Featured Designer – Sandra Hartwieg

About Sandra Hartwieg

Sandra Hartwieg graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2011 with a BA in History of Art and Fine Art, specialising in Sculpture. Sandra initially pursued an interest in traditional goldsmithing through evening classes at the School of Jewellery in Dublin. She chose to apply for the full-time DCCoI Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course for the intensive two-year programme that would give her an in-depth knowledge and the time to develop her goldsmithing skills. Sandra got the opportunity to go on work placement during the second year of the DCCoI programme at Appleby’s Jewellery workshop in Dublin and Rudolf Heltzel’s in Kilkenny where she gained valuable jewellery industry experience.

Process

Her design process begins by drawing from a series of visual inspiration collected from books and online as well as from her own photography. Concept and form are defined on paper and the process continues in the workshop by experimenting with pattern and texture in metal.

Collections

Linear Dot is her first Jewellery collection and takes inspiration from mechanical moving parts in industrial machinery. Her signature piece consists of thirty riveted links making up a long oxidized silver chain with a section of silver links, embossed with delicate fabric and embellished with 24carat gold dots. The industrial feel created by the interlocking links is contrasted with the delicate texture imprinted into the metal. The collection is about the relationship between the industrial and natural, dark and light, hard and soft, handmade and machine-made. When worn the final contrast is created between the wearer and the jewellery, the pieces are industrial and hard-edged, yet subtly elegant when worn on the body.

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