Course Schedule: 7th – 10th April 2020
32 hours Tue – Fri: 9-13 / 14-18
Course duration: 4 days
Price: 420 € (Vat included)
Filigree is a technique that has been present throughout history in many cultures around the world. Jewellery makers since antiquity have used this technique to create extremely detailed and decorative jewels or objects in various metals, primarily silver. Metal wires are twisted, flattened, bent and combined resulting in extremely intricate and ornate pieces.
This course aims to give an overview in the making of filigree jewellery and objects: students will learn how to make their own solder from scratch, twist and form pure silver wire in different ways, and eventually construct their designs. They will have the opportunity of learning different methods to create the typical forms used in filigree making such as flowers, leaves and ribbons, but will also be encouraged to use such methods to create forms from their own imagination, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional.
The intent of this course is to learn the methods that are at the base of traditional filigree making, but also to challenge them in order to rework this technique giving it a contemporary twist.
Carla Movia is an Italian jewellery maker based in Trieste. She holds a BFA and MFA from Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewellery, studying under professors Ruudt Peters and Lucy Sarneel. In 2014 she developed a strong interest in the technique of filigree making, experimenting and challenging it in its form and scale. Since 2016 she gives filigree workshops in Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewellery.
Since 2015 she is a visiting teacher in Alchimia, as well as continuing her independent practice as a contemporary jewellery maker exhibiting in various venues worldwide.
Certain tools, non-precious materials and technical handouts will be provided by the school. Students will need to bring a small toolbox with basic tools and objects (list to be provided) and fine silver wire.