Jewellery Design from Concept to CompletionSeptember 14, 2010
Developing a Concept Collages and Sketches Start by deciding on a theme. Research the topic. Collect images frommagazines, art history, personalphotos, photocopies, andwhatever interests you.
Developing a ConceptCollages and SketchesMake some sketches of your initial ideas.
Developing a ConceptCollage the imagery that interests you the most with yourdrawings into an artwork that will function as yourconceptual guide.Add paint anda variety ofmedia tocontinue exploringnew ideas andunify the images.
From Concept to Design The structural elements of a real leaf – the veins and stem – are retained in the metal interpretationAn image from thecollage is used asa visual reference The detailed drawings aim to capture form, texture, and movement
From Concept to Design Additional drawings inspired by the same organic forms will help new jewellery designs evolve in other directions
e Evolution of an Idea Designs for a pin To start, some atmospheric pictures of spiders are taken as research A sculpture called“The Nest” by Louise Bourgeois (1994) provides the initial inspiration
e Evolution of an Idea Designs for a pin Some models are made in different Photographs and materials to drawings are translated experiment with into prints as part of the the forms familiarization process between designer and subject
e Evolution of an Idea Designs for a pinSketches explore different shapes for the pin The spider form is the focal point of the design. Although the design retains the beauty of the spider, it is an abstract rather than literal interpretation. The final sketch in the series shows the finished design in more detail
e Evolution of an Idea A brooch Barbara Hepworth’s “Figure for a Landscape” (1960)and a butterfly’s wing provide the starting point for some concept sketches
e Evolution of an Idea A brooch The final design for a brooch
e Evolution of an Idea A collection of ringsEmp. Shan Jahan. Taj Mahal, 1650 Karl Blossfeldt. Rough Horsetail, c1928Pieter Bruegel. Tower of Babel, 1563 Inspiration from a variety of sources influence some rough sketches.Angkor Wat, 1050-1165 Cambodia
e Evolution of an Idea A collection of rings The final productsreveal highly creative adaptations of the source material
e Evolution of an Idea A Nigerian door panel provides The polished, raised inspiration areas emphasize and for a protect the texture multitude of patterns Door Panel, c.1873-1938 Nigeria
Getting Started Step #1: create a collage Start by deciding on a theme. Research the topic. Collect images frommagazines, art history, personalphotos, photocopies, andwhatever interests you.
Exploring your ConceptStep #2: create some sketchesMake some sketches of your initial ideas.
Working out the IdeasStep #3: combine new elements to create an artworkCollage the imagerythat interests youthe most with yourdrawings into anartwork that willfunction as yourconceptual guide.Add paint anda variety ofmedia tocontinue exploringnew ideas andunify the images.