s.4 Conceptual Jewellery

Design jewellery or body adornment on the theme of 'Data'.

Data has increasingly become more accessible and recognisable as the fabric of our lives in a digital world. The definition for data is wide and can be interpreted in a variety of ways: information, numbers, facts, patterns, code, algorithms etc.

Data can be misread, misinterpreted, mishandled or weaponised as much as it can be informative, revealing, beautiful and powerful. Data can help us form predictions and can also act as a footprint or an archive of where we have been. Technology has its roots in the language of binary code, whilst living organisms are borne of the data coded within its DNA. The value and preciousness of data has climbed to dizzying heights where as individuals we increasingly fear it and are careful to protect it, whilst commercial businesses and organisations seek to collect and monetise it through means that we may not even be aware of. 

On the prevalent theme of data, this year we invite entrants to design jewellery or body adornment that uses or illustrates one or more of the many facets of data. We encourage entrants to push their concept, imagination and ambition far and wide to illustrate a topic of concern or an interpretation of data in a unique and innovative way in the form of jewellery. Entrants can use their designs to educate, provoke or to experiment with data as potential new material in design. 

Sister Emerson - The Glass Ceiling Headpiece - Gold Award 2020/21
Sister Emerson - The Glass Ceiling Headpiece

Gold Award 2020/21


You are encouraged to research in depth, think out-of-the-box & stretch your imagination (and ours!) to the bounds. Remember that the designs in this section do not need to be manufacturable or in any way realistic. Your design concept must be compelling and well presented. 

It is important that entrants spend time on outlining their design concept using both the design board and the placeholders on the entry form. 

We caught up with John Moore for the 2020/21 competition on his top tips on the 2020/21 2D Conceptual Jewellery brief "Designing for fictional characters".

Guidance & Entry Form Requirements

  • Entries must comply with the 2D design guidelines;
  • Good standards of visual communication and presentation will be highly regarded
  • Description of your design, the concept and material specifications must be provided on the design board;
  • The design does not need to be manufacturable & may be entirely fictional. 
  • Entrants are requested to declare on the entry form if they have had their design rendered by a CAD technician or a digital artist.

There will be placeholders on the entry form for you to explain your design concept and the tools or techniques / processes that you have used. We encourage entrants to use these placeholders wisely. The information you provide will be ensure that judges can make informed decision

  • Design Concept: Please explain the idea and concept behind your design in meeting the brief requirements (Max 150 words)
  • Techniques & Technology used: It is important that you explain the techniques you have used to make your piece i.e. gouache, CAD, Illustrator, watercolours, Procreate etc. This will be used in the judging process and you may be at a disadvantage if it is unclear how the entry was designed. (Max 150 words)

Christine Milroy - Matanuska Neural Stem Implant - Silver Award 2020/21
Christine Milroy - Matanuska Neural Stem Implant

Silver Award 2020/21

09 Jan

Online entry deadline (for ALL entries)

25-27 Jan

All 3D entries submission / post-in days @ Goldsmiths' Centre, London

28 Feb

Awards Ceremony @ The Goldsmiths' Hall, London

09-11 Mar

Collection & post-back of entries; The Goldsmiths' Centre, London


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