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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback flexi
  • Publication: 30 April 2023
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781800920057
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 190x246 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: £19.99

Design for Jewellery Makers


Tips, techniques & 30 step-by-step project briefs by Louise Seijen ten Hoorn

Book Description

This book is a practical 'how-to' resource for intermediate and professional jewellery makers, as well as those attending jewellery-making courses and who have taken up jewellery making as a hobby. It contains expert guidance on design and the design process, and includes more than 30 inspiring step-by-step project briefs and themes for readers to use as a base for developing their own ideas.

The book includes examples of jewellery pieces by contemporary designers, sourced by the author, as well as the author’s own illustrations.

Following the introduction, the book includes an overview of the design process and the fundamentals of jewellery design, followed by practical guidance on making space, making time and managing your expectations. Also included are chapters on:

  • Practical considerations: everything you need to know in order to design functional jewellery, such as how thick to make an ear wire and how long a necklace should be. It also include information on surface treatments and finishes, allergies and toxic materials.
  • Design methods and techniques including sketching, and making paper or clay models. 
  • Design project briefs: the projects will be structured into 4 categories ideas led by typical beginner’s jewellery-making techniques; material-led projects (experimenting with a range of materials and letting the designs emerge through the process); themed briefs (e.g. movement, animal symbolism, the seasons, family, labyrinth, fantasy); and open briefs for more experienced designer-makers.
  • Q&A interviews with contemporary designers.
About the Author

About Louise Seijen ten Hoorn

Trained at the Royal College of Art, award winning jewellery designer Louise Seijen ten Hoorn lives and works in London where she creates one-off pieces, small production lines and commissions from her studio in Pimlico.

Louise works predominantly in metal, as well as materials such as plastic, rubber, and textile to create jewellery, objects and small sculptures.

Her work has been exhibited in the UK as well as worldwide in the USA, Lithuania, Portugal and The Netherlands.

Besides being a jewellery practitioner, Louise teaches short courses in design and jewellery making at various Adult Education Colleges in London.

Recent exhibitions and events 
GCDA Awards digital ceremony, Goldsmith’s Hall, London, 2021

The Re-Incarnation of Any Warhol, At Work Gallery, London, 2020

Connections/Connessioni, ACJ, The Light House, Glasgow, 2020

Connections/Connessioni, ACJ, Goldsmiths’ Centre, London, 2019

Tales of the Subconscious, ACJ + Gill Wing Jewellery, London, 2019

Centenary Exhibition, City Lit, London, 2019

Van Gogh At Work, At Work Gallery, London, 2019

GCDA Awards Exhibition, Goldsmith’s Hall, London, 2019, 2016, 2008, 2007, 2006


Selected awards

Craftsmanship and Design Awards, Awarded by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, 2016

Goldsmith’s Fair graduate bursary, 2016

London Jewellery Exports bursary, 2008

Bright Ideas Award, Awarded by Craft Central and Sponsored by Deutsche Bank, 2007

Craftsmanship and Design Awards, Awarded by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, 2007

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