V&A Dundee

Jewellery, Identity and Social Change

Thursday 8 December 2022 – Sunday 11 December 2022
  • Dates

    Saturday 18 Jun 2022

    Sunday 19 Jun 2022

    Thursday 8 Dec 2022

    Friday 9 Dec 2022

    Saturday 10 Dec 2022

    Sunday 11 Dec 2022

  • Time

  • Location

    Weston Studio

  • Free

Exploring jewellery design as a method for collective healing with Natla Jewellery Studio

Throughout history, jewellery has been used by social movements to instigate social reform and bring about changes to the law. Such talismans are thought to play a crucial role in safeguarding the body and soul and believed to bring the wearer protection from danger or to bring good fortune.

Stephanie Graham, Founder and Creative Director of Natla Jewellery Studio, will lead this jewellery making workshop and discussion which considers jewellery as a method of healing and as a way to give a voice to those who would otherwise go left unheard. Using a range of techniques including saw piercing and enamelling, the workshop explores how the process of making such a piece can bring about a sense of healing and comfort.

Stephanie uses enamel as a method of instinctual play and as an expressive medium for curating artefacts in the form of contemporary talisman, saying “Enamelling offers a sense of peace and tranquillity for the maker. It is a slow and drawn-out process and - just like the process of healing – it takes time.”

Inspired by the work of Professor Jack Cunningham’s concept of narrative jewellery, Stephanie adds “Stories are passed down through jewellery through generations and across time, distance and space and are the best way of building empathy and teaching lessons“.

Stephanie’s design takes inspiration from the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which although it has no direct English translation, can be loosely described as finding beauty within the imperfections of life and celebrating the imperfect, the impermanent and the incomplete. By valuing authenticity above all, it teaches us to accept the natural cycle of growth and decay; to celebrate the cracks and crevice’s that time and touch leave behind.

Stephanie Graham is the Founder and Creative Director of Natla Jewellery Studio and Dundee Community Craft, a newly formed community interest company that explores the recovery potential of jewellery workshops to support individuals and groups in the community.

To explore more forms of contemporary Scottish jewellery design including a piece by Jack Cunningham, please visit the Scottish Design Galleries.

Workshop participants must be aged 14 and over.
Attendees aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Please book one ticket per person attending.
All materials required for the workshop will be provided on the day.

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