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SPEAKING JEWELLERY 25 April 2016

Alumni Talks / Charlotte Haentjens

Charlotte Haentjens studeerde af in 2007 aan de afdeling Juweelontwerp. Daarnaast volgde ze ook een opleiding Goudsmeden aan de Antwerpse Nijverheidschool, behaalde dan een master culturele studies (KUL) met stage bij Design Vlaanderen en een lerarenopleiding met stage bij Sint Lucas Antwerpen. Ze is altijd juwelen blijven maken, naast haar werk als creatief coördinator bij een kinderdagverblijf. Samen met oud-student Annelies Weinberger stelde ze onlangs tentoon in Gent met EXPO-OH! Haar laatste collectie vertrekt vanuit de geometrische zeshoek, een referentie aan de raatstructuur van bijen.

Het team van Afterschool vroeg haar of ze advies heeft voor onze huidige studenten en beginnende ontwerpers vanuit haar eigen praktijk?
Charlotte: “Eerst en vooral moet je doen wat je graag doet en je studies zien als een verrijking. Je moet verder kijken dan alleen maar het maken van juwelen. Leer open te denken en durf vragen te stellen die je verder helpen, zowel over techniek als over ontwerp. En vooral: niet te snel tevreden zijn! Ik raad aan de kennis en de kunde van docenten te ‘gebruiken’ zodat je een zo ideaal mogelijke uitgangspositie hebt als je afstudeert. Het is daarom belangrijk dat je interesse toont in het vak door je actief op te stellen.”

Hoe ben je tot deze adviezen gekomen?
Charlotte: “In mijn studententijd was zoveel mogelijk en daar moet je als student optimaal gebruik van maken. Veel proberen, veel experimenteren. Dat vertaalt zich in je professionele leven daarna.”

Hoe ziet jouw ideaal onderwijs eruit?
Charlotte: “Ik zou een degelijke verhouding tussen ontwerp en techniek vooropstellen, maar ook tussen vrij denken en vastgelegde opdrachten. Bijvoorbeeld de studenten een tentoonstelling van begin tot einde laten uitwerken waarbij ze ook met andere studierichtingen moeten samenwerken, bv. met reclamevormgeving voor het ontwerp van een poster. Of een uitwisseling met externe organisaties die reeds in het werkveld staan. Dat zou interessant zijn.”

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SPEAKING JEWELLERY 04 April 2016

Presentation / ARIA (Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts)

On 4, 5 and 6 March 2016 a party was organized in Antwerp’s Stadsfeestzaal for the launch of the brand-new Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA) that was set up by the University of Antwerp and the three art schools (KASKA, KCA and St Lucas Antwerp).

ARIA was immersed in city life over the course of three days that featured artistic interventions, talks, debates, lab demonstrations and a festive happening. Artists, students and researchers intervened in a typical urban hub: the shopping centre. They showed what research in, with and on the arts means for society and interrupted the normal course of events in the Stadsfeestzaal with the questions: what is art still capable of in this commercial hub? What is art capable of in the city and in society?

On this occasion Shana Teugels presented her latest creations. She continues to ask herself what relation exists between jewels, objects and ‘kitsch’. She questions their relevance and explores the aesthetic conventions of traditional jewels. Besides a classic ‘showcase’ display, she had some models show her jewels.

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LINKS

www.shanateugels.com
www.onderbrokenstad.be

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SPEAKING JEWELLERY 27 January 2016

Review / Bachelorclass Nhat-Vu Dang & Dang-Vu Dang

The Dutch twin brothers Nhat-Vu Dang and Dang-Vu Dang were invited to give a workshop on presentation and branding. Nhat-Vu studied jewellery design at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam before leaving for Berlin, where he worked among others at Comme des Garçons. His graduation project, ‘Momentary Jewellery’, drew attention in the world of contemporary jewellery. He is now represented by Galerie Rob Koudijs (Amsterdam).

During his dentistry studies, Dang-Vu interned with several fashion photographers. As a self-taught photographer he set up a small business with his brother. Together they developed several branding campaigns and organized photo shoots for various clients. The brothers gave their workshop at St Lucas Antwerp over the course of two weeks. The bachelor students in jewellery design had four days in which to explore their artistic identity.

On Wednesday 27 January Nhat-Vu and Dang-Vu plunged the students into a pool of examples, possibilities and information. They surveyed the basic techniques of photography, image creation, DIY techniques, post-production and branding. To get to know the group, they asked the students to draw and describe their ideal client, using a name, profession, hobby, clothes and life story. Each student gave a short presentation on his/her work, with which they could set to work during the rest of the workshop. Students were then invited to brainstorm around the material of an existing jewel. Using a storyboard, the students translated their design and choices in words and associations. This mind-map helped them collect pictures and clearly visualize their concept.

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On day two of the workshop, the group watched the collected images and audio fragments. The screening took place anonymously. The students tried to determine what piece went with what imagery. As a result, they could test their own associations against the perception of an audience. Nhat-Vu and Dang-Vu then introduced the assignment for the next two days. The focus here lay on the difference between the description of the essence of a story and of a product. They broadened the students’ horizon by showing them how you can even make a (promotional) video for a non-existent product. The students were then given a few tips on how to make and edit photos and videos at home – keeping the following assignment in mind, for which they had to make a video about their own work, without actually showing the work. The students had a week for the assignment and each started out from their own storyboard.

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The group reconvened on the first Wednesday of February. Students had already sent ideas and sketches for their video to Nhat-Vu and Dang-Vu. This meant they could get to work at once. The selected pieces were photographed. In preparation of the definitive video, the twins asked the students to make a series of three photos: an objective picture of the work against a white or black background; a shot of the piece against a background in which the concept of the design is visible; lastly a picture that renders the concept legible without showing the work. Once the pictures had been made, the students gave Nhat-Vu and Dang-Vu guidelines on how to edit and post-produce their pictures. The next day, pictures were evaluated and students explained whether they were happy with the result or not. Nhat-Vu and Dang-Vu asked them whether they would give other guidelines if they could do it over again.

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On the last day the students presented their videos. To bring these videos to a successful conclusion, the students had to put into practice all the information and tips from the previous assignments. During the screening, Nhat-Vu and Dang-Vu provided feedback on the evolution of the past week. Students were given the opportunity to express what they want to continue with and where there is still room for improvement.

Text: Leonie Persyn
Photos: Hilde Van der Heyden, Nhat-Vu & Dang-Vu Dang & bachelor students

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LINKS

nhatvudang.com
www.danandnad.com