Organised at the ALBA, the jewellery workshop was led by Nedda El-Asmar and Gisbert Stach. Together, they questioned the concept of jewellery, both as an object of value as well as a vehicle for emotional burden and symbolism. Different media were made available to participants : video, photography, creating scenarios from interviews and performances, At the conclusion of this research, one work of jewellery was created from highly unexpected materials.
Nedda El-Asmar studied jewellery Art in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp (Belgium) and the Royal College of London. Subsequently, she worked for renowned houses and brands including Hermes, Puiforcat Eternum, Gensets, Villeroy & Boch, Robbe & Berking, Demeyere & Carl Mertens. She has received numerous awards and has been named The Belgium designer of 2007 and received the Flemish Design Award in 2009. Her creations have been on display in Belgium, France and England. Since 2007 she directs a design and jewellery studio at the Royal Academy of Fines Arts in Antwerp and organises many workshops throughout Europe and the East.
Gisbert Stach studied the art of glassmaking, sculpture and jewellery at Kaufbeuren-Neugablonz (Germany), the Fachhochschule fuer Kunst und Design at the University of Applied Sciences of Cologne and the Academy of Fines Arts in Munich where he now lives and has a work studio. His creations are presented in many galleries and museums and he has received several prestigious awards, including the International Silverarts Competition of the Gallery of Art of Legnica (Poland) and the Amberif Design Prize in Danzig in 2011. Marrying sculpture, video and jewellery, he also gives conferences and organises workshops in different towns and academies in Europe and the East.