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Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. Artesis Plantijn University College

Published: 06.07.2018
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

Nedda El-Asmar, Ingrid Meeuwis, Marc Ribbens, Anja Baelus, Wieke Aerts, Thessa Goossens, Erik Indekeu.

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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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.
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. 
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. 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. 
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. 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.  
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. 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. 
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. 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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