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Dates: 25 to 29 July 2016
30 hours
Cost: 700 euro + 22% VAT
Deadline for enrollment: June 20, 2016

Due to popular demand and success, Alchimia offers again a workshop on filigree from July 25 to 29 2016, with Susanne Matsché (www.susannematsche.com), an Austrian-American-German jeweller, specialized in this very particular method adapted to contemporary jewelry.

Take some time, just like this ancient technique requires, to carefully read Susanne’s account over her encounter with filigree, and the richness of its possible creative uses, in contemporary jewelry and beyond.

* When I went studying to Moscow as a young exchange student from Vienna (previously I had studied design for 2 years), I came across filigree which was hugely popular in the jewelry department there, and at first it seemed oddly exotic…but a good teacher managed to draw my attention to the magic of it. He taught me its secrets and I dived into the world of silver ornaments – one year of intense technical training. When I came back to Austria I experienced a cultural shock, and the pieces I had made were shocking for the department (not their style at all)! It took me a while, but after creating a few special pieces, I processed this clash. 

Ever since, filigree has played an important role in my works. Up to this day I am directly or indirectly influenced by this experience. Handing on my knowledge in the filigree workshops I teach, and introducing the technique to students of contemporary jewelry, is so interesting because I can perceive the wide variety of approaches to this ancient technique and the amazing different paths on which the students are taking the fine wires.

* The fine silver wire with which we work in the workshops is very soft, it has an almost textile quality, suggesting associations with techniques usually untypical for metalwork, like stitching, weaving, binding, wrapping…

Due to its softness the wire/the fine silver elements can also be used in a very organic way, as if the parts of the piece of jewelry were growing and flowing. Sometimes I see a vine and I think of various wires winding around the rigid structure of the fence…

* I find it intriguing to start out from a thin plain wire, like a first line in a sketch, and to first build a two dimensional surface from there, then moving on to the third dimension. Working with filigree is also about the excitement of working up all the elements from scratch (even the special solder) into a delicate, three-dimensional piece, which is a great source of inspiration for the students’ work and an opportunity for them to integrate this knowledge into their own previously acquired set of skills.
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* In contemporary jewelry there is an overall tendency to create large, sculptural pieces. Working with this fine technique is definitely a challenge, because one’s attention gets drawn to the detail. A colleague of mine, who had never seen my work in real life, was amazed to find that some of the pieces he had seen in pictures were actually smaller than he had thought. The intricacy of this technique and the effort and time it takes to create large surfaces, can be an interesting motivation to “think smaller” (and this doesn’t necessarily have to always refer to the physical size of the piece).
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* The roots of the filigree technique in jewelry lie in ancient mediterranean cultures (the Phoenician, Etruscan and Greek Empires). With the rise of the Constantine Empire in the first millennium BC, the technique was introduced to Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. Filigree was, and still is, used in many parts of Latin America (as introduced by the colonial powers) and the Oriental world (from Northern Africa all the way to the Arab peninsula) as well as Asia. Filigree was also practiced throughout Europe (from Portugal, Spain and Italy, through the Alpine regions, all the way to Scandinavia, the Baltic states and the Balkans). In many parts of central and Western Europe today however, the technique is barely used anymore. The high cost of labour made it hard to produce and its distinctive style became generally unpopular in mainstream jewelry in Europe during the 20th century. 

Since ancient times the challenge of this technique was “to use minimal amount of precious metal to create an object of maximum size” (Oppi Untracht, “Traditional Jewelry of India”) and it remains an interesting challenge for today’s young jewelers and a sure source of inspiration!

*Among the things I always find inspiring is to look at traditional pieces and costumes from all around the world. Often they involve filigree. It is not only inspiring to study the actual pieces, but also the context and the way they were worn. One of my favorite examples is the national costume of Zeeland (a region in the Netherlands) where women wear the most amazing headgears.

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* In today’s world full of efficiency and simplifications, it can be rewarding to take some time for a closer look at such an ancient and intricate technique, which is so slow and so loaded with ornaments. I find that taking this step “backward”, can lead to unexpected steps forward/sidewards/inwards,… or it can lead to an in-depth examination of the present (work), with its underlying ideas and approaches.

* The word “filigree” is often used not only in relation to jewelry, but in general to poetically describe something fine, light, fragile and delicate, regardless of the dimensions. Many things, from sugar decoration for cakes to the work of the ingenious engineer Gustave Eiffel are all associated with “filigree.” When entering the German word “filigran” into an internet search engine, apart form jewelry one finds entries about insects, botany, tattoos, even construction of concrete bridges. No matter what size, “filigree/filigran” is a fascinating principle dealing with the use of the structure’s lightness to create space. Therefore, I believe that inspiration for fine pieces can be found anywhere, on the streets, in a hardware store, on a map, in a forest…

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December 2015

Exploring pigments and gold leaf on metal surfaces

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Teacher: Lucia Massei

Date: 4-5-6 December 2015
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.

Preview jewellery making experience is required.

 

November 2015

Transparent Jewels: Working with Plexiglass, colors and resins

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Teacher: Marzia Rossi

Date: 13-14-15 November 2015
Cost: 350 € + VAT Tax

Plexiglass is the most transparent material that you can find, it’s easy to buy it opaque and in different colors, but in this course we start from its extraordinary, amazing transparency. We will experiment different ways to treat the surface, drawing, dig, obtain a volume, cut, bend a shape. We will apply color in shades and strong lines.

The first part starts with a short presentation of materials in use during the course (Plexiglass, resin glues, colors) with characteristics and main differences.

The course continues by cutting many shapes in different thicknesses, sperimenting surface treatments; create texture or drawings, impress decorative elements by heating, apply colors. Create volumes by gluing several layers or bending by heat a shape, incorporate resin or metal elements, experiment with resin and Plaxiglass the process of bending a shape by heat.

Choose at the end one or more try outs and transforme them in a piece of jewel.

This course is for both beginners and those who already have experience in jewellery making.

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

 

Creating Jewellery in Resin: Free Experimentation with Cast Epoxy Resin

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Teacher: Yoko Shimizu

Date: 6-7-8 November 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

Nunome Zogane: Antique Japanese Inlay Technique

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Teacher: Elisa Deval

Date: 13-14-15 November 2015
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

Creating Jewellery in Resin: Free Experimentation with Cast Epoxy Resin

 

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Teacher: Yoko Shimizu

Date: 6-7-8 November 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

 

 

Nunome Zogane: Antique Japanese Inlay Technique

 

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Teacher: Elisa Deval

Date: 13-14-15 November 2015
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Yoko Shimizu, necklace, resin, silver

Yoko Shimizu, necklace, resin, silver

 

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

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Lucia Massei, bracelet

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

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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

For information and enrolment contact: info@alchimia.it

 

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


Textile Techniques in Metal: Magic Wires for Jewellery
teacher: Doris Maninger
Date: 30January to 1st February
Cost: 350€+ VAT Tax

How to create jewellery with metal wire, an amazing world of possibilities.
From the creation of 3D forms with interlaced wire, to the wonders that can be done with just a crochet hook
Doris Maninger will guide into the world of never ending wire.

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

April 2015

Laces are not only for little girls: antique embroidery techniques for jewellery
Teacher: Doris Maninger
Date: 17-18-19 April
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax

In this workshop taught by a sawing fanatic, students will learn to handle needle and thread, will experience the suspension of time stimulated by the repetition of a simple act and will give over thinking to their hands.
Needle and yarn, as old as mankind, antique embroidery techniques to make absolutely unique jewellery.

 

May 2015

Nunome Zogane: Antique Japanese Inlay Technique
Teacher: Elisa Deval
Date: 8-9-10 May
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


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yoko Shimizu, Earings, resin, silver

Yoko Shimizu, Earings, resin, silver

 

Experimenting in Resin with Yoko Shimizu

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.

Date of the course:  24-25-26 October 2014 (15 hours)

Duration: 15h,
Friday: from 5p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: from 10a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Yoko Shimizu, necklace, resin, silver

Yoko Shimizu, necklace, resin, silver

In questo corso gli studenti conosceranno la resina epossidica e potranno sperimentare le molteplici possibilità d’uso di questo materiale. Il corso sarà focalizzato sull’utilizzo della resina in combinazione con il metallo. Si userà la resina in colata ( casting)  con stampi in silicone, e si vedrà come incorporare diversi materiali (carta, legno, colori, sabbia ..) durante il processo di polimerizzazione.
Alla fine si lavorerà sulle varie possibilità di effetti di superficie e finiture.

 

 

 


Yoko Shimizu, nata a Tokyo, è insegnante di Alchimia da diversi anni. Si è specializzata nel gioiello in resina ed espone in gallerie in tutto il mondo, i suoi lavori si trovanno in diverse collezioni museali.
Vive e lavora a Firenze: www.yokoshimizu.it

Yoko Shimizu, born in Tokyo, is teaching at Alchimia since many years. She is specialized in resin jewelry and exhibitis in galleries worldwide, her work can be found in diverse museum collections.
Lives and works in Florence: www.yokoshimizu.it

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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