Event details


The two-day symposium Jewellery for Life and its Impacts on People will take place on the 30 November - 1 December.


30 November  

9.00 – 9:30 Registration

9.30 – 10.00 Welcome and Introduction
Dr Roberta Bernabei, School of Design & Creative Arts, Loughborough University, England, 

10.00 – 10.50 1st Keynote: Stealing identities: the significance of sentimental value in theft of jewellery 
Professor Loretta Trickett, Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Nottingham Law School; Nottingham Trent University, England 

11.00 – 11.40 The Boy Who Wanted to Pierce His Ears
Caio Mahin, Contemporary Jewellery Artist; Idar-Oberstein, Germany

11.40 – 12.20 Jewellery as Barrier and View
Dr. Sarah Alford, Assistant Professor in Liberal Studies, Craft and Emerging Media; Alberta University of Arts, Canada 

13.00 – 14.00 2nd Keynote: Circle of Life: Let’s talk about Jewellery.
Professor Stephen Bottomley, Head of the School of Design & Anna Gordon, Head of Silversmithing and Jewellery Department; Glasgow School of Art, Scotland.


1 December  

9.15  9.45 Day Two Registration

9.45  10.00 Day One Summary & Highlights 

10.00 – 10.50 Identifying the Displaced: Resurrecting Migrant Identities through the Investigative Lens of Jewellery
Dr. Maria Maclennan, Lecturer (Teaching and Research) in Jewellery and Silversmithing, School of Design; Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland 

11.00 – 11.40 Looking in the Mirror: Embodiment and the Reification of Empire
Francisco Guevara, Independent scholar and Co-Executive Director of Arquetopia Foundation, Mexico 

11.40 – 12.20 Ephemera: around some poisonous matter
Giulia Lanza, MA Candidate, Department of Jewellery and Blacksmithing; Eesti Kunstiakadeemia, Estonia 

13.00 – 13.40 Contemporary Jewellery: non-invasive interventions in improving the wellbeing and the quality of life.
Yajie Hu, Doctoral Researcher, School of Design & Creative Arts; Loughborough University, England 

13.40 – 14.20 The pearls are non-negotiable: unravelling the factual power of fictional jewellery
Maarten F. Versteeg Msc, Jewelry Designer and Independent Researcher; The Netherlands 

14.30  15.00 Symposium Summary & Thank-You by event Director Dr Roberta Bernabei and event Deputy Director Dean and Prof. Cees De Bont.  

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Docufilm screening

Hunter from Elsewhere - A Journey with Helen Britton

By german-spanish Director Elena Alvarez Lutz

This is an independent documentary that premiered at Munich’s DOK.fest, will be screened in NYC at the NYCJW2022 and have its theatrical release in Germany. This film is a poetic story by filmmaker Alvarez Lutz who traces the career of Australian multi-disciplinary artist Helen Britton, a reflection on material and memory.


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Participatory workshops held during the symposium will be led by Loughborough University doctoral researchers and former students.

1. Rhyme

Mark McLeish

A lively workshop on creating brooches from assembling discarded costume jewellery led by Mark McLeish, lecturer and multidisciplinary artist from Manchester Metropolitan University on 30 November and 1 December, 7 participants per workshop. This event is supported by LUArts.

2. Sharing Memories and Designing Souvenirs

Renjie Yang

A participative workshop on Souvenirs and Cultural Heritage where participants will be guided to explore the perception of authenticity and sentiments regarding souvenirs led by Renjie Yang, doctoral researcher, Loughborough University on 30 November and 1 December, 8 participants per workshop.

3. Drawing Ideas in Bioplastics 

Rachel Colley

A unique workshop to explore the possibilities of working with food waste to create bioplastics and using them to ‘draw’ and test ideas through brushed surface textures and by forming extrusions to create 3D designs led by Rachael Colley, Senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallem University, maker and artist on 30 November and 1 December, 15 participants per workshop.

4. Upcycling Emotions

Dr Roberta Bernabei

An experiential workshop on emotionally charged souvenirs where participants will be encouraged and guided to make their own souvenir by upcycling the organic cotton banner from the Jewellery for Life exhibition led by Dr Roberta Bernabei, School of Design and Creative Arts, Loughborough University on 12 December, 8 participants maximum.

Group exhibition

Jewellery Art & Design in Higher Education at Loughborough aims to capture the international distinctive languages and memories of our alumni, doctoral researchers, tutors and ex-tutors. We recognise and cherish past and present creativity and wish to inspire future generations with this exclusive selection of pieces and archive imagery. The exhibition will open on 30 November and remain open until 8 December. You will be pleased to see the work by Jayne Wallace, Rachael Colley, Mark Mcleish, Nick Aikman, Sarah O’Hana, Christoph Zellweger, Charlotte Jones, Carrie Dickens, Kate Bajic, Erinn M. Cox, Debbie Claxton, Yajie Hu, and many others… 


Design School building - ground floor
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Date / time

  • Wed 30 November - 5:15pm-6:30pm
  • Thu 1 December - 1:00pm-6:00pm
  • Fri 2 December - 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Sat 3 December - 12:00pm-3:00pm
  • Sun 4 December - 12:00pm-3:00pm
  • Mon 5 December - 12:00pm-3:00pm
  • Tue 6 December - 12:00pm-3:00pm
  • Wed 7 December - 12:00pm-3:00pm
  • Thu 8 December - 12:00pm-3:00pm


Jewellery for Life and its Impact on People symposium invites original abstracts and submissions addressing the theme below in various ways. We foster submissions from practitioners, researchers, designers, artists, curators, and historians. Abstracts will be selected by an international panel and a limited number of accepted presentations will be included in the symposium programme. The length of abstracts must be maximum 500 words.

The presentations will be approx. 40 minutes

Please note - call for submissions is now closed