Mentorship Open-minding Program by Estela Saez
MOP by Estela Saez offers a personal tutoring program proposed to jewellery makers to follow their developments. The mentoring sessions take place through regular online meetings, and are therefore available to candidates from everywhere of the planet. The program MOP by Estela Saez is custom-made; each candidate will be guided in the body of work that is developing during that year. Reinforcing their individual position as jewellers, learning how to critically evaluate their work and how to present it within an exhibition context and to the open public. As for strategy guiding steps to develop your own personal trademark. Participants put into practice the mentorship knowledge gained in MOP by Estela Saez, alongside with intensive workshops, exhibitions, seminars and training periods suggested to each candidate*.
The students are responsible for the development of their project.
. Sessions take place by Skype conferences ones a month
. The program runs all year long but August
. Presence Sessions are possible t.b.d. discussed & extra cost
*Suggested Intensive workshops, seminars, exhibitions and training periods are on students’ own expenses
Guest teacher at SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN TARRAGONA, SPAIN
«SSM; Sustainability; Self-sufficiency and multiple possibilities of Making a Living in the Field» During the seminar at DADT, we invite the participants of this workshop to individually and collectively investigate different ways to approach job opportunities within the field of jewellery: either commercially; as an independent jeweller; exhibiting and presenting your work; or focused on the world of art among others. Thus, flourishing the entrepreneurial spirit of each participant. The workshop will be divided into two parts:
-Theoretical exercises collectively
-1:1 personal tutoring both upon individual work & personal goals
LOST IN THE MAPS OF SOUND; KUWAIT
Guest teacher at NEQAT, KUWAIT
This time the series of workshops “Lost in the maps of sound” goes to Neqat Kuwait, an non profit organisation for creative education that organises and develops workshops, seminars and cultural events throughout the year to nurture curiosity in kids and adults. Once a year, Nuqat’s flagship conference attracts thousands of participants from all over the word to discuss the current state of creativity in the Arab world.
Once more through several practical exercises and theoretical, participants will achieve an evolutionary process helping us in the future to continue our individual creative process. We will combine cross-disciplinary thinking and hands-on assignments aiming to embrace a critical discourse towards making. Space, material and the city will be taken as a starting point, attempting to sneak, explore and therefore perceive new atmospheres and new outlooks. This course intends to stretch our mind, take advantage of the essential potential lying in-group thinking and facilitate the ground for fresh possibilities of practical experimentation.
LOST IN THE MAPS OF SOUND; DUBAI
Guest teacher at D3, DUBAI DESIGN DISTRICT
After the success of «Lost in the maps of sound; Amman», the series of workshops goes to D3, Dubai Design District, d3, has been carefully developed to provide a creative ecosystem that surpasses the expectations of a typical creative neighbourhood.
Our candidates will experience the process of making jewelry through concept developing and material research. In this way taking a strong position in order to be able to design or perform pieces. Without having knowledge of jewelry techniques, we will be able to deep into its creative process, making models and several interdisciplinary exercises that can be used both in jewelry design and other disciplines.
Guest Teacher at ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS ANTWERP, BELGIUM
“Contemporary means belonging to the present, interpreting the ‘Zeitgeist’ (the spirit of the present) in art, design and also jewelry. Being aware of what is around us, using the materials and the technologies, the concepts and the concerns which are part of our present time is what makes jewelry contemporary”
The purpose of this workshop at AP is to develop the craft of jewelry making in a cultural setting, with a contemporary ideology. The main component of the workshop is finding inspiration, recognizing it, understanding it and then applying it to execute conceptual pieces through several techniques. Students will revisit the process of making jewelry with a balanced knowledge of the conscious & unconscious, in effort to combine them both. With plenty individual guidance, ambition, and self-expression, participants learn to speak a unique language of contemporary jewelry design.
LOST IN THE MAPS OF SOUND; AMMAN
Guest teacher at AMMAN DESIGN INSTITUTE, JORDAN
«So what we are really doing when we walk through the city is thinking, and thinking in such a way that our thoughts compose a journey, and this journey is no more or less than the steps we have taken, so that, in the end, we might safely say that we have been in a journey, and even if we do not leave our room, it has been journey, and we might safely say that we have been somewhere, even if we don’t know where it is.«
The starting point of this workshop at DIA is the city and its visual culture. Our background plays an important role in the moment we transfer our concerns into creations. Jewelry has become today a discipline that can be considered in the same level of art other art discipline such as sculpture, painting and so. Without having knowledge of jewelry techniques, we will be able to deep into its creative process, making models and several interdisciplinary exercises that can be used both in jewelry design and other disciplines.
DAILY LIFE; JEWELRY CONNECTIONS
Guest Teacher at ALCHIMIA JEWELRY SCHOOL FLORENCE, ITALY
“To make things themselves is not difficult. Rather putting us in the condition to create and finding the right state of mind is the difficulty.”
Indeed the pieces we make are what acknowledge us as jewellers, our character and interests; everything counts and dictates the authenticity of each maker. It is vital that we begin questioning why we perform it early on. How does our work question, reflect upon and connect with the circumstances we live in? What do we make? Why? For who do we make?
The independent jewellery scenario is growing exponentially, yet the world at large barely knows that we exist. It is essential for the survival of our discipline to connect our practice to the society we live in, while embracing critical discourse and applying it to the work we produce. «Daily life; Jewellery connections» was the title of 2 weeks workshop in ALCHIMIA Florence – linking our work to daily situations while we defining our creative process – analysis – criticism and the awareness of why do we make jewellery.
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARCHITECT
Guest Teacher at ARCHITECTURE MUSEUM BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Jewellery is a discipline commonly associated to small-scale realisation and to the body. But furthermore key questions relate to what do we make, what do we intend to express through our creations and for who they are meant. All of these elements define a jeweller, stating the specificities of his/her practice? But what happens if, additionally, we connect the conventional jewellery thinking to unfamiliar and unexpected physical and mental spaces? Could this free up or at least loose the borders of the discipline? And what could this possibly mean? Would it enlarge the possibilities and outcome of our creative process?
«Raiders of the lost architect» held at MARQ combines cross-disciplinary thinking and assignments aiming to embrace a critical discourse towards jewellery and a different approach to making. Space will be taken as a starting point, attempting to sneak, explore and therefore perceive new atmospheres and circumstances and gaining new outlooks. It will raid the lost architect inside us.
LOSING MY RELIGION
Guest Teacher at UNIVERSITY CENTRO MEXICO DF, MEXICO
As a matter of fact, religion has been strongly part of our culture however contemporary society is tending to de-connect it from daily life.
Some countries appear to preserve it better. But large dose of religion can be as dangerous as atheism, especially if we are not open to changes and evolution. It is always about finding the balance and to believe in it. As a resemblance a jeweller can create its own religion being enclosed in the workshop; the «monastery» by working daily and methodically.
«Losing my religion» is the metaphorical title of this workshop at CENTRO which will conduct us to a new state. A de-contextualization of materials, forms and meanings, of jewellery/objects we are used to create and see in our surrounding.
And change our position towards our own religion.
Religion is tradition, but;
What happens if we approach it from another perspective?
And to use this new position as a tool to make new jewellery-objects?
Perhaps we will become more sensitive to our surrounding, gain acknowledge, widen our objectivity and evolve within the creative process.
Guest Teacher at KEA; INSTITUTE OF METALS COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
1. Measuring little from bottom to top or surface; lacking physical depth.
2. Lacking depth of intellect, emotion, or knowledge: «This is a shallow parody of America» (Lloyd Rose).
3. Marked by insufficient inhalation of air; weak: shallow respirations.
Sometimes we tend to be superficial in a good way I mean; in order to go on, to live, to breath…
But what happens when we go deep, we cross borders of shallowness, and we touch fear lines? Unknown places?
Work beyond the unconscious heart talks through our hands.
Go deep in order to get the pure essence; concentration focus with what we do. And little by little understand better the way we make things. How we make it by reflecting it within the group.
Guest Teacher at STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY, SOUTH AFRICA
The starting point of this workshop held at SUN is to have contact with our culture, and by doing it become more sensitive to our surrounding, gain acknowledge and widen our objectivity within the creative process.
«The project Finding Connections was an investigation of cultural heritage by deconstructing the socio-political and cultural backgrounds of each individual student. This investigation was realised through the experimentation of found materials. Our students benefited tremendously from exposure to this interesting and refreshing approach to materials. No doubt, the students will incorporate aspects of these techniques and methods in their own creative studio work as artist jewelers.»
DE LA CONSCIENCIA AL INSTINTO
Guest Teacher at CCBA, ARGENTINA
«…el verdadero conocimiento proviene del interior de uno mismo, solo este conocimiento interior puede llevarnos a la verdadera comprensión…»
El hecho de conocerse a uno mismo, cuestionarse de donde venimos y a donde vamos, facilita el camino al entendimiento de lo que hacemos y el porqué de lo que elaboramos; soy lo que hago y hago lo que soy.Un estudio objetivo de nuestra manera de trabajar a nivel practico, y así, reconocer la importancia del subconsciente dentro del proceso de creación.
A través de una serie de ejercicios rápidos plásticos y el intercambio de materiales, dispondremos las bases hacia un proceso evolutivo que nos ayude en el futuro a continuar nuestro trabajo individual. Utilizaremos como herramientas, la comunicación, el trabajo en grupo y la espontaneidad. Asimismo potenciaremos de manera instintiva y directa la conexión entre sensibilidad y acción.
BEYOND THE IDENTITY
Guest Teacher at HONKONG DESIGN INSTITUTE, CHINA
The title of this workshop held at the HKDI «Beyond the identity», comes from the idea that during the last years the question of national identity has been lively discussed into the field of jewellery and silversmith.
The rapid exchange of information provided through internet and globalisation seems to balance the differences between the countries.
Immigration, emigration, tolerance and of course the industry and its capitalism are important contributors of these consequences.
A change of identity, nationality and culture, in order to gain acknowledge and widen our objectivity in the creative process.
«Through discourse the students discovered the importance of the creative process, the need of emotional sketching and the use of materials in contemporary design. The students experimented and produced unique jewellery pieces by opening their attitude and awareness towards the process of making»