Students from Central Saint Martins made jewellery and art in response to the story of the Foundling Hospital
First year BA Jewellery Design students from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, made jewellery and art in response to the story of the Foundling Hospital.
Since 2014 the Museum has been working in partnership with the college. Forming a compulsory element of the students’ course, this project engaged first year students studying for a BA in Jewellery Design with the rich history of the Foundling Hospital. Over a series of visits to the Museum and the London Metropolitan archives, each student produced an artistic response to the history of the Foundling Hospital, their pieces linked to an object or element of the Hospital’s story. These works were then narrowed down through a series of critiques, and approximate forty pieces formed the display Unpinned. The items displayed covered a range of materials with an equally diverse number of processes on display.
In a first for the Museum, four students were carefully selected to sell their items of jewellery in the Foundling Museum Shop. As part of the project, each student submitted ideas for products that could be featured in the shop. From the many suggestions, an interesting range of handcrafted items were been chosen, each with a strong connection to the Collections.
Unpinned continued the Museum’s artistic legacy, offering fresh and engaging ways of looking at the Foundling Hospital story.
The project has offered the first year students a highly valuable and unique opportunity. The challenge to originate a personal visual response in any medium, and also to design a piece to be potentially sold in the shop, is an excellent experience and chimes with how artists have worked with the Foundling Hospital throughout its history.
Jewellers are experts at exploring small, intimate objects and the students have applied that approach to the personal and poignant objects in the Museum’s Collection. Seen through the eyes of jewellers, the story of the Foundling Hospital has been brought to life in imaginative and exciting ways.