Weekend Course on Brooching

with Daniela Malev

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In the field of contemporary jewellery the brooch is the most common and also much discussed form of jewellery. One of the special challenges of making a good brooch is to find an adequate solution for the needle which connects the piece securely to the body but goes beyond being a mere functional and invisible backside. It should be an essential part of the brooch in terms of content and aesthetics.

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Date: November 14 to November 16,  three days 15 hours

cost: €350 + 22%VAT

This workshop will address the back of the brooch as  essential part of the jewel itself. Students will discuss how brooches are worn, and will inquire the technical and esthetical potential of fastening devices.
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Daniela Malev is an expert in this field and has been conducting a research project on needles and fastening devices during her Master studies in gem tone and jewellery design at Fachhochschule Trier – Idar Oberstein. She is currently working on a publication treating this so important topic for jewelers and designers.

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During the class students will make excercises to different needle techniques and ways of thinking about what a needle can be and how it can be solved in accordance  with the concept, the material and the technical properties of the brooch.

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Daniela Malev

1972 born in Dresden
1991-94 study, work and travel in USA, Mexico, Australia
1998 diploma as classical goldsmith in Dresden
since 2002 self-employed as jeweller
2007 master craftsman´s certificate in Hanau (Staatliche Zeichenakademie)
2011 Bachelor of Arts in Gemstone and Jewellery Design in Idar-Oberstein
2014 Master of Arts in Gemstone and Jewellery Design in Idar-Oberstein

2008-09 teacher for goldsmithing in Hanau (Staatliche Zeichenakademie)
2012 and 2013 teaching assignments for goldsmithing and brooch back mechanisms in Idar-Oberstein
2014 workshops brooch back mechanisms in Alchimia School for Contemporary Jewellery, Florence
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December 8 to 12 – 2014

Tradition and Innovation: Filigree workshop

Is it possible to use a 5000 year old technique to make contemporary jewellery ?

Yes it is and Susanne Matschè is a fantastic teacher

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Susanne Matsché, pendant, silver, steel

 

As the dictionary tells us filigree is a delicate ornamental work of twisted gold, silver, or other wire and one of the oldest jewellery techniques and used in almost all jewellery traditions. Today it might be regarded as old-fashioned and just linked to cheap remakes of traditional pieces but in the right hands it can be of a magical beauty.

Susanne Matsché, www.susannematsche.com, Austrian, American, German jeweller, specialized in this very particular and in contemporary jewellery quite unusual technique has already given an insight in the art of filigree at Alchimia in June 2014.

It was a great success and students, some at their first arms in jewellery making, were able to realize an impressive number of pieces and samples in these five days.

June workshop Alchimia

June workshop Alchimia

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Susanne Matsché, pendant, silver

 

Dates of workshop: December 8 to December 12, five days, 30 hours

cost: € 700 + 22% VAT

workshop description:

In this workshop students will get an insight into the art of filigree. To create light, delicate pieces of jewelry, we will prepare decorative fine silver wires, make special solder alloy, and assemble wires in multiple layers.
The unusual technique of filigree is a fascinating process with its soft fine silver wire of an almost textile quality, the assembling of complex ornaments with glue on paper, the use of special tweezers and powdered solder. Over the course of the 5 days the students will have the opportunity to take the traditional technique further to develop a highly personal application out of these ancient methods…

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workshop June Alchimia

Susanne Matschè has been teaching workshops in this technique in schools and universities all over the world and her love for this particular kind of work is contributing to keep 5000 years of knowledge alive.

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Susanne Matsché. ring, silver

 

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Susanne Matsché. pendant, silver

 

for further information: info@alchimia.it

 

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Susanne Matsché. ring, silver

 

 

September 2014

Nunome Zogane: Antique Japanese Inlay Technique
Teacher: Elisa Deval
Date: 26-27-28 September
Cost: 400€+ VAT Tax

Creation of the base texture on metal using Mekiri-Tagane
Execution of a silver (or gold) inlay on the metal sheet based on ones individual design.
Polishing of the metal sheet with sand paper and stone.
Introduction to the use of the Rokusho coloring technique.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

 

October 2014

Creating Jewellery in Resin: Free Experimentation with Cast Epoxy Resin
Teacher: Yoko Shimizu
Date: 24-25-26 October
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax

In this course students will learn to work with epoxy resin and will be able to experience the multiple possibilities of this material. The focus of the course will be on the use of resin in combination with metal, the casting (silicon molds), the incorporation of diverse materials (paper, wood, colour, sand..) during the polimerization process,
the possibilities of surface effects and finishings

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

December 2014

Tradition and Innovation: Filigree workshop
Teacher: Susanne Matschè

Date: 8-9-10-11-12 December
Cost: 700€ + VAT Tax

In this workshop students will get an insight into the art of filigree. To create light, delicate pieces of jewelry, we will prepare decorative fine silver wires, make special solder alloy, and assemble wires in multiple layers.
The unusual technique of filigree is a fascinating process with its soft fine silver wire of an almost textile quality, the assembling of complex ornaments with glue on paper, the use of special tweezers and powdered solder. Over the course of the 5 days the students will have the opportunity to take the traditional technique further to develop a highly personal application out of these ancient methods…

Tools and materials are not included in the course fee and have to be provided by the students

 

January 2015

Pigments on Metal: Experimentation in Mixed Media
Teacher: Lucia Massei
Date: 9-10-11 January
cost: 400€ + VAT Tax

Introduction to colours/pigments and demonstration of various colouring techniques on metal:
hot acrylics, pigments and their application, resins, (mixed media), chemical thinners and adhesives. rolling mill stamping, flame gilding.
Realization of one or more coloured jewels using silver/copper/brass
Gold leaf , silver leaf, pigments, acrylics and non-precious metals
are supplied by the school.
Each student should bring his own personal tools.

 

Acrylic Glass: Methods for Application in Jewellery
Teacher: Marzia Rossi
Date: 23-24-25 January
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax

Introduction to the techniques of working with acrilyc glass:
sawing, mat polishing, shiny polishing, 
bending with heat, application of colour, joining with glue.
Realization of one or more jewels combining metal and acrilyc. 
This course is both for beginners 
and those who  have experience in jewelry making.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

 

March 2015

Creating Jewellery in Resin: Free Experimentation with Cast Epoxy Resin
Teacher: Yoko Shimizu
Date:13-14-15 March 2015
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax

In this course students will learn to work with epoxy resin and will be able to experience the multiple possibilities of this material. The focus of the course will be on the use of resin in combination with metal, the casting (silicon molds), the incorporation of diverse materials (paper, wood, colour, sand..) during the polimerization process,
the possibilities of surface effects and finishings

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

 

Pigments on Metal: Experimentation in Mixed Media
Teacher: Lucia Massei
Date: 20-21-22 March
cost: 400€ + VAT Tax

Introduction to colours/pigments and demonstration of various colouring techniques on metal:
hot acrylics, pigments and their application, resins, (mixed media), chemical thinners and adhesives. rolling mill stamping, flame gilding.
Realization of one or more coloured jewels using silver/copper/brass
Gold leaf , silver leaf, pigments, acrylics and non-precious metals
are supplied by the school.
Each student should bring his own personal tools.

 

Acrylic Glass: Methods for Application in Jewellery
Teacher: Marzia Rossi
Date: 27-28-29 March
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax

Introduction to the techniques of working with acrilyc glass:
sawing, mat polishing, shiny polishing, 
bending with heat, application of colour, joining with glue.
Realization of one or more jewels combining metal and acrilyc. 
This course is both for beginners 
and those who  have experience in jewelry making.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

 

May 2015

Acrylic Glass: Methods for Application in Jewellery
Teacher: Marzia Rossi
Date: 22-23-24 May
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax

Introduction to the techniques of working with acrilyc glass:
sawing, mat polishing, shiny polishing, 
bending with heat, application of colour, joining with glue.
Realization of one or more jewels combining metal and acrilyc. 
This course is both for beginners 
and those who  have experience in jewelry making.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weekend programme 2014/15 is starting, with one of our most particular and special courses.
In 2012 Elisa Deval started this course and since then has been teaching this ancient Japanese technique internationally.

Tsuba, Kyoto, late Edo period

We have two dates for now: 26-27-28 September 2014 and  10-11-12 July 2015

 

Nunome -Zogan is a traditional metalsmithing technique which draws its origin from China and is used in several Asian countries called in different ways.

In Japan the technique was used to decorate the Koshirae, the mount of the sword in its various component parts, such as the Tsuba, or for the decoration of accessories used by Samurai warriors, valuable boxes and precious hair ornaments for women.

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In the three days of the course the students will learn to prepare the base metal sheet with a Mekiri-Tagane. This particular engraving  tool produces the typical texture  neccessary for the application of the silver or gold inlay.

Elisa Deval, Iron, pure silver

After the application of the decoration the sheet will be thoroughly sanded and polished before the final colouring with the Rokusho technique.

Elisa Deval, Shakudo, pure gold

The metal used as a base will be Shibuichi and Shakudo, Japanese copper and silver alloys that allow very intense and particular colouring in order to emphasize the inlay.

The tools will be supplied for the duration of the course and can be bought on request. The Shibuichi or Shakudo sheets are included in the course price whereas the fine gold or the fine silver used for the inlay has to be provided by the participants.

Elisa Deval, the teacher of this course has studied  traditional Japanese metalsmithing techniques at the Hiko Mizuno College in Tokyo after her education with Manuel Vilhena and Manfred Bischoff at Alchimia.

Details on the course

duration: 20h
Friday  from 4p.m. to 8p.m.
Saturday  and Sunday from 9a.m. to 5p.m.

cost: 400 euro+22% VAT

Sungho Cho, Pomok Sannggam technique (Corea) silver and gold

Sungho Cho, Pomok Sannggam technique, Shibuichi, silver and gold

Elisa Deval, shibuichi, silver.

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Manola Belardinelli and Cica

Everything is ready, all components of the Alchimia Team are focused, full of energy and waiting for the start
of the school year 2014/15!!!!

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Lucia Massei

Doris Maninger

Doris Maninger

Ruudt Peters

Ruudt Peters

Peter Bauhuis

Peter Bauhuis

 

Nedda el Asmar

Nedda el Asmar

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Jorge Manilla

 

Giovanni Martinelli

Giovanni Martinelli

Paolo Bernardoni

Paolo Bernardoni

Orsetta Andreotti

Orsetta Andreotti

Marzia Rossi

Marzia Rossi

Daniela Boieri, Lavinia Rossetti

Daniela Boieri, Lavinia Rossetti

Riccardo Lami

Riccardo Lami

Francesca Ruffa

Francesca Ruffa

and FLORENCE

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PS. the photos of some teachers are missing but we will update you soon!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

As every year there are several prizes to be given to the Alchimia alumni.
This year there was a new one and we want to start there.

This prize, we can call it the METALFIN AWARD is sponsored by the company Metalfin S.r.l., Firenze
and consists in one kilo of pure silver. In this way the company wants to support the creative force of our students and also encourage the use of precious metals in contemporary jewellery.

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The prize was selected by Mrs Elisa Lo Monaco from Metalfin and Lucia Massei director of Alchimia

and THE WINNER IS…….

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Shenaz Erdal student of the first year. Congratulations Shenaz !!!!!!!!

But this was of course not the only prize that has been awarded and it is difficult to choose the ranking for all that has been going on in this last days of the school year 2013/14.

The Marzee Graduation Show.

As every year Marie Jose van der Hout, founder and director of Galerie Marzee was invited to our exhibition to choose the participants in the Marzee Grauation Show, which is a really unique event.  The pieces present in this exhibition is chosen amongst the grad work of the most important Universities in the world and being part of it is one of the desires of every student in contemporary jewelry.

and THE WINNERS ARE……..

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Carla Movia and

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Lilian Mattuschka.

 

Alchimia Award 2014

Every year Alchimia grants this prize, which consists in the acquisition of a piece of jewellery for the Alchimia collection to a student in his/her last year of education.

THE WINNER IS..

..lilian mattuschka

again Lilian Mattuschka. What a fantastic year for her…. congratulations!!!

 

The Alchimia “Second Year Award” – a 1 week special workshop offered by the school

AND THE WINNER IS…….

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Christina Schmid with her collection of “clouds”

 

The Alchimia “First Year Award” a weekend course offered by the school

AND THE WINNER IS……..

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Diana Panthea, in this photo together with Shenaz Erdal winner of the Metalfin Award.

Unfortunately not every student could win a prize, but we want to say that the overall quality of the work was excellent and we really need to thank and congratulate for having so many fantastic students.