Students

Welcome to our student gallery where we proudly present our graduates’ work. Read about their accomplishments during and after the course and their successes in marketing and selling their work.

ABBI WHELAN

“Every human, within our nature has a morbid fascination, intrigue and curiosity. We are frightened, disgusted yet still, life and death has us all captivated in very different ways”.

 

Abbi Whelan has had an interest in death since childhood. The main source of inspiration for her collection Morbidly Curious being a medical human anatomy book, her pieces reflect this by using parts of the human anatomy in a bid to make the mind curious. Abbi uses the lost wax process to create texture and a lifelike appearance. To add variety to colour Abbi cast the pieces in both silver and brass, oxidising some pieces to make these areas stand out. The brass took on an iridescent effect as this surface had not been polished. Representing the twisting of the stomach and veins, and to add comfort to the heavy pieces, the castings are paired with woven rope and leather cord.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: September 2019

https://www.instagram.com/wolfhardsilver/

ALICE BERTAZZOLO

Alice Bertazzolo‘s collection By The Sea is a personal tribute to Sardinia – a beautiful island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea where she lived before moving to London. The collection seeks to recreate in jewellery form some of the features characteristic to the sea environment in order to capture and preserve them for eternity. Such features, rather than material objects, refer more to sensations, feelings and moods – those small details that could be perceived as insignificant but are the very elements that are missed the most. Alice has created pieces that afford the wearer the same sensations of fulfillment and ease that infuse her after a day spent by the sea. She has focused particularly on recreating fluidity, lightness and a sense of movement and has added pearls and abstract sea shell shapes in order to connect further with the concept.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: September 2019

Website: www.bealice.co.uk

HEATHER RAJARATNAM

Heather’s collection Tutela, which translates as ‘protection’ in Latin, was inspired by several visits to ancient forts which led her to think about why humans feel the need to build such huge imposing structures to protect themselves. Heather experimented with sharp and spiky pieces which she wanted to look like a form of armour. She was drawn to the shine of silver and the reflection and apparent movement on the surface of polished resin. These two elements combined together to realise the concept of ‘protection’ in a range of wearable contemporary jewellery.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: September 2019

https://www.instagram.com/heatherrajaratnamjewellery/

KIM MOXEY

Kim’s collection is inspired by movement and travel to different countries. Each sterling silver coin is a reminder of a visited place or reflects a desire to travel to that destination. Each casting, even of the same coin, is unique to represent distinctive and particular moments experienced in those countries. Castings are formed in various stages of completeness with some of the entire coin whereas others leave a chunk missing or are only missing the edges. This suggests a fulfilled travel experience, the yearning to return to the country or indicates unfinished business. Additionally, a spinning mechanism is incorporated into the design of each piece which serves to combine art and function – the physical spinning action keeping your fingers busy whilst allowing your mind to relax into a meditative state.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: September 2019

https://www.instagram.com/kimimoxey/

ANASTASIA VLACHOU

Anastasia’s graduation collection Parasites is an exploration of pearls as a parasite to oysters. Each pearl is interconnected to the oyster thus having a dependent relationship. Research led to the discovery of ground parasites with beautiful shapes and textures and this was the main source of inspiration for the collection. Pearls are combined with silver which was then oxidised to create a darkened effect to highlight the textures and shapes.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: September 2019

https://www.instagram.com/anastasia_vl_ch/

OLIVIA KELLY

Inspired by the twists and turns of Baroque ornamental filigree, Olivia’s collection of work expresses movement and fluidity.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: July 2018

https://www.instagram.com/oliviakellyjewellery/

EMILY JEFFERSON

Emily’s interest lies in juxtaposing something macabre with something beautiful. Inspired by growths and skin abnormalities she renders them in precious metals to be worn with pride and pleasure.  New works push the idea of distortion, creating work that has been inspired by warped images of the body underwater or through a filter.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: July 2018

Website www.emilyjeffersonjewellery.com

JACK JEFFERSON

Jack presents a mixed selection of pieces taken from two collections. The ‘Lava’ collection takes inspiration from the textures and movement of lava flows while pieces from the ‘Contrast’ collection explore different metals and colours on the same piece.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: July 2018

https://www.instagram.com/jack_jefferson_jewellery/

EKATERINA BRAVIN

I am passionate about all forms of art and believe that jewellery is one of them and can transmit a concept.  My first collection, Abandoned, is inspired by forsaken places, particularly industrial sites.

I am fascinated by the transformation of things – how they change by being exposed to various factors when they are left aside. I focus especially on the transformation of metal and how it reacts while exposed to organic and chemical factors.

My work is experimental and conceptual combined to traditional techniques. The materials are silver and copper mixed to unconventional elements like nails, screws, found objects, spray paint and Atlantic salt. In my project I modify metal by oxidising, heating, dying and enamelling.

My idea is that nothing stays the same – all changes and transforms and it’s an incredibly interesting process!

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: July 2017

https://www.instagram.com/eka_brav/

NEL HOLLAND

Nel’s work unites her background in textiles with her new journey into jewellery design. In this collection, she has juxtaposed materials from these two disciplines to create pieces with strong  metal form and structure, echoed by a soft, cushioning layer of wool felt.

With strong aesthetic appeal through considered material manipulation, shape, form and scale, her aim is to create simple, striking pieces that appeal to the eye, hand and soul.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: July 2017

https://www.instagram.com/nel.holland/

SONYA CHAUHAN

Sonya’s exploration of jewellery making is born from a curiosity about the polarities of strength and fragility, of density and void and, of absence and presence. Sonya’s first collection ‘All Burnt Out’ is inspired by the sudden act of combustion and the alchemical process of transforming matter.Intrigued by the changes wrought by fire, Sonya’s work is experimental and responsive to the techniques she explored, such as enamelling. The precious metals she uses for her jewellery are bonded with contrasting materials from bright leathers to enamel and pigments delicately laced with gold powder. Her jewellery boldly brings to life the beauty of the void and demonstrates a sensitive appreciation of the restoration of inner space.  It captures the beauty of what is left behind, of what emerges.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: July 2017

Website: www.sonyachauhan.co.uk

DEBORAH CROW

Deborah’s collection, War Without Tears, is inspired by the theme of ‘dispersal’ after she was moved by the tragic stories and suffering of refugees who have fled war in Syria and seek safety away from their homeland. An image of a child crawling under coils of razor wire formed the seed from which the collection grew.

Her pieces comment on the futility and cyclical nature of war as it progresses through consecutive generations. Toy soldiers are used as a metaphor for the lost childhoods of the youngest victims caught up in a conflict they cannot understand. Deborah is a fine artist using jewellery making to express her ideas.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: July 2016

Website: www.deborahcrow.com

SALLY VANDERPUMP

“The clouds methought would open, and show riches / Ready to drop upon me”, Caliban, The Tempest, Act 3, scene 2.

 

Hours spent staring at the heavens inspired Sally to explore artistic representations of dramatic skies. For her collection Radiance she experimented with techniques to create cloudy forms, all with paintbrush strokes in mind. Pendants and earrings are made by casting molten silver into ice, salt and chickpeas. Rings are carved in wax and cast in silver, some plated with gold. With a background in the theatre, Sally’s latest collection, For Daws to Peck At, was inspired by the language of Shakespeare.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: July 2016

Website: www.sallyvanderpump.com

JO BAKER

Jo’s collection pays homage to American minimalist and land artist Robert Smithson. Drawing on his landscape-scale sculptures of poured asphalt and mirrors, geology and crystals, she explores the technique of pouring molten silver onto wire rings, frames and stones. The pieces exploit serendipity and chaos. Most are one-offs never to be repeated. They reveal silver’s fluid character. Jo’s background is in physics and astronomy and writing; she works as an editor on a science magazine. But she yearns to explore the nature of materials creatively.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: July 2016

Website: www.jobaker.design

KIMBERLEY ELLISON

The Last Spill depicts a world where humanity faces its cruelties, opening the fragile interior of what was once a strong world. Floating between the black sea and the black sky, ice pockets of ancient air stand still.

The Alkonost, a bird once full of life and passion but extinct since The Last Spill of 2011, is resurrected in these gallery pieces of 2316. These glacial excavations give a glimpse into past mistakes: beautiful creatures destroyed by a dark world. How careless of humans to destroy something so magnificent.

Kimberley is an eco-conscious artist who tries to bring light to environmental issues through sculptural jewellery.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: July 2016

Website: www.thealkonost.co.uk

CHARLOTTE REICHWALD

Charlotte has always been interested in how jewellery can give the wearer a strong sense of identity and empowerment. Elevating simple everyday line, form and object into bold, distinct pieces inspires her designs, each with a nod to playfulness. The pieces in the collection, Dance, focus on movement.

Each piece has an element that slides, spins or flips with the motion of the wearer, giving them a life of their own. The aim is that the pieces are inherently tactile. The works are made of mixed metals: silver, gold and brass.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: July 2016

Website: www.reichwaldjewellery.com

SIMONE BREWSTER

Her collections explore ‘intimate architectures’ – creating objects and spaces that utilise architectural principals throughout.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: March 2015

Website: www.simonebrewster.co.uk

JOANNE YELDHAM

The sharp angles, shapes and lines that can be found in architecture are trademarks of Joanne’s collection. She enjoys manipulating solid materials, scoring and folding solid metal to form unexpected outcomes.

While predominantly working in silver, Joanne likes to mix materials and finishes to add another dimension to her pieces. She has used wood veneers, gold and oxidisation techniques in this collection. Joanne has a degree in Interior Design and Environmental Architecture. She has also studied 3D design, specialising in product design.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: March 2015

Website: www.joanneyeldham.com

MEGAN COLLINS

Bringing natural form into modern life is a characteristic of Megan’s work. Her collection echoes the repetitive circular shapes of succulent plants widely found in her native Southern Africa. Clean geometry, and the combination of silver, brass and textile, creates a sharp, contemporary visual.

Megan has a degree in Fine Art from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth and a background in fashion design. She currently teaches Design and Art at the International School of London.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: March 2015

Website: www.megancollinsjewellery.com

MARIAN RIPOLL VAQUER

Marian has used her hands to make things since she was a child growing up in Mallorca. Her love of design and experimenting with new ideas led her to study architecture in her native Spain, a discipline she has been practising in London for the last ten years.

Marian’s collection is testament to her interest in creating space. It contains jewellery that has life beyond simply sitting on the surface of the skin. It also forms individual spaces of light and shadow around our bodies.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: March 2015

Website: www.marianripoll.com

VIVEKA ALVESTRAND

Fluid, organic shapes are defining characteristics of Swedish born designer-maker Viveka’s jewellery. Wavelife, her debut collection of rings and bracelets, is a love song to a Scandinavian childhood spent by the sea.

Her pieces can be worn on their own or as an ensemble and seek to distil the essence of waves that are always in motion and forever remaking themselves. A graduate of Goldsmiths College in London, Viveka has spent most of her career in digital media.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing

Graduated: March 2015

Website: www.vivekaalvestrand.com