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Showcase 2021 Student Spotlight: Saskia Warnes

Student Spotlight featuring BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design student, Saskia Warnes and her project, The Gem.

The Gem by Saskia Warnes

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

Initial thoughts of print are of bold, messy and playful ways of working and for fine jewellery making, precision and delicacy. The hybridisation of Dizzy Ink, creative designers and print specialists, & Keishi Jewellery, fine jewellery makers, aims to unearth and celebrate these contrasting elements within both clients whilst also allowing the two independent businesses to adapt to a post-Covid-19 environment.

From the conception of a design, through the bold and experimental work in progress stages, transitioning through to the delicate and controlled refinement of a finished product; the project animates each stage of the processes, mastering a deeper connection between consumer, craft and product.

The design creatively adapts an existing grade II listed building which sits within the urban site of 27 Broad Street in the Hockley area of Nottingham. Creating intrigue, the delicate façade treatment offers a glimpse into the workings of the clients through a controlled element of street art sitting in the reveal - a new ‘hidden gem’ of Nottingham.

The area of focus is the Café & Exhibition Space, which acts as the refined connection between the two clients and the community of Nottingham. Creating a relaxed public space to delicately display & retail the bespoke jewellery & prints designed within whilst offering views directly into the working processes.

Saskia Warnes, creator, said: 'I chose Dizzy Ink & Keishi Jewellery as both brands have very strong & interesting processes with a significance in the element of control. In depth research led me to uncover a Japanese link; Risograph & Screen-printing have early roots in Japan & ‘Keishi’ is a Japanese name. Taking inspiration from traditional Japanese design concepts, the design took a focus on controlling light & shadow, particularly for specialist working spaces such as the screen-prep ‘Dark Room’ & the jewellery ‘Stone-setting Studio’.'

Have a look at Saskia's Instagram account for more of her work.

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