Jewellery Design

"Ukuluka" is the Zulu word for weaving, and the more sociable name of the National Higher Diploma I completed during my stay at the University of Johannesburg. With the long name being Ukuluka: Artisanal Metal Weaving in Contemporary African Jewellery Design, you can see why most of the students and graduates favour the abbreviation. The course focused on the art of bobbin lace weaving, in particular within silver lace manufacturing. The predominant focus throughout the duration of the course was on South African inspired artisanal design and the pieces created were to complement the runway collaboration between South African fashion designer, David Tlale, and artist and sculptor, Jean du Plesis. The earring itself was designed as an accolade to the single earring trend of the Spring/Summer 2017 runway. A hugely detailed statement piece it took over 35 hours to complete. The bobbin lace was the main design detailing. Bobbin lace first became popular during the Bourgeious period of pre-french revolution France. Due to the time-consuming nature of the woven fabrics, it was used as a means of displaying wealth, either on curtains or dresses of upper-class ladies. The use of the lace within this design was a key element of the course which led to the development of a really interesting and unique piece.

I was invited to write a report encouraging students from the Edinburgh College of Art to apply to the programme in future years, this can be found at

This project was displayed at the Aegis Art House in Johannesburg during June of 2017.

It was also exhibited at the Paris Fashion Week of 2017 alongside the David Tlale 2016 Winter collection.

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