Jewellery making: wearing our stories with pride (short course)

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Jewellery making: wearing our stories with pride (short course)

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Please note you cannot sign up for individual sessions. No refunds.

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LU Arts
01509 222948

Create your own statement jewellery piece inspired by your family history and heritage.

***This course is only available to Loughborough University students and staff***

Jewellery designer and multi-disciplinary artist Anisha Parmar will lead you through the process of creating your own piece of jewellery inspired by a family heirloom or your family history.

You’ll start by learning how to visually conceptualise and design your piece with mood boards, followed by basic jewellery making skills (with a focus on laser cut jewellery components) and assemblage.

The finished pieces will be photographed and presented online.

Please note that you cannot sign up for individual sessions. Please check the dates and times for each week below and make sure you are free to attend the first four weeks before you go ahead and book.


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Course outline:

Week one: Wed 26 Jan, 2-4pm

Anisha will introduce her own practice and share how she uses her family narrative to create her pieces. You will need to do a little bit of preparation in advance of this first session, but more information and guidance will be sent by email in plenty of time. This will include thinking about an heirloom and sharing your family story, which will inspire your design. You will also need to gather some images for your moodboard such as family photos and images found online and in magazines.

During the session, Anisha will help you brainstorm your ideas and create your moodboard, inspired by your heirloom piece. You will then start to work on rough drawings for the proposed components of your jewellery piece.

Week two: Wed 2 Feb, 2-4pm

During this session you will work on fine line drawings of the components for your jewellery piece, which will be scanned and converted into Illustrator files.

Week three: Wed 9 Feb, 2-4pm

Using laser cutters you will cut out the pieces required for your jewellery piece.

Week four: Wed 16 Feb, 2-4pm

During this final practical session you will assemble your finished piece of jewellery.

Optional session: Wed 23 Feb, 2-4pm

In this final session you will present and photograph your finished pieces in preparation for an online exhibition of the work.

Anisha Parmar

Anisha Parmar is a globally successful jewellery designer and multi-disciplinary artist based in Derby. Her work is inspired by her own diaspora heritage that spans three continents – Gujarat in India, East Africa and Britain – and the gold jewellery pieces that have been collected along her family’s migrant journey. Anisha’s own designs bring the concept of the heirloom into today. At the heart of her brand is her belief in the power of wearing our culture and stories in a way that will uplift and empower – empowered adornment. Find out more about Anisha on her website.

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