Alchimia Guest Workshop: Estela Saez

“To make things themselves is not difficult.  Rather putting us in the condition to create and finding the right state of mind is the difficulty.”

Daily life; Jewellery connection is the title of this 2 weeks workshop in Florence – linking our work to daily situations while we define our creative process –  analysis – criticism and the awareness of why do we make jewellery.

Indeed the pieces we make are what acknowledge us as jewellers, our character and interests; everything counts and dictates the authenticity of each maker. It is vital that we begin questioning why we perform it early on. How does our work question, reflect upon and connect with the circumstances we live in? What do we make? Why? For who do we make?

The independent jewellery scenario is growing exponentially, yet the world at large barely knows that we exist.  It is essential for the survival of our discipline to connect our practice to the society  we live in, while embracing critical discourse and applying it to the work we produce.

I propose this workshop with the aim to expand and gain new perspectives in the working process. We will relate our personal universe, thoughts and concerns towards daily life and the jewellery we make. Create a bridge between the studio and the outside world, while connecting our work to society. Working from the inside to the outside and the other way around. We will experiment how society can function as a mirror in order to understand the work we produce better as well as to find the optimum space to generate something unique and original; avoiding to become narrow-minded in our thinking and making.

For the success of the workshop and to accomplish its objectives, it is of utmost importance that participants are willing to challenge themselves by and open predisposition and sincere self-critic.

Place: Alchimia Jewellery School, Florence

Dates: from 6th to 17th August 2012

Duration of the course: 2 weeks (80h. aprox.)

Price: 900€  (15% discount for students)

Number of Students: 12

Language: English, Spanish and a bit of German.


Who is Estela Saez – a short Bio

Estela Saez Vilanova
Girona 1977 (Spain)
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I studied jewellery at Massana School, Barcelona in 2001 and  received the Massana Prize.
I moved to Amsterdam in 2005 to become an assistant of Professor Ruudt Peters for 2 years, developing at the same time my own projects. I graduated as a Master of Arts at the University of Trier, Germany and was the winner of the Talente Prize for young designers 2006 in Munich.

Besides my work as a jeweller I have  been invited as a guest teacher and lecturer worldwide.
From time to time I participate and organize jewelry-related events, seminars and cross-disciplinary projects to promote critical thinking in the field. After 2 years of investigation my Master Thesis is partially based upon the analysis of how to connect the inside-jewellery-circuit within the outside and the society we live in.

I exhibit my works since 1996 in Galleries and Museums around the world.

I have received various Incentive Grants to promote and develop my personal work. My jewellery has been published in magazines, catalogues and specialized books dealing with jewellery and related disciplines.

Since 2005, I live and work in Amsterdam.


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