Wendy & DavidKeynote speakers were Wendy Ramshaw and David Watkins.

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Wendy & DavidWendy and David in conversation about the crossovers throughout both their long careers and why there have been only three collaborations in this time.





SOFIA BJORKMAN:  Jewellery Whispers

When working with jewellery, it is one question that is always present; What is jewellery?   During the years I have been working,  I have tried to find an answer. By now I have a long list of what jewellery is. I will talk about the list, my work at gallery Platina and my work as a jewellery artist.

CV:  Sofia Björkman works as a jewellery artist and runs Gallery Platina in Stockholm. Sofia has a genuine interest for jewellery and what jewellery means to people. It is of importance that she is both a maker and a curator, to understand jewellery from idea to customer. 

MICHAEL BRENNAND-WOOD:    Random Precision

A defining characteristic of my practice is the conceptual synthesis of contemporary and historical sources. I have persistently worked within contested areas of textile practice, embroidery, pattern, lace and recently floral imagery. ‘Random Precision’ will focus on selected key themes mapping the development of my work, including exhibition, commission and public art projects.

CV: Michael Brennand-Wood has work in private and public collections world wide, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and National Gallery of Australia. Recent exhibitions include ‘Pricked-Extreme Embroidery' MAD, New York; ‘Vase Attacks’ Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco and ‘Pretty Deadly’ Naughton Gallery, Belfast.      

SUSAN CROSS : jewellery / textile/ travel - an exploration of dialogues between different craft disciplines and cultures                                             

This paper explores cross-overs between three distinct areas that inform Susan Cross’s practise as a jeweller: metal, textile and travel. Key stages of Cross’s creative development from 1986 -2005 highlighted with a  focus on Interface, a textile exhibition that Cross curated and participated in. Alongside examining the work of the five selected textile artists Cross will discuss the collection of jewellery that was made specifically for the exhibition. Conclusions will be drawn on the impact the exhibition has had on work made between 2005- 2010.

CV: Susan Cross studied at Herefordshire College of Art & Design followed by Middlesex Polytechnic, London, graduating in 1986.  Susan has paralleled her practise with teaching and re-located to Edinburgh in 1989  as lecturer on the Jewellery & Silversmithing course at Edinburgh College of Art.      

DR SHARON-MICHI KUSUNOKI  : Edward James & the Surrealists                                                

Setting the context of the Edward James Foundation at West Dean College.

CV: Sharon-Michi Kusunoki is the Head of Gallery, Archives, House and Collections.  Dr Kusunoki has contributed to several international publications and has lectured and written extensively on Edward James and surrealism.  She was curator ofthe highly acclaimed exhibition, A Surreal Life, Edward James at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (1998) and has also curated exhibitions on British Surrealism, Lee Miller, Man Ray and Ana Maria Pacheco. 

BRIDIE LANDER: 'By Example' an international exhibition of Australian contemporary jewellery

‘Crossings’ is an opportunity to look at the cultural, geographic & technological influences that inform some of these practitioners’ works, and examining how Australia’s European heritage may or may not be responding to its Australasian context.

CV: Bridie Lander spent several years as an artist and academic in Australia where latterly she was Coordinator of the Jewellery and Object Studio at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Currently a Senior Lecturer at the Birmingham School of Jewellery, her personal research interests revolve around issues of the handmade and the digital. Her most recent project was the co-curation of “By Example” – a significant exhibition of contemporary Australian jewellery shown at the Itami Cultural Foundation, Itami, Japan.

MARIA MILITSI: the House of Elias T

The House of Elias T.  is a collection basedon an abandoned House in the Greek island of Samos. Elias T. used to live there for almost a century. Discarded items remained at this place at least for a decade after his death only to be discovered by the current owners. Elias T. and his humble possessions became a body of work that is still ongoing and not resolved yet.

CV:MariaMilitsi was born in Thessaloniki, Greece where she studied jewellery in the vocational training centre "Mokume" and worked as a jeweller for ten years until she came to London in 2003 to study at Middlesex University. In 2008 she completed an MA (GSM&J) at the Royal College of Art. Currently she lives and works as a jeweller in London

COILIN O DUBHGHAILL : Irogane, a search for reliability between craft & science    

A three year project focusing on Japanese alloys and patination, and the effect that this research has had on the craft practice and scientific practice of the researchers involved. The research project is hosted by the Art and Design Research Centre, and the Materials and Engineering Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University

CV: Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill is a silversmith based in Sheffield. Coilin graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1996 and subsequently worked in industry as a designer.  He studied at Tokyo Geidai from 1999, receiving a doctorate in 2005 and was appointed Senior Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University in 2007.

PHILLIP RENATO & COURTNEY STARRETT : Remote resources, a contemporary collaboration & production in a post-studio age                            

The latter half of the twentieth century supported an almost universal flattening of the methods, materials, formats, and markets of jewelers and jewelry. The Internet has provided a novel medium of artistic exchange; it has enabled dynamic communication between unlikely conversants at an unprecedented volume. How and has the jeweler's practice been leveraging computation and its provisional, instant, weightless work files?  

CV : Phil Renato is the founding chair of the Allesee Metals/ Jewelry Design program at Kendall College of Art and Design (USA). His research and teaching focuses on design, contemporary production methods, and the history and context of our field. His flatware was featured on the cover of Metalsmith magazine, to which he has contributed a number of articles. He lives and works in Grand Rapids, MI - USA.

Courtney Starrett is Assistant Professor of Metals/ Jewelry at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina USA. She creates objects of adornment utilizing silicone rubber and digital technologies in combination with traditional craft techniques. Her work has been exhibited across the United States, featured on the cover of Metalsmith magazine, and is in a permanent interactive collection at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Oregon, USA.

PETER TAYLOR  : the Goldsmiths Centre                                                              

In line with the ‘convergence’ theme of the conference, this presentation will explain the ethos behind the ‘Goldsmiths’ Centre’ and provide an illustrated overview of the £17.5M re-development of the Eagle Court site in Clerkenwell, London. The Goldsmiths’ Centre is the largest project funded by the Goldsmiths’ Company in its 700 year history.

CV: Peter Taylor has been the Director of Technology & Training at The Goldsmiths' Company, for nine years. His department is responsible for delivering a wide range of support for the craft and industry  including traditional apprenticeships; grants, bursaries and awards for undergraduates;  industry research, technical support, publications and events. The Goldsmiths’ Centre will open in October 2011 with Peter as its first Director.

JESSICA TURRELL : at the interface - observations on the relationship between personal practice and practice-led research                                                           

In the context of my research project Innovation in Vitreous Enamel Surfaces for Jewellery, this paper will consider the relationship between individual studio practice and formal practice-led research. It will discuss the part that research plays in stimulating exchange, debate and the development of new ideas and the impact this might have on personal practice and the wider jewellery community.

CV : Jessica’s studio practice includes the production of both jewellery and larger scale enamel work for exhibition. In 2007 Jessica was awarded a three-year Research Fellowship by theArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). This project is based at the Enamel Research unit of the University of the West of England, Bristol.

TRISH WOODS  : crossing boundaries - the integration of cratft, science and industry through a collaborative project into the colouration of pewter applied to contemporary jewellery design 

As part of a PhD research project the author collaborated with the science community and industry to  develop new processes  for  colouring pewter. The presentation discusses the value of collaboration to craft and contemporary jewellery practice and the positive discourse that can exist between industry, external agencies and the craft practitioner.

CV :Trish Woods studied Jewellery and Silversmithing at Loughborough University and is currently a full-time lecturer in Three Dimensional Design at South Devon College. She is engaged in PhD research into the colouration of Pewter and has presented numerous papers on the subject. She continues to exhibit her work as a designer.  

ROBERTA BERNABEI:   An exploration of the consequences on nationhood and cultural expectations on the diffusion & development of contemporary jewellery in Europe.      

The paper explores the cultural and nation-specific dynamics that have either slowed or accelerated the diffusion of contemporary jewellery within Europe; including the consequences of religious beliefs, social and cultural practices, climate, availability of materials and the emergence of schools of thought. 

CV: Roberta Bernabei lectures at Loughborough University and has also exhibited her jewellery throughout Europe since 1989, with current practice centring on uniting digital technologies and traditional goldsmith techniques.
RobertaBernabei’s book ‘Contemporary Jewellers: Interviews with European Artists’ is due for publication by Berg in 2010, and explores the practices of 25 of Europe’s leading contemporary jewellers.