Jewellery: Crafting Narratives from Image to Object

When and Where

2 May 2020 - 16 May 2020 (15 hours, 3 weeks)
Days and times
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

Donna Brennan
Course code

What you will learn

Work through both technical and conceptual possibilities to explore image as a 3D object in your work. We will explore how you can craft narrative and concept from a 2D image into a 3D object while following the theme of Past, Present, Place and Person.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Work confidently with images and a variety of materials and found objects to produce a finished piece of jewellery or small object
  • Explore and develop a design that takes inspiration from 'Past, Present, Place & Person', through the art of assemblage.
  • Work through both technical and conceptual possibilities to explore image as a 3D object in your work.
  • Develop your own personal aesthetic

Class format and activities

Jewellery, weighted with attachments and meanings, forms a record of time, place, memory & relationships. You will start by working from images you have chosen to bring which relate to the theme of 'Past, Present, Place and Person’.
Following a brief presentation and group discussion exploring the story behind the images you have chosen, you will create a collage, mood board or diorama with your images as a starting point. Only bring copies of images with which you can cut and paste.
To further extend the power of your own imagination, you will be fracturing the narrative to determine an alternative narrative, with an analysis of how this outcome is determined from a personal perspective. You might like to make it somewhat autobiographical by putting yourself in the picture, or you could explore the role a particular person has played in your story. Open your mind, be creative and playful, and use the materials and images you bring with you to expand your story as a starting point for your 3D end piece that illustrates or represents moments from your story in some way.
Once your narrative has been determined, we will move on to crafting it in 3D form, utilising an image with an assemblage of objects, stones or ready mades to convey meaning. You can be as playful, and obscure as you like. It does not have to be a literal representation! You will be assisted in using various techniques by the tutor, who will show you examples of how other jewellers have combined images and components in creative ways, not necessarily by conventional means!
This will be a class that treats jewellery as art, and although some traditional jewellery-making skills will be taught, you may well end up creating a piece made entirely from ready-mades, or attach your precious components with bound wire!

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

This is an intermediate or advanced level course.
For those who have taken a related course or have some existing skills. The focus is on further developing and building of skills working towards independent practice.
At least a basic knowledge of soldering, piercing and metal working is required, the more skills you have the more you will get out of the course. You will be expected to do some independent working alongside tuition.

What you need to know before you enrol

The jewellery studio is on the 3rd floor of the main building, there is lift access. You need a moderate level of fitness to be able to use jewellery equipment. Some chemicals used may be harmful in pregnancy. Please let the tutor know if you are pregnant and they will advise you as to necessary precautions.

What you will need for your class

All tools needed to take part in the course are available in the workshop. We also provide basic materials in reasonable quantities, such as base metals, paper, acrylics, enamel etc.

Please bring along any images which relate to, or illustrate Past, Present, Place and Person, as well as found objects/ready-mades/stones relating to each of these themes.

There are some items you will need to purchase yourself such as precious metals (silver and gold), stones, saw blades and specific sized drill bits. Your tutor will help you assess your metal requirements for each project and provide a list of suppliers.

It would also be helpful to bring:
· Any silver or gold sheet, wire and chain that you already have..
· Suitable workshop clothing, a hairband if you have long hair, and an apron or old shirt.
· Any scraps, oddments or found objects you may find of interest.
· Any ribbon, ropes, string. Needle and thread if you have them.
· A sketch book/note book, pen, pencil, watercolours, charcoal. Whatever you like to work with.
· Any stones/beads, old discarded items which bear meaning for you, old carved pieces of wood, broken ceramics, lost earrings and rings, unusual stones, old fragments, which relate to the theme of Past, Present, Place & Person.
· Old prints, images or etchings you are able to cut up and use,which relate to the theme of Past, Present, Place & Person. Images of places of interest or meaningful landscapes.

Though we may not use all of the above, the more you have access to, the more creative you can be!
Some extra materials will be available from the tutor, including some inspirational materials and found objects and some rope and strings.

What you can do next

A mixed level or intermediate course in jewellery making at Morley College
A specialised short or weekend course in jewellery making at Morley College