a ring is a ring is a ring student interview - Alise Kennedy | BAJ

a ring is a ring is a ring student interview – Alise Kennedy

a ring is a ring is a ring student interview – Alise Kennedy

a ring is a ring is a ring showcases the work of a year-long collaboration between students of three leading European Jewellery Schools: Alchimia: Contemporary Jewellery School, Florence, Italy, Hochschule Trier, Idar Oberstein, Germany and British Academy of Jewellery, London & Birmingham, UK. In this series, we interview the students who participated in the project.

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Can you tell us a little more about the piece you have on display in the show?

My piece is entitled ‘Tipping Point’ – I wanted to convey the feeling of instability and balancing on a tiny point with the sphere of adding to the precarious feeling. I made the surfaces of the silver sheet highly polished, so the reflections added to the sense of imminent movement. I enjoyed the precision needed to make the geometric shapes clean and even, and soldering quite large hollow forms. The main challenge though was achieving a suitably narrow needle – sharp point between the two pyramid shapes while maintaining a joint with sufficient strength to hold up the structure.

So the show is titled A RING is A RING is  A RING, can you tell us what a ring is to you?

For me every jewellery items, especially rings, as they are worn very close to the skin and always visible to the wearer, it tells a story. That story can be a memory of a person, a holiday or an experience, much like a diary.

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So the show is titled A RING is A RING is  A RING, can you tell us what a ring is to you?

For me every jewellery items, especially rings, as they are worn very close to the skin and always visible to the wearer, it tells a story. That story can be a memory of a person, a holiday or an experience, much like a diary.

What is your background?

My background is in the Theatre. Since completing my degree in Theatre Design at Wimbledon School of Art, I have worked in the world of Theatre costume. Most recently at the Royal Ballet, I have also worked at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in the West End. Since completing my studies at BAJ, I am using the rich imagery and atmosphere of stage costumes and live performances in my designs for jewellery.

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Why have you become a jeweller?

I love the mix of design and technical processes involved in making jewellery. Planning a new design, working through complex technical steps, anticipating potential tricky areas and ultimately creating something that will be treasured for years is very exciting.

What are your plans for the future?

I want to build my own business, designing and making jewellery. I am hoping to continue designing contemporary jewellery and would love to explore mixing traditional materials and precious metals with unconventional media like fibre optics and fabrics.

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Launch night at 'a ring is a ring is a ring' exhibition with a room full of guests looking at the pieces
Launch night at 'a ring is a ring is a ring'

Why should someone visit the show?

If you visit the show, you will be treated to an exciting journey through Contemporary Jewellery, challenge ideas of what jewellery can be, and be inspired by stunning designs, concepts and craftsmanship!

Where can we find more information about you and your work?

The best place to see my work is on Social media – Facebook – Alise Kennedy Jewellery. Instagram – a.k.jewellery and website – www.alisekennedyjewellery.com

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