Two Sides – One Story

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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