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This is the Blog from Jose Anglada, industrial designer and jewelry maker. I will post about my design processes: Inputs, drawings, doodles and playful experimentation that leads to the final collections. Also, other important experiences and personal thoughts. Scroll through!

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Bold Experiments #3

Josefina Anglada

Berlin, February 2019

The third edition of Bold Experiments Workshop was held at Graumalerei.  

It was the first time I was doing everything by myself, with no collaborator, and I have to say that self-promotion is more difficult than I thought. Still, it was really important to go through all the process: Searching for a place with available dates, promoting through Facebook, selling the tickets through my website and setting up the workshop.   

I went to Graumalerei on Saturday to make the set-up and leave everything ready for the next day. On Sunday, I arrive some minutes before to prepare the last details. The day was gray outside: just perfect for a creative afternoon. 

We worked hard and the results were amazing! Everyone could materialize their ideas into unique pieces of jewelry.

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Here are some of the pictures i took during the 4 hours session:

I want to thank all the participants for the hard work!

If you want to get to know about the next Workshop click here for more info and registration.

Bold Experiments #2

Josefina Anglada

La Plata, November 2017

The second edition of Bold Experiments Workshop was held at Maria Picci Tienda Taller in La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

It was great to be at home and be able to make a workshop people were willing to take. At the same time, I went through the experience of working together with a local organiser that helped me with everything I couldn't have achieved alone because of the distance. Maria promoted the workshop, took care of the registrations and prepared the workshop room according to my needs. We were in touch through skype and whatsapp to organise and share info, pictures and questions.

I had traveled all the way to Argentina with all the materials and many tools in my luggage and again I had planned every detail: how to welcome the attendants, the booklets and workshop kits, a small present form Necklace Therapy and a nice mood board to set up. 

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When I got there, Maria welcomed me with a big smile and helped me setting up the space. Soon the participants arrived, each with her own strong personality.

We worked hard and happy. The space was perfect and the attendants could try out many processes and techniques apart from playing with materials, colors and composition. The results were amazing! And everyone could change their ideas into bold pieces of jewelry.

I could perfectly see the connection between each attendant’s temper and each necklace colors, compositions, techniques and shapes. I hope that this workshop will encourage them to continue with their practice.

Here are some of the pictures that my friend, Carolina Bonfanti Mele,  took with so much passion.

I want to thank Maria Picci for organizing with so much care to detail.

If you want to get to know about the next Workshop click here for more info and registration.

Designing the Bold Experiments workshop

Josefina Anglada

I used to teach at the University of Buenos Aires couple of years ago and I haven't realized how much I missed teaching until I was standing, nervous, in front of the 8 participants of the first session of Bold Experiments Workshop.

The last couple of months were very difficult ones in the personal sphere and I thought of canceling the workshop so many times. I am happy I didn't! I knew I wanted to design a learning experience that was a different proposal from the typical DIY workshop structure where the instructor provides a model that all the attendants copy to arrive to similar results.

I started thinking the way I approach the design process: How I combine theory and randomness in a process that makes total sense to me and makes me so happy. But how to teach that? I went back to old books to gather basic concepts and information that are important to understand any design processes. I thought of the workshop as a playground, where attendants could come to learn how to change their ideas into objects and have fun at the same time.

What kind of materials will we need? How can we connect those materials? How should those materials be organized in space? How will the participants feel when they are standing in front of that universe of possibilities? These are some of the questions I asked myself while structuring the workshop.

I planned every detail: the schedule would be hanged on the walls, each attendantStructuring the Workshop made it easier to start organizing the session and add content to the different modules:

In the introduction, I would talk about my personal experience as a jewelry maker and how I approach the design process for self-initiated projects or for clients. I would also provide some basic design concepts that would help the attendants to start thinking about shapes and compositions in a different way.  

After that, we would go through a short “warm-up” exercise that will be very important to fight against the “white paper fear”. This is something all designers go through when they have to face a design process: the possibilities are endless and we might be stuck in front of the white page for a while. In this case, we would have all sort of colorful materials in front of us instead of a white paper but the effect is sometimes the same. This is why I thought of starting with one short exercise that has few simple instructions that will limit the design action. In this way, you also get the chance to start interacting with the materials and trying things out.

Lastly, the longer exercise where the attendants will design and make a necklace from scratch. For this, the experience of the previous exercise is very important: Maybe they “discovered” something and want to take it further. Play with the scale, color, texture, etc. Maybe they want to start from zero but knowing how many of the materials behave and what they can do with the available tools. Each attendant will go through its own experimental design process and I will be guiding their actions if they have doubts. As a result, each bold piece of jewelry will be unique and full of personality.

I designed a small booklet and a Workshop Kit with everything the attendants will need to navigate the experience.

The first session came out amazing! Read the next post to get to know about it and see some pictures.