1. CHOSEN ARTIST: Amber Ambrose Auréle

Amber Ambrose Auréle Verstegen earned a bachelor degree in Theatre, Film & Art Direction at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam in 2008. In 2012 she graduated as one of the first generation Master Shoe Design at ArtEZ Fashion Masters. In addition, she is enrolled in the Master in Art History at the University of Amsterdam, where she worked on her thesis about the cross-fertilization between fashion and art.

Amber is only 25 years old but she  is  already got her own consumer and developing  style. Here is a small interview about  her first collection where she  used a  3D printing and new techniques:

"Amber is  one of those artists who think outside the box and always open for trying and learning new techniques, I wasn’t very surprised to hear that she used 3D printing in her first collection. For me a good reason to interview her.

When did you first hear about 3D printing?
In the past few years I heard more and more about 3D printing. I am amazed by stories that you’ll be able to print objects at your own home in the near future.

Do you get inspired by other fashion designers who use 3D printing?
I can’t remember exactly, but I believe it was fashion designer Iris van Herpen, who introduced 3D printing in her collection. She made me aware of the possibilities of 3D printing and made me think about how I could use it in my collection.

Why did you decide to use 3D printing for your shoe design?
At the early stage of designing my collection I came up with a concept for the heel of one of my shoe designs. The heel was going to look like a wave at it’s breaking point, frozen in time.

The design contained fluid forms and thin, fragile lines. Exploring several techniques I came quickly to the conclusion that 3D printing was going to be the best one. By using 3D printing I could design a heel that wasn’t going to be too heavy, and keep it’s fragile look, while at the same time it was strong enough to cary a woman body.

Are you going to use this 3D printing technique also in the future, for you shoe design or anything else?
I probably will, the technique enables designs that are normally impossible to make by hand. And it is great for shoe design because you can print in special materials which otherwise would be to heavy for a shoe. In the future I would like to print not only a heel but a whole shoe."

By the  way, i  found her instagram:, where clearly read about her nomination. She wrought that her first collection was submitted to the MUUSE x VOGUE Talents - Young Vision Accessories Award 2014. It qualified for the finals and will now be presented to Vogue Senior Fashion Editor and Vogue Talents Editor Sara Maino, who will select the final winner.

I chose this artist because of her last work which you  can  see on  the 1.2 picture. The shape, the silhouette and using materials are  going together  very  well. She  didn't wright about working  process or  details of making, but i  can  understand while looking  on  her  work, that she  was  inspired by the sunshine in the  river or  it's reflection  on  the  water. Anyway she  chose correct materials to touch  off the  main  idea. I  think  that it's  acrylic  plastic, but  maybe she  used a  3 D printer as  well. 


I was in V&A about 3 times and  always  visiting a museum shop in  the  end. People who made  it are  a  big professionals. First  of  all  i  want  to  start  with designing and interior of  this shop. Room  was  split  on  4  zones, so  people have  to  go around and  then  in the  middle if  they  want  to  see  everything. The  colors  are calm and  the atmosphere is  very  cosy, so  you can  spend about 30-40 minutes by staying  their and  looking around. 

By the  way in  this  shop every month  you  can  see more than 20 th new  collection  of  jewelry, which  you  can  buy with  a  strong desire. And it's an interesting  thing that jewelry go under the glass like an exhibit in museum, but it's almost always easy to  buy. 

Above all, everybody will find comfortable to buy souvenirs, clothes, books, food  in  the same shop especially before holidays. 

3. CHOSEN EXHIBITION: Jewelry exhibition in V&A museum. 

I chose V&A museum (which is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects) because it  has an  adorable accessory exhibition on  the  3d  floor. The jewellery collection, containing over 6000 items is one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of jewellery in the world and includes works dating from Ancient Egypt to the present day, as well as jewellery designs on paper. The museum owns pieces by renowned jewelers Cartier, Jean Schlumberger, Peter Carl Fabergé, Hemmerle and Lalique. Other items in the collection include diamond dress ornaments made for Catherine the Great, bracelet clasps once belonging to Marie Antoinette, and the Beauharnais emerald necklace presented by Napoleon to his adopted daughter Hortense de Beauharnais in 1806. The museum also collects international modern jewellery by designers such as Gijs Bakker, Onno Boekhoudt, Peter Chang, Gerda Flockinger, Lucy Sarneel, Dorothea Prühl and Wendy Ramshaw, and African and Asian traditional jewellery. Major bequests include Reverend Chauncy Hare Townshend's collection of 154 gems bequeathed in 1869, Lady Cory's 1951 gift of major diamond jewellery from the 18th and 19th centuries, and jewellery scholar Dame Joan Evans' 1977 gift of more than 800 jewels dating from the Middle Ages to the early 19th century. 


1.1 Collection 2012 

1.2 Sunshine in the River Amber Ambrose Aurèle Collection L’amour, Her happiness is never her own, 2014.

V&A Shop inspired me to  create something  by myself, because i  saw  a  lot of  exiting  ideas, shapes, colors and silhouettes, which  can  be a good  starting point. Some  of them got  an  amazing  and  interesting combinations  of  colors and  materials, and at  the  same  time some  of  them  got  really simple  shapes but  interesting  meaning, so  i  can  use  this observation  in my  future  project and  play with  it.

During  my  visiting  i  was  trying  to  understand who or  what  inspired artists for  their collections. Because  its  interesting  to  see developing  idea, understand  the  working  process and their chosen object as  inspiration. 

It  was  imposible to  take  pictures inside  of  the  gallery, so  i  just  noted the  names and  details of interesting  outcomes. I  liked an  idea of  gold  mask made  of wire (looks  like at first side) which was made by English Artist Peter Page, at the  same  room i  found  another adorable piece, it was a  neckless "ring of fire" by Marjorie  Schick. It  was  curious for  me  to  know, how  did  they  use  so difficult  material and  how  made it so  soft and  glossy. If i create a  new  project it will be a head or neck accessory, because  i like  to work  with  the  silhouette and  movement.  


UNIT 5 &6

8 December 2014

Research, Investigation, Designing, Making

It  was Introduction day of project brief and  ‘Small Change’ Sustainability Conference in  the  end  of  the  day. I  heard very profitable information about material production, which helped me  to  realize how  important  to  work with sustainable materials and develop jewelry market in to  organic way. I don't want see people and  animals dying just because of rich consumers.

"The intention of sustainable design is to "eliminate negative environmental impact completely through skillful, sensitive design". Manifestations of sustainable design require no non-renewable resources, impact the environment minimally, and connect people with the natural environment. Beyond the "elimination of negative environmental impact", sustainable design must create projects that are meaningful innovations that can shift behaviour. A dynamic balance between economy and society, intended to generate long-term relationships between user and object/service and finally to be respectful and mindful of the environmental and social differences". (c)

To start my research and investigation for this project, i need to  answer the following questions and record my responses in writing and through images:

1. What is my view on sustainability and environmental issues?
I Think that sustainability and environmental production is the  main technology of the close future. Nothing lasts forever, so we  need  to  thinking  about future of  our  planet and especially about our children now, while we  have  time  to  change something. And it's very  interesting to  encourage to find a new organic  materials or to find a  different ways of  producing  previous ones, to develop recycling and up-cycling  processes which can help us  to  build a  healthy future for everyone.
2. How can I as a designer, address sustainability and environmental issues in my work?
The most important thing that  i  can  do is  to use  sustainable materials for my jewelry. Also i want to be  very accurate with  the  history  of  my  works, i  want everyone  to  be  curious about meaning of final  outcomes. Because the  base of  my  project could  be  the  deep research of social, political or environmental problems. 
3. How do jewellery & fashion accessory designers address sustainability in their work?
Sustainability is foremost in the minds of many designer-makers at the moment; there has been a surge of environmentally-sustainable developments in the collections shown worldwide. Jewelers are very aware of sustainability issues, as such a large proportion of their traditional materials come from non-sustainable sources (precious stones and metals) and they have traditionally used acids, dyes, and other techniques not renowned for their eco-friendliness.  
4. How is the worth of an object defined, if not through its material value?
Nowadays we  thing too  much  about fashion or  comfort  and less about practical  things. To be  honest we  don't need  a  lot  of  clothes, or  accessories, there is only one reason why we  want to  change our wardrobe every month - the mass media who suggest that is ''not  cool" to have  something old fashioned, therefore tempt to buy a  new model  of  phones, cars or  anything  ells. The same  thing  with  brands, everybody want to have a quality clothes. But for me the most important thing is a  practical side of  the  object. (i can't answer on this question now...)
5. What makes an object precious and what makes it worthless?
The object can be precious if it's useful, helpful, beautiful, chip, high quality and unique, but if it's very beautiful but made of chip materials, or useless nobody will save it for  a  long  time.
6. Can you give examples of waste materials being up-cycled or re-cycled into precious and desirable objects of beauty?

9 December 2014

Today we  had library research session and Library Materials lecture. 

This day was  the  most  important  for  me  because of profitable information about e-library, l-services, archives and everything what can be helpful with  my  research. I have never thought that we've got so  much ubiquity, if i knew it earlier i'll be more luminous. 

After 'library materials'  lecture i suddenly understood that  i  want  to  create my own sustainable material for  the future jewelry. All videos about CSM students which develop simple materials and  create a  new one inspired me to experiment with everyday objects/materials and maybe find something absolutely new... I've got  an  idea to press cotton and egg shells and create a nest with a  birds, because 1  year a  go i  saw heartbreaking video about birds which died early because of  eating a toxic rubbish which came from the ocean. I really worried about everything which happening with the nature, so if i can found or create  a  new organic material and use it for explaining my opinion about animals and their role in the world circle i will do it and encourage other people to  do  the  same. 

Today we had 1 hour project which helped everyone to understand the  future shape of their accessories. We didn't have enough time to sketch something in our sketchbooks, so everybody immediately started  to work with newspaper, colored scotch tape and scissors. 

Everything  was  so swiftly, and to be honest  i  don't have enough experience with folding paper, i only used to cut it. Everybody did 3D models, worked with origami techniques, folding or covering (paper + tape cover), so i was  trying to  create something different, because its not  interesting  to  create the  same staff as  everyone did. 

Finally i made rose shape. Yes, again. I don't like that every time i tried to do something new i see only flowers in my mind. Of course different shapes, but flowers. I  need  to  move  from  it, otherwise i'll be simple designer with boring works. Next time  i  will try something absolutely new.

11 november 2014

Our lesson started with the next questions:



The task was to make a hat from scratch, entirely from paper and string. The main idea was to  “making something from nothing.” Turning invaluable materials into valuable items through careful craftsmanship and making. It  was  funny to realize, that you are making a  real cap by using paper. Easy technique and can be useful in different projects. Chip materials, easy to create drafts. 

I enjoy the  process and did everything quickly. But the biggest problem  was  to  move  from the rose shape which i used again (because of flexible lines and silhouette). 



19 January 2015

Unusual partnerships or collaborations between companies and designers can be a way of generating exciting products whilst creating new interest in established brands. For a collaboration to be successful i must create a product that manages to heighten the importance of both parties, and offers something that will promote admiration and loyalty to either the brand or the establishment or both.

Today i started researching about given brand "Black and Decker"  and a partnership "London Transport Museum". 


Black & Decker Corporation is an American manufacturer of power tools and accessories, hardware and home improvement products, and technology based fastening systems. On March 12, 2010, Black & Decker merged with Stanley Works to become Stanley Black & Decker. It remains as a wholly owned subsidiary of that company, but maintains its own headquarters in Towson, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore.
At Stanley Black & Decker, people believe in excellence—in their products, their people, and their practices. They’re committed to sustainable business policies and initiatives that reduce their impact on the environment and improve the quality of life in every community they reach. In addition to corporate level technologies and processes that reduce their environmental impacts, many of their industrial and consumer tools and solutions are designed to help their customers reduce their water consumption, energy use, and waste generation.
Stanley Black & Decker is interested in ideas that meet consumers’ needs, and they are committed to providing the highest-quality products at the best value. They can  hear  their consumer needs and love reading the thousands of submissions they get every year on how to strengthen their products and how to better deliver products that directly meet consumer needs.


20 January 2015

Today  i  was  trying  to  find  similarity between given brand and establishment. It's easy to see the similar style and colors. Both of  them are using red, black and white colors, all of  them has got  motor or mechanism, and  also  a  sport  style. I  think that  the  jewelry I'm planning to made will be for  men, not for  women. But I'm still confusing about shape and part of  the  body which  i  cane  use  for  my  final outcome. There is  no time  to  do  something  huge  and no opportunity to work in a  workshop, because of second project. So maybe  it  can be  small, glossy, sporty, black color with using metal, or with using tires or  different  mechanisms? I  should  draw  more and deeply research  the  question.  

Also today i went to the LT museum to find isperation and clearly understand the  starting  point. It was  very helpful to  see  everything in real time face to face. I could saw the mehanism of all cars and  buses, went through the  old  undegraund, saw the interesting  reflection  of  the  light and  so  on. I started thinking  about  materials  which  i  can   use  for  my  final piece. First  of  all i need to chouse wire, metal and  plastic, because it's  the  most  popular detales in  both  (brand & museum). 

I found interesting to see  the history of  transport development and different exhibits of varied senturies. I  need  to  start  the  brainshtoming and find 10 ideas just for  understanding the future concept. 

22 January 2015

Today i was trying to find other similarity between my brand and place. It was curiously to find a  lot of identical things as logo shape for example. The London Transport museum  has got a circle shape with the  line in  a  center and "Black and Decker" has lines as  well. So i  started to think about tubes, because on the underground maps we  can  see  a  lot  of lines with different colors. 

First of  all i sketched my ideas with circle shape. I thought that it  can  be interesting to make a  hand piece, because all this hard men work is all about hands, as  material i chose red plastic. 'Cause all this brands have got red (white and black) colors in  there main palette. Then i moved to the  line  shape and started work with a  paper drafts. I cut 8 pieces of paper and folded them in different variations, just to check. 

I realized that all my making shapes are gorgeous, but they looks like my previous Bespoke project, so i moved further. 

26 January 2015

27 January 2015


The London Transport Museum, or LT Museum based in Covent Garden, London, seeks to conserve and explain the transport heritage of Britain's capital city. The majority of the museum's exhibits originated in the collection of London Transport, but, since the creation of Transport for London (TfL) in 2000, the remit of the museum has expanded to cover all aspects of transportation in the city. The museum operates from two sites within London. The main site in Covent Garden uses the name of its parent institution, sometimes suffixed by Covent Garden, and is open to the public every day, having reopened in 2007 after a two year refurbishment. The other site, located in Acton, is known as the London Transport Museum Depot and is principally a storage site that is open on regular visitor days throughout the year. The museum was briefly renamed London's Transport Museum to reflect its coverage of topics beyond London Transport, but it reverted to its previous name in 2007 to coincide with the reopening of the Covent Garden site. London Transport Museum is a registered charity under English law.

The museum's main facility is located in a Victorian iron and glass building that originally formed part of the Covent Garden vegetable, fruit and flower market. It was designed as a dedicated flower market by William Rogers in 1871 and is located between Russell Street, Tavistock Street, Wellington Street and the east side of the former market square. The market moved out in 1971, and the building was first occupied by the London Transport Museum in 1980. Previously the collection had been located at Syon Park since 1973 and before that had formed part of the British Transport Museum at Clapham. On 4 September 2005 the museum closed for a major £22 million refurbishment designed by Bryan Avery of Avery Associates Architects to enable the expansion of the display collection to encompass the larger remit of TfL which administers all forms of public transport. Enhanced educational facilities were also required. The museum reopened on 22 November 2007. The entrance to the museum is from the Covent Garden Piazza, amongst the Piazza's many tourist attractions. The museum is within walking distance from both Covent Garden tube station and Charing Cross railway station.



6 January 2015

In the  beginning of the project "Memory" i was  trying to understand: "what is  it  all about?" and  "what does it mean for me?".

The  first, what i saw in my mind was a CHILDHOOD which contained a lot of details such as: dreams. fairytales, freedom, safety, fantasy and so on. I've got a  lot  of good stories and pictures from that time. And if someone asked me: "would i like to feel it again?", i will say "YES, absolutely!!!! But what is clearly reminds me about childhood? The  most memorable is a FARM!!! Country side, where i lived during my life (every summer) is  the  biggest reminder of it. And of course the most valuable memories of my grandfather. Because only in  this  place i felt safe, love, happy and the most important thing for every child - fun. 

But if i will see green fields or a  lot of houses in Russian style it doesn't mean that i directly remember my childhood. There was especial attributes which stacked  in my mind until now: rakes, garden-gate, barefoot, well and  so on.

There for we  now  need  to understand: "how to keep  memories about those things?" and "how to wear my memories?"

8 January 2015

During two days i was trying to understand how to mix all recollections about farm and create only one piece of jewelry which  will  reminds me about childhood. I think that it's very stupid to take a  lot of single ideas and mix them together. Because you wouldn't understand the  real idea and feel special. It must be  something very strong and memorable, only one symbol maybe, which will remind me  about childhood immediately. 

I Think that the most important feelings and memories i have from being with my grandfather who taught  everything i know. He  was very kind and openminded person with  a  very big hart. I remember how we  did  everything together and he  was  always very proud about  me, which motivate a  young  girl to be better and better each day. He  was a  real hard worker and lived in a farm during his life, so he could create or built everything he wants.

Once i was walking  through the  streets in  our farm and suddenly saw a  candy house which my neighbor built for his daughters. I was so exited about such a lovely idea and immediately ran to the grandfather. I told him about candy house and ask him to built the  same for  me. He smiled gently and said "ok". But something went wrong and he built a  real house with 2 rooms and terrace. "But grand father, i wanted candy house not the real one" - i was upset. "But you  will grow up very soon, so it  will be the  best variation for you" - laughed the grandfather.He liked to joke

Another thing which i clearly remember is the big arms of my grandfather. He's got hard physical work during his whole life, so his hands became big because of arthritis. I remember how he  puts his big arms on my shoulders and told something special, or how he hugged me and sleep with me during dinner brake when i  was very little. 

I thought that this things and memories can be my starting point. First of all i was  thinking about my "candy' house, how can i built mini toy which i  will wear? I don't want to create neckless or footwear, i want to see my jewelry when it will be  on  me. So which part of my body can be comfortable for the memory project? I think my fingers. They are always drawing, cooking, doing something, i will see them all the  time. 

So maybe it could be the  ring? The ring which will reminds me about candy house of my grandfather... Sounds good. 

Firstly i did a few sketches of house shapes. just to understand the silhouette of the future draft piece. And suddenly remember grandfathers workshop with all his instruments. So i was trying to mix house shapes and silhouettes of his hammers which became a windows in my drawings. I drew a  lot of variations of house rings with one whole. I thought they can be linear shaped without any  obvious volume, because for me it will looks more elegant and expansive. My chosen materials are wood and metal (for the roof). 

Then i moved to another idea - big hands of my grandfather which he liked to put on my shoulders. I thought about silver material, because metal associate with power, heaviness and fastness. First of  all i was trying to create a  hand piece for knuckles. Because my grandfather had got a  lot  of corns because of rakes. And than i was thinking about whole hand, which can contact with another. 

I sketched about 4 pictures of future neckless, where both hands were hugged each other, as  a  symbol of my grandfather who touched my small shoulders or something else. 

12 January 2015

Very important day, we spoke with the tutors about our research and  ideas. During the  session teacher told me  to  develop my idea with a wood house rings, because we  have only one week for making and she  don't wan't me to be  in  stress. Another reason not to use my ideas with the metal  hands  because that  process  and final silver modeling will be  very expansive. Also she  told me to build a  big  house which will looks  like  a  real (not  just  a  tabulate symbol) and  to  think about moving or transforming  roof. 

After long brain storming and many variations, I  went to  the  workshop and  started  to  think about different shapes which i can make by using wood. I thought that my  ring  will be square shaped  1*1 sm each side, but when i spoke  with  the  tutor  from the  wood workshop, he helped me  clearly understoond, that its very small form and  not  very comfortable for  making and  to  wearing. So i changed my  decision to double ring. The  final  piece  will be 5.6*4,2 sm, which will help me to  build  the transforming  roof.  

At first day he showed me  different pieces of  wood their difference and prerogatives, i  understood that if  tree  has  got very  big  holes between lines that's  mean that it's young one and not strong, and  at  the  same time if  tree  has  got  a  lot  of  space between lines this  suggests  that it's old and solid. 

I started to do  the  drafts of  both types  of  rings, single  a double (just in case) and used the young tree because i  wanted to work  with  a  new material  and  see the process of making  with not a solid  tree. And  it  was  very useful, because i  understood the specific of  this  material and  hardness of  polishing  it and  at  the  same  time  understood  the  technique of making  the  wood  rings. It's not  as  difficult  as  i  expected. The general preparation before polishing took me about 15 minutes. 

13 January 2015

Today i started work with my final piece by using old wood not  the  young one. And  was very  surprised  about snappy process, quality of material, good result and  of course the final shape. I enjoyed to  work  with  the  wood, so  i  hope that  in my future projects i will have ability to work with it in  a  big way. 

I discovered that with an old  tree i  can  easily polish the surface and clearly do the  holes. After yesterday draft i understood how  to  make  my final outcome more elegant and accurate, so i finished the  base piece very quickly and moved to the  roof. 

Tutor from wood workshop recommended  me  to  go to  the  metal w.s. so  i can build my roof by using aluminum for example. It  was very good  idea but how should i construct the moving panels? First of  all i  was  trying to  do  the  draft, because it  will  be  pity if i start with final piece and suddenly break it. 

I had  got  a very long brain storming about mechanism of moving roof. Should i  open it only  from one side or it  can be  2 moving panels? I asked  myself "what is  easier to  make in  a short period  of  time" and  understood that  idea with 2  panels  is  not  very  bed. 

I cut 2 pieces of  aluminum and  started experiment  with  it. First one  i  wast  trying  to  fold and the  next one  to  roll. Anyway  first  of  all  i  need to cut the wire and then choosing the right way of fixing it with  the  metal. 

After talking with Karla i understood that it's easier to fold my roof and  put  the  wire inside of  the  wholes, so panels  can  move. Anyway i  need  to  do  research  today about mechanism and  techniques of  building roof and houses. Maybe it  will helps me  understand with my final outcome.

15 january 2015

Yesterday evening i  started with researching of an architecture sphere. Found a  lot  of  useful information for  my  project. For  example types of  wood joints, roof trusses overviews and others. The specific was very clearly for  me but without  practice it feels like  something difficult.  I drew a  lot  of  variations  of technical developments in  my  sketchbook and moved  to  the  metal  workshop to  try everything by  my own hands. 

It's  so  sad that i have no  time for  practice of  working  with  metal. I hate  this  material its very cold, edgy and not as flexible as  i  need. It  was very  hard to cut  the 2  pieces of  metal  panels absolutely similar size and  than cut the acute angle in  it. 

Another annoying thing was to made 2 similar pieces of copper rod. It took me a  lot  of  time  to  cut  and  polish it  in the both sides and finally made them similar size with the  house length.

When i finished in  a  metal workshop i moved to wood class and  continue  work with my house. I decided to  do  the  holes in my panels to  put the copper rod  in  it. It  was quiet hard to  made everything right from the  first time. I drilled the  whole from  one  side, but  it  was  very  difficult to  do  the  same  with  another  one, it came  of absolutely different. First of all i was thinking that to  drill the holes only on one  side and  then make the  small deep on  another just  for  normal fixing is  a  good  idea. But  after long annoying deconstruction of my  roof and constantly derail i moved to  another idea - to make holes from both sides and fix them with a  small piece of  wood.




19 April 2018, 16:11

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