Sustainability is a term that is often debated, especially with the prevalence of greenwashing, making it difficult for those in the industry to determine what is truly sustainable. However, the principles that underlie sustainability are becoming increasingly important for all of us, and they can also drive innovation and creativity in the jewellery industry. One jewellery designer has made sustainability a priority by incorporating sustainable practices and showcasing the maker’s process in her pieces. When customers purchase handmade items that are crafted with care and passion, it encourages them to be more mindful and counteracts the fast fashion culture. We are thrilled to have Sian Evans join us on this podcast episode as a skilled jewellery designer with a clear vision for sustainability and a unique style.
Sian Evans is a British Jewellery designer, from Dorset, living and working in London. She studied jewellery design, silversmithing and goldsmithing. For 13 years she was Senior Lecturer at BA Jewellery Design, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, She left UAL at the end of 2014 to pursue her design and creative practice. She also works as a jewellery design consultant and creates fashion, fine and bespoke jewellery.
Sian’s work is inspired by interests in archaeology, fashion, geology nature and sustainable technologies; the history of tools, materials and making has informed her collections since she started her creative practice in 1986. She has won many awards over the years and her work is in the V & A collection.
She was awarded a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust grand in 2022 to extend her study into stone carving and lapidary techniques pursuing learning into Intaglio and Cameo carving in hardstone.
The British Academy of Jewellery is a hub for technical excellence, creativity, and entrepreneurship. BAJ offers Higher and Further Education courses in London, Birmingham, Leicester, and Sheffield as well as short and online courses. With subjects ranging from jewellery manufacturing to business and marketing, BAJ offers practical, careers-focused teaching with personalised guidance from our expert tutors. BAJ also has strong links with the industry, serving employers and employees alike.