School of Arts & Humanities
- Jewellery & Metal
Silvia Weidenbach is a jeweller and lecturer based in her studio at the Goldsmith's Centre, which is the heart of Hatton Garden, London's jewellery street. Her post as a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art enables her to continue the dialogue within her expertise in the field of analogue and digital thinking through projects which communicate the possibilities, value and relevance of using new digital tools within the jewellery field.
Silvia engages with subjects of beauty, symmetry, the precious and the grotesque, in detailed and complex ways using various media. Originally from Germany, she has an applied art background in traditional gold and silversmithing. Silvia undertook a three-year silversmithing apprenticeship before studying Jewellery at the University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein Halle in Germany. Combining her traditional expertise with new technologies of the haptic arm and 3D printing, learnt during her MA at the Royal College of Art, she innovates and revels in new possibilities of making which she calls 'digital craft'. These new tools and methods of thinking and making have led to interesting collaborations such as working with architects, filmmakers, SHOWstudio, Vogue, Design Museum London, the Sir John Soane Museum London, BMW Munich and Microsoft Research Cambridge.
Awards and Grants
2016 Technological Innovation Award / The Goldsmiths’ Craft&Design Council Award 2016
2016 Fashion Led Conceptual Jewellery Bronze Award / The Goldsmiths’ Craft&Design Council Award 2016
2015 Walpole Crafted
2015 New Design Award Goldsmiths ́Fair London
2012 Jerwood Makers Open Prize, London