Jewellery, Materials and Design
Foreword by Jenny Hutton
Students studying BA (Hons) Jewellery, Materials and Design receive a practice-led, research-enhanced and contemporary Art and Design School experience. Our students produce objects that range from the commercial to the speculative, the batch produced to the bespoke, and the machine made to the crafted. We are concerned with audiences and markets, provenance and narrative, as well as evolving technologies, innovation and materiality. Making is central to what we do. Our students work with multiple materials and processes, often juxtaposing unlikely materials alongside traditional precious metals, but always considering their critical stance and position in the ever-evolving disciplines of Jewellery and Metalwork.
The 2020-year’s graduating student group worked hard in unprecedented and challenging times and adapted to the changing situation they found themselves in. The skill set they had developed on the course and their global minded approach gave them the tools to adapt their direction and present their work and its relevance to new and emerging contexts. They used the discipline to propose new and innovative ways to tackle, pro-mote, celebrate and overcome the struggles of life.
It is with excitement that we share these projects with you. We hope that you enjoy the results of the hard work of this year’s graduates as much as we have enjoyed supporting their creative journeys.
Jenny Hutton is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, BA Jewellery, Materials and Design