This course is an introduction to jewellery and accessory making, including basic metal working and garment construction techniques. You will learn to design and complete wearable works, creating pendants, neckpieces, earrings or bangles or applying the techniques to garment fixings such as clasps and buttons. You will become familiar with the foundational hand working techniques of jewellery design while exploring how different types of hand sewing, garment construction and other multi-disciplinary techniques and materials can be applied to creating distinctive and unique metal pieces.
This course is ideal for beginners who are interested in making metal jewellery, garment fixings and accessories.
This course is delivered in the newly renovated fabrication workshop at the School of Fashion and Textiles, Brunswick Campus. For health & safety reasons, students need to wear closed toe shoes, no thongs or sandals and long hair is to be tied back and no long necklaces or scarves worn during class.
If you are travelling from out of state it is highly recommended that you wait for your course confirmation letter before booking any flights.
You will make at least one piece of work eg. pendant, clasp, neckpiece, garment fixing, earrings or bangles and more depending on ability and the nature of the piece.
You will have learned foundational handworking jewellery skills that can be replicated in a home set-up using simple hand tools, so that you can continue your jewellery practice after the course.
Students work with copper sheet, mesh & wire, which are included in the course fee. Should students prefer to work in silver this must be provided at their own cost, supplier details will be provided.
A full list of materials will be emailed on course confirmation.
Participants will be emailed an RMIT Statement of Participation on completion of the course.
Pennie is an accomplished Melbourne based contemporary jeweller who recently completed a Masters in Art at RMIT, titled: ‘Remains to be seen, worn and heard: an inquiry into anthropogenic debris investigated through contemporary jewellery objects’. Her ongoing research investigates the objects we use & discard, and the environmental consequences of unsustainable practices. Her masters body of work was constructed entirely from anthropogenic debris collected from beaches and coastal environs across Victoria, New South Wales & the Pilbara. Pennie was a finalist in the 2017 Victorian Craft Award, and recently selected for a residency with Form Gallery in Western Australia, which enabled her to visit the Pilbara between 2014-16.
Her works have been exhibited nationally at selected Craft and Design galleries, as well as showing in alternative art spaces. Pennie is a short course tutor in the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT, as well as a guest lecturer in the School of Art.