Design Project Work in Jewellery and Silversmithing
Now that the initial surge of curriculum activity in 'technology' appears to have become established: trere is a growing interest in the potential contribution of the applied arts to design education. The educational objectives likely to be achieved through project work in applied science and technology have been stressed repeatedly and lucidly in Studies in Design Education and Craft and other journals, but the case for aesthetic based project work may not yet have been adequately represented. Indeed, during the early impact on the schools of Project Technology the future of what was then termed 'art metalwork' appeared to be in some doubt. But the renaissance of interest in the design and construction of modem jewellery and silversmithing as a medium for 'personal expression' has, amongst other developments, changed the situation but at the same time appears to be presenting a dilemma for teachers, particularly in small craft departments, who are facing the decision of whether to move closer to the arts or sciences. This article sets out to narrow the dichotomy between technology and applied art by suggesting that Deere's 'design line' (l) is as valid for the design and production of modern jewellery as it is for technology projects.