Information and limitless communication calls for an exchange of ideas and opinions above and beyond political borders and cultural spheres of influence. This also applies to the jewelry-related activities at schools of design all over the world.

final projects

The work of a jewelry maker is informed by the critical dialogue between, and also by encounters with, various cultural and artistic work methods in their current global context. A survey of the final projects at these design schools gives an impression of the new accents brought to jewelry design by the younger generation.

Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. Object by Andreas Zidek
Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. Object by Maike Thönissen
Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerpen. Ring by Maaike Huys

This survey presents an interesting cross-section of current trends, which show diverse ideas, courageous new lines of thought, and original uses of materials and formats. By means of transformation, combination, and ironic breaks, many underutilized aspects of this physical art are brought to the fore, opening a wide field of diverse associations. Current works maintain an understanding of history alongside a form that is oriented toward the here and now. Many of the selected pieces reflect the late lngeborg Bornhofen’s assertion that: “The more we experience our individual and global state of endangerment and vulnerability, the more interested life is in its own destructibility and transitory nature – fragile circumstances, moments, structures. Jewelry pieces are no longer stable. Existing in this construct demands caution. Caution for oneself and one’s environment – caution in one’s relations to others.”

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Charlemagne School, Antwerpen. Sleeve by Marieke Naudts
Alchimia, Contemporary Jewelry School in Florence. Ring by Agnes-Maria Hagg
Higher School of Applied Arts, Geneva. Necklace by Farah Calatras
University of Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf, Ring by Bettina Kratz
Institute of Art and Design, Birminham. Rings by Beki Dickinson-Vyse
School of Design and Crafts, Gothenborg. Brooch by Annika Akerfelt
College of Art, Edingburgh. Bracelet by Kaz Roberton
Alchimia, Contemporary Jewelry School in Florence. Brooch by Marzia Rossi

Most of the works listed here were collected by Marie-José van den Hout, Director of the Galerie Marzee in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, for the Annual International Graduation Show that took place at the Midora Fair for Watches, Clocks, and Jewelry in Leipzig, Germany. As Marie-José van den Hout explains the aim of the exhibition, this collection of final projects was meant to introduce the larger trade audience outside of the gallery circle to the high-quality and especially creative work of up-and-coming designers.

Giebichenstein Mountain University of Art and Design, Halle. Bracelet by Christine Matthias
Polytechnic, Lahti. Necklace by Tila Männistö
Polytechnic, Lahti. Pendant by Anu Suominea
South Carelia Polytechnic, Lappeenranta. Pendant by Sari Liimatta

Publication in ART+DESIGN should go further to support and realize this intention. The Annual International Graduation Show displays this year’s best final projects from the international universities and colleges below. Also shown were works from Israel and from the Professional Institute for Design, Jewelry, and Equipment in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. kph

Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Lodz. Bracelet by Pawek Kedzia
Middlesex University, Hertfordshire. Brooch by Kuniko Ishikawa
Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Lodz. Installation by Aleksandra Kucinska
Royal College of Art, London. Brooch by Kamilla Ruberg
Guildhall University, London.  Pins by Nanna Beckmann Jensen
Royal College of Art, London. Bracelet by Sarah Lindsay
Royal College of Art, London. Bracelet by Ann Alleweireldt
State University of New York, New Paltz. Brooches by Sakurako Shimizu
State University of New York, New Paltz. Bracelet by A-Young Chung
State University of New York, New Paltz. Necklace by Markian Galandiuk
Academy of Visual Arts, Maastricht. Object-necklace by Sam Wammes
State University of New York, New Paltz. Pendant by Shella Robinson
Academy of Visual Arts, Nuremburg. Rings by Alessandra Pizzini
Academy of Visual Arts, Nuremburg. Brooch by Nicole Gucher
University for the Arts, Oslo. Object by Håvard Hegdal
University for Design, Pforzheim. Rings by Beate Weiss
University for the Arts, Oslo. Necklace by Anne Lena Løvhaug
University for Design, Pforzheim. Necklace by Barbara Wolfinger
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. Rings by Heather Guidero
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. Rings by Kee Yoon Kang
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. Necklace by Julie Martheis
Hallam University, Sheffield. Chain by Laura North
Konstfack University of Arts Craft and Design, Stockholm. Dish by Jenny Edlund
Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn. Necklace by Villu Plink
Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry, Tokyo. Rings by Lee Chun Hyun
Konstfack University of Arts Craft and Design, Stockholm. Tattoo by Ida Forss
Konstfack University of Arts Craft and Design, Stockholm. Brooches by Sissi Westerberg
Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn. Object by Katrin Veegen
Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry, Tokyo. Brooches by Takamasa Inoue
University of the Arts, Utrecht. Object by Clara Moranta Marti
The Jewelry Technical Center, Israel. Bracelet by Shimon Chaziza
Professional Institute for Design, Jewelry, and Equipment, Schwäbisch Gmünd. Necklace by Thomas Heier
Professional Institute for Design, Jewelry, and Equipment, Schwäbisch Gmünd. Necklace by Jasmin Saroos
University of the Arts, Utrecht. Ring by Juul Jacobs
Professional Institute for Design, Jewelry, and Equipment, Schwäbisch Gmünd. Brooch and Ring by Christoph Weichert
Professional Institute for Design, Jewelry, and Equipment, Schwäbisch Gmünd. Necklace by Susanne Effmert
The Jewelry Technical Center, Israel. Necklace by Lilach Yaron
The Jewelry Technical Center, Israel. Brooch by Eli Eliahu