Anastasia Young is a London-based jewellery artist, author and lecturer, whose work has been exhibited internationally. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins College, where she lectures and teaches short courses in jewellery making. Having written three technical jewellery books (Thames & Hudson, A&C Black) which have been translated into seven languages, Anastasia Young is well known as an educator, through her teaching and writing. She also sits on the board of The Association for Contemporary Jewellery, which promotes contemporary jewellery in the UK.
StatementYoung’s eclectic jewellery is often project-based and driven by a combination of ideas and technical investigation; she uses narrative to explore both the design of a piece and its display when not being worn. The use of materials is an important consideration for her—found objects and repurposed materials are included for their meanings and aesthetic qualities, but Young’s fine jewellery also explores notions of repurposing as the precious metal elements she uses are often cast directly from plastic components from broken cassette players and cameras. Most recently, she has been working with symbolism and the interpretation of devotional devices as a means of narrative exploration through the juxtaposition of objects—some handmade, some found. Examples of her work are held in the permanent collections of the Science Museum, London and Central Saint Martins Museum.
I am intrigued by the narratives which are conveyed by function and the ways in which an object describes this function by its form, but my pieces are often subversive because they do not function in an expected manner, often reduced to decorative curiosities. I will usually allow the components which are used in a piece to dictate the specific ways in which they relate to each other; juxtaposed figurative elements will naturally illustrate a narrative by their inherent aesthetics and cultural significance.
Exhibition 07 Nov 2019 - 03 Jan 2020 Connections/Connessioni.
Exhibition 04 Oct 2019 - 06 Nov 2019 Tales of the Subconscious.
Workshop 26 Oct 2018 - 29 Oct 2018 Traditional and Contemporary Techniques by Anastasia Young.
Exhibition 25 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018 Dislocated Systems by Anastasia Young.
Exhibition 03 Mar 2018 - 14 Mar 2018 Shelf Aware.
Exhibition 11 Sep 2017 - 23 Oct 2017 20:20 Visions. Celebrating twenty years of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery at The Goldmsiths Centre.
Exhibition 14 Jan 2017 - 12 Mar 2017 20:20 Visions. Celebrating twenty years of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery.
Workshop 29 Sep 2015 - 02 Oct 2015 Engastes by Anastasia Young.
Exhibition 23 Sep 2011 - 22 Oct 2011 Conceptual Jewellery.
Book: New Bracelets: 400+ Contemporary Jewelry Designs. Estrada, Nicolas. Promopress: Barcelona, 2021
Book: Narrative Jewelry. Fenn, Mark. Schiffer Publishing: New York, 2017
Book: Éclat: The Masters of New Jewelry Design. Borras, Montse; Climent, Carlos. Promopress: Barcelona, 2014
Book: Behind the Brooch. Lorena Angulo. Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, 2014
Book: Showcase 500 Rings. New Directions in Art Jewelry. Metcalf, Bruce; Le Van, Marthe. Lark Crafts: Asheville, 2012
Book: The Guide to Gemstone Settings. Young, Anastasia. A & C Black: London, 2012
Book: Significant Figures in Art and Craft Today: Portraits of working artists and craftsmen in Britain. Derek Reay. MoTi Publishing: 2011
Book: The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques. Thames & Hudson: London, 2010
Book: The New Encyclopedia of Jewellery Making Techniques. McGrath, Jinks. Search Press: Kent, 2010
Book: Mixed Media Jewellery. Haywood, Joanne. A & C Black: London, 2009
Book: The Jewellery Materials Sourcebook. Young, Anastasia. A & C Black: London, 2008
Book: Jewellers Directory. Association for Contemporary Jewellery. A & C Black: London, 2007
Catalogue: FIDEM XXX Exhibition. American Numismatic Association. 2007
Book: The Earrings Book. Yvonne Kulagowski. A & C Black: London, 2007
Book: The Art of Jewellery Design. Elizabeth Olver. Quarto Publishing plc: London, 2002
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