Jewellery Illustration and Design
About the Book
The first volume in this two-part series provides a step-by-step guide to the fundamental aspects of the graphic representation of a wide range of jewellery pieces, from the simplest to the most complex forms. Different volumes, spaces, surfaces and finishes are explained in detail, as are methods for depicting different materials, from timeless metals and precious stones to substances such as celluloid and bakelite.
The objective of this book is not to showcase completed jewellery pieces. Instead, it aims to provide readers with the tools needed to be able to accurately convey their ideas and master use of colour, as well as to draw different facets and effects such as brilliance, transparency and opacity. It does so by explaining a variety of illustration techniques involving pencils, markers, pastels, tempera and computer rendering.
About the Book
This book analyzes the fundamental aspects of graphically depicting a wide variety of jewelry: the relationships of volume, balance between full and empty, treatment of metal surfaces, materials and chiaroscuro play. The goal is not to show finished pieces of jewelry but to provide the tools that will enable readers to acquire a work method that allows them to represent their ideas effectively.
Cosimo Vinci studied jewelry design in Florence and Vicenza. His clients are international companies from small to large businesses, from high end jewellery to bijoux. The styles range from exclusive and contemporary to young and fun. He has designed jewellery for famous fashion brands such as Versace, Versus, Balmain, Montana, Laura Biagiotti, Valentino, Etro. Since 1998 he has been teaching at The Art and Craft School in Vicenza and conducting seminars in many parts of the world on this subject. In 2011 Cosimo Vinci won the Design competition Bijoux d'Autore awarded by the Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo (Contemporary Jewellery Association).
Alessandra Possamai is a curator at the Museo del Gioiello Vicenza.
With a degree in the Classics at Padua University and a thesis on Christian Archaeology, she specialized at the Archaeology and History of Art School with Prof. Guido Mansuelli at the University of Bologna.
Archaeology and History of Art professor teaching History of Modern, Contemporary and Multi-media Art (Electronic Music course - two-year specialization) at the C. Pollini Conservatory in Padua.
Teacher for Veneto Region Education Authority Culture and Tourism Training Courses.
She collaborates, both now and in the past, with Padua Council, the Veneto Region and Ministries in the organization of exhibitions on contemporary jewellery and on contemporary European and non-European authors.
A scholar of Italian Futurism, she was co-curator of the Centenary Futuristic Sculpture and Futurist Exhibition dedicated to the architect, Quirino De Giorgio.
She has written monographs on contemporary Italian and Veneto Region artists with particular interest in recovering neglected and damaged cultural assets.
A freelance journalist since 2007, she has, and does, collaborate with cultural editorial offices, private TV stations and with Il Sole 24 Ore's Art Economy section.
She came 3rd in the Equal Opportunities Commission's National Prize in the Province of Brescia in January 2008 for her article on “Female creativity at the dawn of the 3rd millennium”.