UJ announces new short learning programme focusing on contemporary African jewellery design

The Jewellery Design and Manufacture Department at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) is proud to announce its first Short Learning Programme titled Ukuluka: Artisanal Weaving Techniques in Contemporary African Jewellery Design.

The programme will run from Monday, 26 June 2017 for a period of three weeks and aims to use a specific weaving technique as a basis to produce contemporary African jewellery which will accompany a couture collection by a leading South African fashion designer.

“This year’s programme comprises a dynamic line-up involving extensive cultural tours in preparation of designing and producing a unique jewellery piece. Mariambibi Khan, a specialist in the technique of French bobbin-lace weaving, has been approached to facilitate this workshop, “said Ms Farieda Nazier, HoD – Department of Jewellery Design and Manufacture and Co-ordinator of the Short Learning Programme.The international nature of the Short Learning Programme (SLP) is reflected by the composition of the first cohort of students attending the programme, 15 international students and 1 South African student.

“Khan will be accompanied by world renowned fashion designer David Tlale, who will provide the thematic stimulus for the programme,” Ms Nazier added.

Each week, the programme is dedicated to learning specific skills and methodologies. Week one focuses on Design Brief and Basic Techniques, Week 2 on Design and Manufacture and Week 3 on Resolving & Exhibiting.

“The intended outcomes of the short learning programme are to generate and develop jewellery design concepts, understand technical processes, apply specific techniques to produce a jewellery piece and to understand safety rules related to jewellery manufacture.”

The Short Learning Programme is a collaborative effort between the Department of Jewellery Design and Manufacture within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture (FADA) and the Division for Internationalisation.


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