MODERN  VENUS  GRADUATE  COLLECTION

Jewellery is not just aesthetics. My objective is to address important social, moral, and even political issues happening around the world and design jewellery with strong visual impact, that people could relate to. 

This collection aims to promote inclusivity, highlighting the beauty of diversity and individuality within one’s body shape and skin tone.
Materials celebrate colour through the use of different tones: silver, gold, oxidised silver, 18 ct Red Gold, etc.


The use of Japanese Mokume-gane technique of blending and laminating different metal alloys to create marbled surfaces, illustrates the beauty of skin imperfections. 

The hanger motif symbolises the rejection of  society’s image of the “ideal woman” and instead offers the wider spectrum representing the female form: body parts with diverse proportions, including lumps, bumps, stretch marks. 

Tracing metals back to their natural source is becoming more pertinent to the industry. Sustainability is a feminist issue. The women at the beginning of the jewellery supply chain are often the victims of abuse, unfair pay and discrimination. I am committed to using recycled materials in my collection, from silver scrap collected through time, to the aim of reclaiming family heirlooms.

My collection promotes female empowerment and is destined to be worn by strong personalities determined to inspire others. 

It advocates inclusivity, equality and diversity, all the way from the materials used to the final design, creating  bold ready to wear fashion statements.
 

Each piece of this collection is made using press-forming technique. The limb shapes are press-formed using 0.4 mm thick metal, and soldered together or riveted at the back. This technique is used in order for the pieces to be light.

The hanger shapes present in some of the designs are fabricated by hand from 1mm round wire.

The metals used would differ according to the budget available, ranging from recycled 9 ct yellow gold, to recycled 18 ct rose gold and even less expensive metals such as copper and brass, that could be plated.

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TECHNICAL DETAILS

                                                 MAKING & PROTOTYPING

Below you can see the making process behind my pieces, from examples of the Japanese Mokume-gane technique, to press-formed metal prototypes of some of my limb shapes, and riveting processes for my pieces, all made before COVID19 Workshop closure before 13th of March 2020.

                                                                         FINAL PIECE

The piece below is the only one I got to make reality before the  workshop closure on 13th of March 2020. The shapes are press-formed into  0.4 mm silver sheet, therefore hollow inside, to ensure lightness for the wearer. You can also see the inclusion of the Japanese Mokume-gane technique of laminating different metals to create a marbled effect using copper and silver. 

Measurements: 75 x 20 mm 

                                                   VIRTUAL DEGREE  SHOWCASE

Due to COVID19, I didn't get the chance to make my collection reality nor to have an exhibition and so I digitally designed what I would have liked my final collection to look like on display. 

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