2021 SECC Art Lecture
An insight into the problem-solving processes required in the transformation of ideas using novel materials.
Sofie Boons (The Alchemical Jeweller)
Through the creation of her work Sofie Boons emerged as an Alchemical Jeweller. She finds inspiration in materials, the field of science and the world of scents, perfumes and smells. She is determined to find solutions for the visualisation and containment of invisible substances, concepts and scents through the design of jewellery and objects. Her research into the alchemical has already brought her to the development of a new material, combining resin and Nano gold particles, a recipe book on how to make wearable solid perfumes, scent containers that rethink the application and wearing of perfume and more.
Sofie Boons is an award-winning jewellery designer currently working as Craft Council Research Fellow and Research Associate for the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England. She is completing a PhD investigating the design implications, possibilities, and limits of utilising man-made crystals in the development of jewellery. Prior to starting her research Sofie worked as the Head of Academy for the British Academy of Jewellery. After graduating from the Royal College of Art she has continually exhibited her jewellery internationally and her artefacts are held in the collections of a range of industry leading galleries.