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Grade 10 Jewelry Exhibition Amazes

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Recently, our Grade 10 students put on an amazing jewelry exhibition at the ID Gallery and SS Building Lobby that showcased, literally, jaw-dropping pieces. As a culmination of all their hard work that commenced early in the academic school year, the students were divided into various groups and tasked with making a range of unique jewelry to be presented to Beijing-based, professional jewelry designer/maker Antonia Sampson. As their client, she played an important role in giving them direction and advice on their products, drawing from her many years of expertise in the field. They were also given tips from another designer in Beijing, Jennifer Melton, from the Starfish Project, which “is a non-profit organization with a social enterprise that cares for women coming out of human trafficking and exploitation” the students have plans to work with more in-depth in the near future.

The Grade 10 students trekked through a long and arduous process that included the following steps: brainstorming ideas; researching existing products, analyzing markets, and speaking with people involved in the actual industry for further information; setting a goal regarding product specifications; designing, designing, and more designing; and finally, realizing the final product for display and perhaps sale. They had a very full plate in specifying who their target audience would be for their jewelry (most targeted young adults with an adequate amount of disposable income), creating interesting designs possessing great meaning behind them, and so much more.

For their pieces, the students took inspiration from a very diverse number of themes and subjects, and including the abstract art of Kandinsky, endangered species, oceanic preservation, cultural diversity, Van Gogh, and childhood memories. Utilizing materials such as plywood, silver, acrylic, velvet, and resin, the young creatives made not just wearable, stylish jewelry, but indeed true art. Some of the stand out pieces included a necklace featuring an endangered snow leopard holding a bullet, an abstract and colorful brooch, a Nautilus shell belt, a geometric ring, and an ocean cube necklace.

Overall, the Grade 10 students designed amazing jewelry connected by the common themes of individuality, creativity, and originality. Although their exhibition was held for only a short period of time, demand for the pieces to be displayed (and sold) continues to grow. Please stay tuned for more details regarding when and where audiences will be able to feast their eyes upon these works of art.

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