The Sound of Silver and Brooches para las Chicas – concept

‘The Sound of Silver’ is a multimedia project that can be seen and heard.
Scrap material generously offered by the German silver manufacturer Robbe & Berking has been recycled by 30 students of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.The students were guided by Gisbert Stach, during a 5 days’ workshop. Tom De Cock, freelance percussionist guided the students in the world of sound. Adriaan Severins has recorded and edited the sound of the objects made by the students, silver plated by Robbe & Berking.


Brooches para las Chicas is the third edition of an academic project by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
Students of the 2nd and 3rd bachelor courses at the jewellery department were asked to design and produce ornaments for a specific person. Past editions of the project have seen Walter Van Beirendonck, Marnick Smessaert, Anita Evenepoel and Marjan Unger portraying rings and necklaces produced by the Academy’s students. This year the academy invited Surinam-born designer and jewellery artist Chequita Nahar and myself to commission the students to create a type of ornament that we both have found alluring and at the same time, foreign to our habitual choice of jewellery : brooches. Brooches are one the oldest type of jewellery and they are among the most frequently produced ornaments by contemporary jewelers : their possibilities are almost endless and its prominent area of display makes the brooch a remarkable media for communication. The students were challenged to produce brooches that would help us, commissioners, to become acquainted with the use of these ornaments and that could establish a relation with the geo-cultural area we come from, Latin America, and the place where we live now : Europe. Designing for another person starts at the Academy as an exercise that students will have to master through their entire careers as professional jewellery makers. Their ideas, experience and talents are faced with the tastes, dislikes and demands of someone they come to know through a few working sessions. This results in a great opportunity for the students to acquire real-life experience and for the audience to be treated with the promise of surprising young talents.
Valeria Vallarta Siemelink
Mexican architect,
curator and author living in the Netherlands,
co-founder of the Otro Diseño Foundation

Photography © Elyane Van Coillie