TWO SIDES – ONE STORY.
Pin mechanisms and brooch back design
with Daniela Malev
In the field of contemporary jewellery the brooch is a very common and also much
discussed form of jewellery.
One of the special challenges of making a good brooch is to find an adequate
solution for the pin which connects the piece securely to the body but goes beyond
being a mere functional and invisible part of the backside. It should be an essential
part of the brooch in terms of content and aesthetics.
Mechanism and attachment of a brooch hold a tremendous potential for the design of
a brooch in its entirety and need to be developed with equal importance.
WORKSHOP GOALS AND CONTENT//
This workshop will initiate and encourage a conscious approach to the design of the
brooch back and its mechanisms. The participants are introduced to a variety of pin
mechanisms and learn how to realize them technically. They will be guided through
exercises on different needle techniques and ways of thinking about what a needle
can be and how it can be solved. But moreover the participant will learn and
understand the integration of the brooch back and the pin mechanism into the whole
creative process of making a brooch.
The workshop teaches technical skills but moreover a new way of thinking: a holistic
approach to the brooch.
Basic goldsmith's skills are required
MATERIALS NOT INCLUDED//
Normal workshop equipment and bench tools
Drills (0,7 to 1 mm)
Copper and brass sheets of 0.8 mm thickness for try-outs and models, paper and
cardboard for try-outs,
copper and brass wire 1 mm for test and models
stainless steel wire 0,7 – 1 mm
MIN & MAX DI PARTECIPANTI // 5-9 pp
*the workshop will take place if the minimun of partecipants is reached
20-21-22 OCTOBER 2023, DURING MILAN JEWELLERY WEEK
3 days, 8 hours per day
10:00-14:00 / 16:00-19:00
€ 530 in 2 solutions, half (265€) in advance and half (265€) within the 15th of October
Early bird August 20th
Normal deadline October 1st
Daniela Malev is a jeweller and teacher. Trained as a goldsmith in her hometown
Dresden, Germany, she also holds a Master Craftman ́s Certificate for Gold- and
Silversmithingand studied Jewellery Design at Staatliche Zeichenakademie Hanau.
She concluded her formal studies with a BA and MFA degree in Gemstone and
Jewellery Design at the University of Applied Sciences Trier/Idar-Oberstein, Germany.
Her jewellery work is inspired by a sense of order behind all things.
Her jewellery pieces are made of contrasting materials and complementary elements and aspects which become a unity.
Daniela Malev has travelled a lot and likes to gather and exchange ideas and
knowledge. She has lived, worked and studied abroad in the USA, Mexico and Italy.
One of her special fields of interest are brooch backs and pin mechanisms and their
integration into the design of the whole brooch.
She is convinced that mechanism and attachment of a brooch hold a tremendous potential for the design of a brooch in its entirety and need to be developed with equal importance.
She has been invited internationally to give workshops on this subject. Her workshops initiate and encourage a conscious approach to the design of the brooch back and its
The fact that there is a great interest in this field, but hardly any literature, inspired her to publish the book “To The Point – pin mechanisms and brooch back design”.
The workshop will be in English only.
For further information please send an e-mail to: email@example.com