The School of Fashion and School of Jewelry & Metal Arts once again joined forces on the runway for the annual showcase of the departments' creative and stylish designs. This year's Graduation Fashion Show featured JEM-BFA students Ryan Hsiang (with Jeanne Marie Sanguinetti, FSH-BFA), Pei-Ling "Ann" Tsai (with Jiran Xia, FSH-BFA), Qin "Samantha" Xu (with Joanna Jadallah, FSH-BFA), and Naz Khorram (with Thao Thai, FSH-BFA) as part of the collaboration team. Exploring themes ranging from retro gaming to one's cultural roots, each collection had its own distinct color that harmoniously paired together outfit with accessory.
On March 2, 2017, the JEM Club held the opening reception for its third annual group show of advanced student work at the Cannery Gallery. The exhibition, titled InFlux, provides a platform for all students enrolled in Jewelry and Metal Arts classes, whether they are a JEM-declared major or taking a course as an elective, to showcase their current work. Not only do they have the exciting opportunity to share their craft outside of the classroom and studio, they are also able to learn the intricate details that go into gallery installations.
Photo by Justin Atangan
This year marked a first for our annual Spring Show JEM Awards Ceremony. To honor the exceptional work of our award winners, faculty, along with JEM Club members, were invited to create one-of-a-kind trophies that best represented the techniques (not to mention exemplary patina!) taught in their respective classes. See the results below!
We're nearly halfway through 2017, and we couldn't be more proud of the work our students have exhibited within the year. From awards and magazine features to a third-place finish in a relay race in Yuma, Arizona, it's been an action-packed semester for JEM. Check out our recent successes below and see what some of our alumni have also been up to!
The School of Jewelry & Metal Arts congratulates two of our alumni, Ashley Lagasse and Zoe Cope, for their success with their new business, Birds N Bones!
Having created three mini collections between August and November, the duo recently launched their first client-curated collection titled Entomology. All jewelry can now be purchased on their website at www.birdsnbones.com. Take a look!
Check out our star student Yolanda Chiu's work! She created this stand for her doll in JEM's Kinetics and Mechanics class.
Ever see your style icons on shows or movies wearing impeccable jewelry? Or even jewelry that's similar to your designs? Accessories Magazine's article* on Screen Style covers TV's biggest hit shows and how you can get your unique jewelry on air.
Read below for the full article.
*Parker, Lauren. "Screen Style: How to Get Your Jewelry On Air." Accessories May 2016: 28. Print.
In this exciting two-day demo and hands-on workshop, students will learn to combine molded hinge designs with miniature pneumatic cylinders and air muscles to create kinetic motion.
Students will build and test miniature air muscles and adapt these devices to their own hinge designs. Sherman will demonstrate how he molds and adapts hinge designs from toys into mechanized metal hinge components and he will also demonstrate how the movement of these air hinges can be activated by an electronic solenoid switch activated by a microprocessor or common electrical toy circuits.
Registration Fee: $40
Materials Fee: $30
SPACE IS LIMITED TO 15 PARTICIPANTS!
PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO ART U JEM CLUB MEMBERS!
Register online at: https://irashermanworkshop.eventbrite.com
This November 3rd, The School of Jewelry and Metal Arts will present the gallery show, MFA/Jewelry and Metal Arts: Past, Present, Future. The show will focus on MFA thesis artwork. This includes the era when JEM was under FASCU’s department and JEM's earliest graduate students. Additionally, the gallery will display JEM's current students’ theses work. Please stop by the Cannery, in Suite 115, at 5:30 to view the incredible work our students have produced!
2016 has proven to be an exciting year for the School of Jewelry and Metal Arts! Between exhibitions, new classes, and other great events, our students have been very very busy. In honor of their hard work, we have selected a small group of this years graduates to highlight.
"Those Beautiful Little Pathogens"
"Wearing jewelry is special and enjoyable, but because I am allergic to metals and other things, I cannot wear jewelry. As a lover of jewelry, I try to overcome my allergies and deal with the reactions my body has to metal touching my skin. I have gradually come to accept the fact that the allergies win every time. I began to be curious about these tiny pathogens, and how certain tiny organisms have so much power and influence over human beings.
Since I cannot overcome my own allergies, I wanted to conquer the irritants by creating a body of work consisting of jewelry and sculptural pieces inspired by a variety of cells that trigger people's physical responses.
Also, I want to create awareness about people suffering from illnesses. Through this work, people may have a better understanding of the beautiful, yet powerful impact of those tiny cells, and develop empathy towards others instead of judging them from unpleasant appearances."
What’s Next? Exploring a Career Path for Early Career Studio Jewelers
Wednesday, October 26th 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
410 Bush Street, San Francisco, Ca
It’s hard to think past graduation day. Leaving the security of a university metals studio can be a scary step. Where will you make? How will you sell work? Entrepreneurship is intimidating.
Hilary Halstead Scott, the President of Halstead, an international jewelry supply wholesaler will be visiting the School of Jewelry and Metal Arts this October. In her talk, Hilary will outline one path to independence as a studio artist, by incorporating lessons from her lifetime in the jewelry industry, an advanced business education, and over a decade or experience coordinating the Halstead Grant competition for emerging artists.
“Coaching new jewelers is one of my favorite things. I cannot think of a better way to give back to our community. Young artists are bubbling over with questions, ideas and worries. The enthusiasm of newly minted makers is contagious and it never fails to reignite my love for the jewelry world.”
Phew, the first two weeks of the semester have flown by! Here in JEM we are busy preparing for our upcoming JEM Club lead student exhibition, InFlux: Future Directions in Jewelry and Metal Arts. This group show of advanced student work in the School of Jewelry and Metal Arts, represents the diverse body of emerging talent in this exciting program.
Please join us at the Opening Reception on Thursday March 3rd from 5:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: The AAU Galleries at The Cannery @2801 Leavenworth, Suite 112, San Francisco
The exhibition will be ongoing from March 2nd - April 3rd
Diana Garcia, MFA Jewelry Design 2016, was selected as a Juror’s Choice for the 2014 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition. The competition is hosted annually by the Center for Metal Arts and recognizes excellence in the the art of foldforming. Foldforming is a technique used in metal working where the metal is folded and unfolded to give it a three dimensional form. Diana’s entry impressed the judges at the Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition and her work at Academy of Art University continues to show what a gifted jewelry designer she is.
This Columbian native was not always headed on a path towards jewelry design. Before coming to San Francisco, she had an entirely different career before finding her calling in jewelry. Diana took a quick break from managing her brand and preparing her final project to show off some of her work and talk to Fashion School Daily about winning the Juror’s Choice award and let us in on where she finds her inspiration.