Weekend course on Brooches

with Daniela Malev

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

cost: €350 + 22%VAT

for information and enrolment: info@alchimia.it and www.alchimia.it

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The infinite possibilities of fastening  is the theme of this workshop.
The importance of the needle, one of the oldest ways to drape fabric around the body – THE FIBULA – forerunner of todays brooch, will be the starting point of technical reflections around appropriate solutions for the backside of brooches.
Every brooch needs its own way of fastening, this workshop will give students the tools to invent their own fastening in accordance with the concept and the materials used in the piece itself.

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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.

pic workshop brooching techniques

In the workshop students make excercises to different needle techniques and ways of thinking about what a needle can be and how it can be solved.


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Participants should bring different materials and fragments which you would like to turn into a 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



  1. Liebe Doris, finde ich prima, dass Ihr auch solche Kurse anbietet. Wie oft ist eine Brosche schön, aber letztendlich nur mit schlechtem Gewissen zu verkaufen, weil die Broschierung nicht funktioniert. Dir ein schönes Wochenende, hoffentlich besser als in München, wo sich jetzt der November von seiner grauen, regnerischen Seite zeigt.
    Liebe Grüße Marianne
    P.S. auf meiner web sind ein paar Fotos von der Ausstellung in Padua

    • Danke Marianne, Hat uns sehr leid getan wir konnten leider nicht zu deiner Ausstellung kommen. Haben aber viele schöne Bilder gesehen!

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