Top contemporary South African jewellers from different institutions of higher education, and various stakeholders will be exhibiting and showcasing some of their skills, as well as creativity in contemporary jewellery design at the very first South African Jewellery Week (SAJW) which will be taking place this year from 31 October to 5 November 2019 in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
South African contemporary jewellers find it very difficult to compete commercially with their international counterparts on an economic level, the same can be said when it comes to showcasing their talents and creativity due to a lack of contemporary education in jewellery accessible to the South African market.
However, SAJW will be a vibrant and educational event that will give “A South African Perspective” (ASAP) to the Fourth Industrial Revolution to all individuals attending, through the display of different technology-made jewellery sculptures with influences of culture and the decolonization of the notion of Africanism.
“This will be one of the most fascinating events that will explore a diverse range of themes with the journey of true African Identity through the use of indigenous artifact to create meaning, being the main highlight and taking us back to the African roots,” says Khanya Mthethwa, SA Jewellery Week founder and organiser.
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