Unique in Germany
Gemstone & Jewelry – The International Summer Academy 2015
Our life and work is increasingly influenced by intercultural encounters. To unterstand the perspective of another person, to comprehend the self, and to exchange those views, becomes important when interacting with others and dealing with oneself.
The international summer academy wants to create an awareness for such processes by teaching modern as well as traditional techniques and thereby offering the possibility to transfer individual ideas into an aesthetic language.
From the 16th to the 28th of August, the University of Applied Sciences in Trier, Campus Idar-Oberstein, offers seven unique workshops for jewelry artists and students interested in arts and crafts.
The workshops take place in perfectly equipped studios and shops on campus and will be taught by artists from Germany, Columbia, Sweden, Spain and the USA:
William Rudolph Faulkner (USA), Alexander Friedrich (DE), Daniela Malev (DE), Susanne Matsché (DE), Märta Mattsson (SE), Manu Ocaña Mascaró (SP), Natalia Olarte (CO) und Danni Schwaag (DE).
The workshops are divided into stone carving, enamel, glass casting, filigree, material research for jewelry, needle solutions for brooches, and photography.
The program offers modules focusing not only on technical questions but also creative processes and allows the participants to learn new techniques, which they can use to express themselves visually. The two-week program allows for various combinations of the different workshops. The students can, based on their artistic interests, enroll for a whole workshop or just a single module.
The program is accompanied by a set of cultural activities and, as for example field trips to gemstone stores and mines in the region of Idar-Oberstein, Latin American jewelry dance, and the famous ”Hunsrücker Spießbraten”.
The main goal of the international summer academy is to create an environment of cultural exchange with the experience of the old and the new, the local and the global, and in which the participants can complete the artistic language of their own personal jewelry.