Anastasia Young

Published: 31.10.2019
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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.


Young’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.

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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.
Workshop  29 Sep 2015 - 02 Oct 2015  Engastes by Anastasia Young.
Exhibition  23 Sep 2011 - 22 Oct 2011  Conceptual Jewellery.

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Book:  Showcase 500 Rings. New Directions in Art Jewelry. Metcalf, Bruce; Le Van, MartheLark Books:  Asheville,  2023
Book:  New Bracelets: 400+ Contemporary Jewelry Designs. Estrada, NicolasPromopress:  Barcelona,  2021
Book:  Narrative Jewelry. Fenn, MarkSchiffer Publishing:  New York,  2017
Book:  Éclat: The Masters of New Jewelry Design. Borras, Montse; Climent, CarlosPromopress:  Barcelona,  2014
Book:  Behind the Brooch. Lorena AnguloSchiffer Publishing:  Atglen,  2014
Book:  The Guide to Gemstone Settings. Young, AnastasiaA & C Black:  London,  2012
Book:  Significant Figures in Art and Craft Today: Portraits of working artists and craftsmen in Britain. Derek ReayMoTi Publishing:  2011
Book:  The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques. Thames & Hudson:  London,  2010
Book:  The New Encyclopedia of Jewellery Making Techniques. McGrath, JinksSearch Press:  Kent,  2010
Book:  Mixed Media Jewellery. Haywood, JoanneA & C Black:  London,  2009
Book:  The Jewellery Materials Sourcebook. Young, AnastasiaA & C Black:  London,  2008
Book:  Jewellers Directory. Association for Contemporary JewelleryA & C Black:  London,  2007
Catalogue:  FIDEM XXX Exhibition. American Numismatic Association.  2007
Book:  The Earrings Book. Yvonne KulagowskiA & C Black:  London,  2007
Book:  The Art of Jewellery Design. Elizabeth OlverQuarto Publishing plc:  London,  2002