Artwork college students give outdated jewellery a major makeover

A unique application to repurpose outdated jewelry introduced jointly college students and school from the Massachusetts College or university of Artwork and Structure, North Bennet Street College, and the School of the Museum of Great Arts at Tufts College this fall semester.

Called Radical Jewelry Makeover, the collaborative method delivers awareness to employing recycled materials and gemstones to make new jewellery.

Emily Cobb, a professor at MassArt in jewelry and metalsmithing, began teaching the class in collaboration with SMFA Tufts professor Tanya Crane this calendar year. Between the establishments, 22 college students enrolled in the course to discover how to generate jewelry ethically.

Just after practically two yrs of social isolation by way of the pandemic, building a sense of community was essential, Cobb claims. “This undertaking was concentrated on conversation and collaboration throughout professional artists, pupils, faculty and also had, of program, education encompassing sustainability and moral problems with jewellery building, it was a earn-gain,” she says.

Necklace by Vicky Rodriguez. (Courtesy MassArt)

Radical Jewelry Makeover is an initiative of a nationwide corporation, Ethical Metalsmiths: The Neighborhood for Responsible Jewelry, whose mission is to teach better material sourcing and mining techniques.

An exhibition of the operate developed opened at the North Bennet Street School remains on check out until January 14. The items produced for the course, together with rings, brooches, earrings and necklaces are for sale at varying selling prices starting up from $40.

Students reinvented donated jewellery from about 70 local community users. Course individuals and the college remodeled the jewelry into new parts through the approach of separating metals.  They constructed news parts working with chilly connections as opposed to sizzling connections manufactured by torches. They also learned about pricing their possess do the job.

Cobb states some people today donated their jewelry was for the reason that they no lengthier preferred to see it sitting in a drawer or wished to give the piece a 2nd everyday living.

As a consequence, people today now have a prospect to obtain revived jewelry. “I never require to go out and get a little something new. There is certainly so many remarkable resources that already exist that can be remodeled into a thing truly precious,” Cobb suggests.