SA Jewellery Week: showcasing the contemporary pieces of emerging designers
The first-ever SA Jewellery Week (SAJW) opened in Johannesburg on Thursday.
On Weekend Breakfast, Refiloe Mpakanyane finds out more from the event founder and organiser, Khanya Mthethwa.
She says the aim is to create awareness of the contemporary jewellery industry, as most consumers are really familiar only with commercial jewellers.
The event provides an opportunity for post-graduate jewellery design students to showcase their work.
Visitors will find not only a wide range of designs, but also of jewellery-making techniques.
You'll find designers talking about their hybrid identities and this is communicated through their jewellery... They touch on culture, fragility, old age and what it means.Khanya Mthethwa, Founder - SA Jewellery Week
Some pieces have been made using things that you would associate with the Fourth Industrial Revolution like 3D printing, versus also handcraft.Khanya Mthethwa, Founder - SA Jewellery Week
SA Jewellery Week is on until 5 November at the Muzi Mavuso Art House in Braamfontein. Find more information on the website.
Listen to the conversation with Mthethwa below: