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Jewellery adult learners

Students at Bath College have put their creative skills to the test by recycling unwanted and broken jewellery to raise money for a cancer charity.


Advanced Design and Craft students took apart necklaces, bracelets, earrings and brooches to create new innovative pieces of costume jewellery.


The one-off student designs were displayed during Bath in Fashion and will now be auctioned off to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Research.


The ‘Reloved Campaign’ was run in conjunction with Fabulous jewellery shop in SouthGate, which collected returned/ex-stock jewellery and asked customers to donate unwanted items.


Part-time students Scarlet De La Croix, Debbie Downs, Nico Stead and Susan Harker completed their re-modelled designs in about two months, with a lot of the work being carried out in their free time.


Susan said: “Having all the unwanted jewellery was like opening a Pandora’s box.


“It was exciting to dive in; I tried to get my hands on anything sparkly; I must have grabbed about 30+ pieces to work with.


“I tried to create a ‘looking good, feeling better’ piece to tie in with the breast cancer theme. It’s a really big piece that is a fashion statement.”


Debbie said it had been great experience to keep to the industry brief, while raising money for charity at the same time.


She said: “We were given a large choice of old pieces of jewellery and we could select anything that caught our eye.


“I went for the shells and pearls and anything else relating to the sea. I was thinking something along the mermaid theme and it went from there.


“The end result doesn’t actually look anything like my original idea, but I’m pleased with it. I’ve created a piece of jewellery totally from scratch and I’ve learnt how to adapt to an evolving design process.”


Course tutor Melanie Sproat said students worked with a large amount of unwanted jewellery made out of various materials from coloured acrylics to gold plate.


She said: “Students had to identify materials from the items of jewellery, deconstruct them then incorporate them into new designs.


“They generated completely new ideas for jewellery and came up with a range of eye-catching designs.


“It was quite a challenge but students did a great job. They created some very sophisticated costume jewellery for a great cause.”


Becky Johnson, Retail and Training Manager at Fabulous, said she was pleased to see the students had risen to the design challenge.


She said: “We collected a massive box of jewellery and handed it over to the students.


“I’m very impressed with their designs; they have completely transformed the unwanted items.


“The finished results are great; the students have created some innovative and beautifully crafted pieces of jewellery.”


The Advanced Design and Craft course is part of Bath College’s Love2learn part-time programme. There are a wide range of art and design courses available, many of them running in the evening and at weekends.


Courses on offer include fashion design and textiles, interior design, glass-making, painting, photography and sculpture.


For more information on part-time leisure courses is available here or phone 01225 312191. There’s a 10 per cent discount for online enrolments.

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