Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery is pleased to present Informed Chaos, an exhibition of jewellery and objects from the graduating students of the MA Jewellery, Silversmithing, and Related Products.

The show, held at BCU’s School of Art on Margaret St, was running from  2nd-10th of September 2017.

The exhibition showcases the work of 39 international students, each creating a new series for their final major work.


Course Director Professor Jivan Astfalck explains that 

“Through their creative practice, the students address aspects of the most vital issues in the contemporary applied arts field today, and by questioning what constitutes adornment and how decoration should be defined and executed, they develop their knowledge and understanding of the jewellery and silversmithing discipline.”

Each collection represents a year-long exploration into material, form, colour, and technique, resulting in a diverse assortment of unique and unconventional works, as each student pursues their own line of investigation.

These outcomes range from kinetic, mechanical rings that move with the body, or soft felt pieces made to look like stone, to chubby, silversmithed objects drooping over ledges. Others have taken mundane materials such as feathers and paint and transformed them into intriguing wearables, one even cultivating and harvesting materials from their own personal herd of silk worms. 

For further information please contact us via email or follow Informed Chaos on social media through Twitter, Instagram, Weibo or Wechat. 

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