. She is as well a collector of these hidden away treasures and sees value and possibilities in them.   
The unexpected unique combinations are the starting point of her process and stand central in her way of working. With the forgotten jewellery she creates new, transformed and wearable pieces. She rediscovers the jewellery through making new combinations and the way she assembles them together she creates new unique pieces ready to wear again.  
Vie’s intuitive way of combining and assembling makes her pieces appealing and if you look well there is a touch of wittiness.  
In her way of working she merges humor, creativity and metalwork skills.  Her collection, ‘From survival to revival’, breathes new life into the old, hidden pieces. 

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Lera Treyger. Bracelet: The recollections, 2019. Silver, glass.. 18 x 1 x 1 cm. From series: The recollections. 
. Lera Treyger is currently finishing her Master degree in Jewellery Design, Gold and Silversmithing at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp. 
. `The recollections` project is focused on jewellery, that has a strong meaning to people as they received it from loved ones.  Even so, they do not feel any desire to wearing it. There are different reasons why: such as a completely different taste, size or even another religious belief. Still, people want to preserve the emotional connection with the person, and they are storing these presents in their drawers.  But are these memories alive if jewellery is hidden in boxes and are not worn anymore?  
. Lera collects these jewellery, interviews the owners and reflects on their stories. She develops her personal approach to each person by combining their aesthetics and memories into new wearable jewellery with no intervention on the original one.    As Lera wants to save the visual connection between a piece of jewellery and a wearer she chose transparent glass as one of the main tools in her project. 
. Through working with a glass artist, Lera combines borosilicate glass and precious metals with the old pieces of jewellery. By changing the way of wearing them, masking, hiding or contrariwise magnifying and emphasising the original pieces she creates a new contemporary design. 
. Finally, new wearable jewellery returns to the owner, but this time the memory comes out of the box.. Lera Treyger
Bracelet: The recollections, 2019
Silver, glass.
18 x 1 x 1 cm
From series: The recollections

Lera Treyger is currently finishing her Master degree in Jewellery Design, Gold and Silversmithing at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp. 
`The recollections` project is focused on jewellery, that has a strong meaning to people as they received it from loved ones.  Even so, they do not feel any desire to wearing it. There are different reasons why: such as a completely different taste, size or even another religious belief. Still, people want to preserve the emotional connection with the person, and they are storing these presents in their drawers.  But are these memories alive if jewellery is hidden in boxes and are not worn anymore?  
Lera collects these jewellery, interviews the owners and reflects on their stories. She develops her personal approach to each person by combining their aesthetics and memories into new wearable jewellery with no intervention on the original one.    As Lera wants to save the visual connection between a piece of jewellery and a wearer she chose transparent glass as one of the main tools in her project. 
Through working with a glass artist, Lera combines borosilicate glass and precious metals with the old pieces of jewellery. By changing the way of wearing them, masking, hiding or contrariwise magnifying and emphasising the original pieces she creates a new contemporary design. 
Finally, new wearable jewellery returns to the owner, but this time the memory comes out of the box.

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Sophia de Groot. Earcuff: Interlinked, 2019. 3D printed stainless steel.. Photo by: Casper Fitzhue. From series: Interlinked. 
. Sophia de Groot (b. 1993, Netherlands) is a Masters student of the Jewellery Design, Gold and Silversmithing Department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp.  
. In her research, Sophia is exploring movement within the limitation of one material and it’s possibilities within one autonomous piece. She is searching for a way to create fluidity in one continuous shape. One form of jewellery that embodies these properties is chain. 
. In her work she considers the links of a chain and the way they are connected as an item into itself and not just as a support for other jewellery; the chain and it’s a repetitive connection as the main subject in her jewellery pieces.  
. Sophia is a digital craftsman who unites technology, craftsmanship and art. She crosses with her designs in multiple disciplines. By making 3D printed stainless steel links and assembling them in a repetitive way by the hand she makes unique combinations of chain pieces.  
. Because of her research, she was on- and offline in connection with different people around the world who all contributed in some way in her work. The beauty in the digital world is that everyone is linked and want to help in making solutions for the problems you’re facing. Everyone elements connected, like a chain.  
. We are all linked.  
. One by one.  
. Moving on our own. 
. Very tight or loosely. 
. But interlinked together.. Sophia de Groot
Earcuff: Interlinked, 2019
3D printed stainless steel.
Photo by: Casper Fitzhue
From series: Interlinked

Sophia de Groot (b. 1993, Netherlands) is a Masters student of the Jewellery Design, Gold and Silversmithing Department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp.  
In her research, Sophia is exploring movement within the limitation of one material and it’s possibilities within one autonomous piece. She is searching for a way to create fluidity in one continuous shape. One form of jewellery that embodies these properties is chain. 
In her work she considers the links of a chain and the way they are connected as an item into itself and not just as a support for other jewellery; the chain and it’s a repetitive connection as the main subject in her jewellery pieces.  
Sophia is a digital craftsman who unites technology, craftsmanship and art. She crosses with her designs in multiple disciplines. By making 3D printed stainless steel links and assembling them in a repetitive way by the hand she makes unique combinations of chain pieces.  
Because of her research, she was on- and offline in connection with different people around the world who all contributed in some way in her work. The beauty in the digital world is that everyone is linked and want to help in making solutions for the problems you’re facing. Everyone elements connected, like a chain.  
We are all linked.  
One by one.  
Moving on our own. 
Very tight or loosely. 
But interlinked together.

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Xinyuan Hu. Bangle: A Bangle from Another Angle, 2018. White jade, laquer with gold powder, green jade, HETIAN jade, 3D print polyamide, iron.. Photo by: Guo Rong. 
. Hu Xinyuan (1991, China) obtained her BA degree in Product Design from Ningbo University, then spent one year doing an internship at a jewellery design company. This experience prompted her to begin to explore the world of jewellery. 
.  
. In Belgium, she completed a BA in Jewellery Design, Gold and Silversmithing at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp and is currently finishing her MA degree. 
.  
. In western culture, a marriage proposal is not complete without a diamond engagement ring. It is such a common tradition, that it is hard to believe it is the result of a successful advertising campaign by De Beers, started only 75 years ago.  
.  
. In Chinese culture, the jade bangle has a similar meaning to the engagement ring. Jade bangles are given to the future fiancé as part of the proposal - their perfect circular shape is a symbol of eternal love and a blissful union. But Xinyuan believes that love can be seen from different perspectives and that each relationship deserves a unique symbol to represent the many facets and varieties of love that exist. 
.  
. For her Master's project, Xinyuan has reinterpreted the classic round jade bangle using 3D CAD software and traditional stone cutting techniques to create a collection of bangles. Through her work, she has developed a relationship between material and shape to create multiple versions of the original, traditional bangle - A bangle from another angle. . Xinyuan Hu
Bangle: A Bangle from Another Angle, 2018
White jade, laquer with gold powder, green jade, HETIAN jade, 3D print polyamide, iron.
Photo by: Guo Rong

Hu Xinyuan (1991, China) obtained her BA degree in Product Design from Ningbo University, then spent one year doing an internship at a jewellery design company. This experience prompted her to begin to explore the world of jewellery. 
 
In Belgium, she completed a BA in Jewellery Design, Gold and Silversmithing at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp and is currently finishing her MA degree. 
 
In western culture, a marriage proposal is not complete without a diamond engagement ring. It is such a common tradition, that it is hard to believe it is the result of a successful advertising campaign by De Beers, started only 75 years ago.  
 
In Chinese culture, the jade bangle has a similar meaning to the engagement ring. Jade bangles are given to the future fiancé as part of the proposal - their perfect circular shape is a symbol of eternal love and a blissful union. But Xinyuan believes that love can be seen from different perspectives and that each relationship deserves a unique symbol to represent the many facets and varieties of love that exist. 
 
For her Master's project, Xinyuan has reinterpreted the classic round jade bangle using 3D CAD software and traditional stone cutting techniques to create a collection of bangles. Through her work, she has developed a relationship between material and shape to create multiple versions of the original, traditional bangle - A bangle from another angle. 

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Zeyun Chen. Object: Previously Underground, 2018. Potato, sweet potato, taro, purple sweet potato.. Photo by: Molly Kwok. 
. What is value? This is a question that Zeyun is fascinated by and which forms the core of her Masters' project. At first glance, you might not recognise the material she has used to create her objects. Could it be wood? Bone? Or is it a precious material such as coral, shell or ivory - materials that are worth treasuring? Her objects are, in fact, made of potato.  
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. The potato is a very common, hardy vegetable with a very colourful history. Originally from Peru, the potato was first introduced to Europeans by the Spanish and was not thought highly of until food shortages and famines forced the meat-loving citizens of England and France to turn to the food they had reserved for animals. With this, the potato saved lives and it is hard for us now to imagine how valuable the potato was to those suffering from famine. Most people today think potatoes are very ordinary; a common starch, only to be used to soak up the gravy from a delicious meal. 
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. When these vegetables are hand carved and dehydrated, they become sturdy and tough. The sweet potato and taro vegetables come in bright shades of purple and orange, while the common baking potato gives a wonderfully delicate ivory. Zeyun became obsessed with potatoes and has created a collection celebrating its features and complex relationship to value. . Zeyun Chen
Object: Previously Underground, 2018
Potato, sweet potato, taro, purple sweet potato.
Photo by: Molly Kwok

What is value? This is a question that Zeyun is fascinated by and which forms the core of her Masters' project. At first glance, you might not recognise the material she has used to create her objects. Could it be wood? Bone? Or is it a precious material such as coral, shell or ivory - materials that are worth treasuring? Her objects are, in fact, made of potato.  
 
The potato is a very common, hardy vegetable with a very colourful history. Originally from Peru, the potato was first introduced to Europeans by the Spanish and was not thought highly of until food shortages and famines forced the meat-loving citizens of England and France to turn to the food they had reserved for animals. With this, the potato saved lives and it is hard for us now to imagine how valuable the potato was to those suffering from famine. Most people today think potatoes are very ordinary; a common starch, only to be used to soak up the gravy from a delicious meal. 
 
When these vegetables are hand carved and dehydrated, they become sturdy and tough. The sweet potato and taro vegetables come in bright shades of purple and orange, while the common baking potato gives a wonderfully delicate ivory. Zeyun became obsessed with potatoes and has created a collection celebrating its features and complex relationship to value. 

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Emma Gregory. Bracelet: Watercolours and What I'm Looking For, 2018. Laser-welded stainless steel, Nano-ceramic e-coating.. Photo by: Zuzanna Głód. From series: Polyrhythmic. Hand model: Emma MF Gregory and Ivo van Herreweghe.
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. Emma Gregory (1991) is a Masters student of the Jewellery Design, Gold and Silversmithing Department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp. Before this she obtained a Bachelors degree from the Glasgow School of Art and a state certification from the Goldschmiedeschule in Pforzheim. 
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. Emma has been developing a unique form of wearable musical notation for electronic dance music. Through her own interpretation of the music, highly polished stainless steel wires are laser-welded into tiny, detailed shapes that match the rhythms and harmonies. The songs are transformed into precious necklaces, bracelets - long chains designed to be wrapped around the body and kept close like treasured artefacts.  
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. Her research led her to enrol in a master-class on typography and writing systems, and an electronic music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. She chose to focus on electronic dance music because she sees unique similarities in the balance between research, technique and artistry achieved in both jewellery design and the production of dance music. . Emma Gregory
Bracelet: Watercolours and What I'm Looking For, 2018
Laser-welded stainless steel, Nano-ceramic e-coating.
Photo by: Zuzanna Głód
From series: Polyrhythmic
Hand model: Emma MF Gregory and Ivo van Herreweghe.
 
Emma Gregory (1991) is a Masters student of the Jewellery Design, Gold and Silversmithing Department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp. Before this she obtained a Bachelors degree from the Glasgow School of Art and a state certification from the Goldschmiedeschule in Pforzheim. 
 
Emma has been developing a unique form of wearable musical notation for electronic dance music. Through her own interpretation of the music, highly polished stainless steel wires are laser-welded into tiny, detailed shapes that match the rhythms and harmonies. The songs are transformed into precious necklaces, bracelets - long chains designed to be wrapped around the body and kept close like treasured artefacts.  
 
Her research led her to enrol in a master-class on typography and writing systems, and an electronic music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. She chose to focus on electronic dance music because she sees unique similarities in the balance between research, technique and artistry achieved in both jewellery design and the production of dance music. 

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Fien Verbeke. Necklace: Future Fossils, 2018. Found plastic objects and materials, jesmonite.. Photo by: Oxiea Villamonte. Model: Liezl Vervloet.. Fien Verbeke
Necklace: Future Fossils, 2018
Found plastic objects and materials, jesmonite.
Photo by: Oxiea Villamonte
Model: Liezl Vervloet.

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Arne Van De Mierop. Object: Untitled, 2018. Ceramics. Arne Van De Mierop
Object: Untitled, 2018
Ceramics
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Lera Treyger. Ring: Disc in Motion, 2018. Goldenplated, white rhodiumplated brass.. Photo by: Evgeny Mezhebovsky. Model: Lera Treyger.. Lera Treyger
Ring: Disc in Motion, 2018
Goldenplated, white rhodiumplated brass.
Photo by: Evgeny Mezhebovsky
Model: Lera Treyger.

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Hanne Schonkeren. Brooch: Portrait of Mia, 2018. Brass, silver, pearls.. Photo by: Frederic Paulussen. Models: Reinhilde Decleir en Johan Schonkeren.. Hanne Schonkeren
Brooch: Portrait of Mia, 2018
Brass, silver, pearls.
Photo by: Frederic Paulussen
Models: Reinhilde Decleir en Johan Schonkeren.

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Julia Mercier. Earrings: Dans la Lune, 2018. Silver, brass, plexiglass.. Photo by: Lineta Liduma. Model: Alice Cols.. Julia Mercier
Earrings: Dans la Lune, 2018
Silver, brass, plexiglass.
Photo by: Lineta Liduma
Model: Alice Cols.

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Jade Houben. Brooch: Unfolded Pressings, 2018. Titanium, silver.. Photo by: Alan Reinders. Model: Ramatou Barry.. Jade Houben
Brooch: Unfolded Pressings, 2018
Titanium, silver.
Photo by: Alan Reinders
Model: Ramatou Barry.

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Julia Garcia Rubio. Brooch: Fragmented Memory, 2018. Wood (beech), sterling silver, paint.. Photo by: Philippe Rikir. Model: Klara Boscic.. Julia Garcia Rubio
Brooch: Fragmented Memory, 2018
Wood (beech), sterling silver, paint.
Photo by: Philippe Rikir
Model: Klara Boscic.

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Shenglin Cheng. Brooch: Secluded Scenery, 2018. Silver, ohko stone.. Shenglin Cheng
Brooch: Secluded Scenery, 2018
Silver, ohko stone.
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Shitika Agrawal. Earrings: The Notion of Value, 2018. Paper, silver chain.. Photo by: Frederic Pels. Model: Rungfa Jantanarat. Shitika Agrawal
Earrings: The Notion of Value, 2018
Paper, silver chain.
Photo by: Frederic Pels
Model: Rungfa Jantanarat

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Theresa Storbacka. Piece: I Rytm, 2017. Brass and nylon.. Photo by: Nathan Ishar. Necklace & Scarf
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. BA 2017​​. Theresa Storbacka
Piece: I Rytm, 2017
Brass and nylon.
Photo by: Nathan Ishar
Necklace & Scarf
BA 2017​​

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Dabin Lee. Object: Down The Rabbit Hole, 2017. Copper wire.. Photo by: Ruben Podevyn, Dabin Lee. MA 2017. Dabin Lee
Object: Down The Rabbit Hole, 2017
Copper wire.
Photo by: Ruben Podevyn, Dabin Lee
MA 2017

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Emilie Putteman. Bracelet: The Peacock in the Kitchen, 2017. Domestic mixed materials with prints.. BA 2017
. Model: Crystal Die. Emilie Putteman
Bracelet: The Peacock in the Kitchen, 2017
Domestic mixed materials with prints.
BA 2017
Model: Crystal Die

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Sophia De Groot. Necklace: Between Points In Space, 2017. Steel. Photo by: Tom Peeters. BA 2017. Sophia De Groot
Necklace: Between Points In Space, 2017
Steel
Photo by: Tom Peeters
BA 2017

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Vie Stessens. Brooch: Internal Objects, 2017. Mixed materials.. Photo by: Frederic Pels. BA 2017. Vie Stessens
Brooch: Internal Objects, 2017
Mixed materials.
Photo by: Frederic Pels
BA 2017

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Shahrzad Motallebi. Necklace: A Fraction of Abundance, 2017. Polyester, silver.. Photo by: Charis Boel. MA 2017. Shahrzad Motallebi
Necklace: A Fraction of Abundance, 2017
Polyester, silver.
Photo by: Charis Boel
MA 2017

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Yijun Liu. Bracelet: OriTi, 2017. Titanium. Photo by: Laurent-Max De Cock. MA 2017. Yijun Liu
Bracelet: OriTi, 2017
Titanium
Photo by: Laurent-Max De Cock
MA 2017

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Master student Shahrzad Motallebi, winner of the Marzee Graduate Prize 2017.
Master student Shahrzad Motallebi, winner of the Marzee Graduate Prize 2017

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Annika Wirken. Brooch: Steeltuft, 2013. Steel, Baumwolle, Nadel, Tüll. Photo by: Johan Blommaert. Annika Wirken
Brooch: Steeltuft, 2013
Steel, Baumwolle, Nadel, Tüll
Photo by: Johan Blommaert
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Elitsa Macheva. Head Piece: Untitled. Steel, aluminum. Photo by: Johan Blommaert. Elitsa Macheva
Head Piece: Untitled
Steel, aluminum
Photo by: Johan Blommaert
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Elya Tettelin. Necklace: Untitled, 2014. Photo by: Johan Blommaert. Elya Tettelin
Necklace: Untitled, 2014
Photo by: Johan Blommaert
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Josefine Mass. Bracelet: Untitled, 2013. Steel wool. Photo by: Johan Blommaert. Josefine Mass
Bracelet: Untitled, 2013
Steel wool
Photo by: Johan Blommaert
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Mara Gabriela Grigoriu. Body piece: Body piece. Umhang, spacer fabric. Photo by: Johan Blommaert. Mara Gabriela Grigoriu
Body piece: Body piece
Umhang, spacer fabric
Photo by: Johan Blommaert
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Orsolya Losnczy. Necklace: Untitled. Steel wire. Photo by: Johan Blommaert. Orsolya Losnczy
Necklace: Untitled
Steel wire
Photo by: Johan Blommaert
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Shu Liang. Necklace: Untitled, 2013. Steel pins, felt.. Photo by: Johan Blommaert. Shu Liang
Necklace: Untitled, 2013
Steel pins, felt.
Photo by: Johan Blommaert
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Vincent Verstrepen. Necklace: Hardw(e)ar(e). Steel nails. Photo by: Johan Blommaert. Vincent Verstrepen
Necklace: Hardw(e)ar(e)
Steel nails
Photo by: Johan Blommaert
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Project by A.F.Vanderhorst, Photography by Elyane Van Coillie.
Project by A.F.Vanderhorst, Photography by Elyane Van Coillie

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Project of Chequita Nahar & Valeria Vallarta Siemelink, Photography by Elyane Van Coillie.
Project of Chequita Nahar & Valeria Vallarta Siemelink, Photography by Elyane Van Coillie

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Project with Marjan Unger & Anita Evenepoel, Photography by Elyane Van Coilliie.
Project with Marjan Unger & Anita Evenepoel, Photography by Elyane Van Coilliie

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Project with Paul Derrez & Willem Hoogstede (Gallery RA Amsterdam), Photography by Max-Laurent De Cock.
Project with Paul Derrez & Willem Hoogstede (Gallery RA Amsterdam), Photography by Max-Laurent De Cock

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Project with Theodorus Joannes Maria Noten & Clemence-Marie van Lieshout, Photography by Elyane Van Coillie.
Project with Theodorus Joannes Maria Noten & Clemence-Marie van Lieshout, Photography by Elyane Van Coillie

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Project with Walter Van Beirendonck & Marnick Smessaert, Rings for the Lords, Photography by Elyane Van Coilliie.
Project with Walter Van Beirendonck & Marnick Smessaert, Rings for the Lords, Photography by Elyane Van Coilliie

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