A RING IS A RING IS A RING
“Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.”
The exhibition titled A Ring is a Ring is a Ring is the result of a yearlong project between 3 European jewellery schools: London-based British Academy of Jewellery, the Department of Gemstone and Jewellery of the Hochschule Trier located in Idar Oberstein, Germany and Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewellery based in Florence, Italy.
In collaboration with the London Design Festival, the British Academy of Jewellery will be the first jewellery school to host the exhibition at their new campus in Hatton Garden, London, showcasing the 34 participating student’s work from 16th September – 6th October 2017.
The stimuli for the project began from the historic gimmel ring: chosen for its unique composition, each of the three rings contribute one component to the ring’s final visual appearance. When worn, the gimmel ring symbolises the aim of the European collaboration project in creating unity between the philosophies, culture, teaching, and students of the three very different schools.
Starting their journey with an insight into the world of rings and hand adornments from contemporary jeweller Ulrich Reithofer, the students travelled to Germany and Italy to participate in a series of through-provoking workshops. Students were introduced to collaborative and creative development processes, and challenged students to discover their own identities as makers through their individual responses to the brief with a ring or series of rings.
“The aim of the project was to enable students to critically engage with their discipline whilst reflecting upon the diverse industry they are embarking onto. The show will provide the audience and visitors with an exciting insight of what it is to study jewellery today” said Sofie Boons, Head of Academy at BAJ.
In the run-up to the event, BAJ will be posting images of the photographer Tillmann Zizka, showing close-up images of hands. After their launch on the 16th of September they will unveil the photographs of the pieces, held by the hands of their makers. The catalogue, a selection of the photographs, provides an insight in the project and will be available to buy during the event.