Words that shimmer

COLLECTION OF SUSTAINABLE JEWELLERY COMBINING ARTISAN AND DIGITAL MANUFACTURING

The project

A collection of sustainable jewellery that the owner can change around as they wish. Inspired by a Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, they offer symbols of sanctuary and easy ways to change style whilst promoting social + environmental change that leads to responsible production and supply chain transparency. The project will combine modern 3D-printing techniques with the traditional artisan technique of lost wax casting to develop customised pieces.

Lissome (Germany)

THE LISSOME Dörte Lange is the creative director and founder of Lissome and an expert and passionate advocate for sustainable lifestyle. Dörte has worked, as art director for ELLE magazine and international design + branding agencies.

Vipa Designs (Poland)

VIPA DESIGNS are casters, manufacturers and designers of high-quality gold, silver, platinum and palladium jewellery, offering our services both to private clients and to the trade. Founded in 1979 by managing director Peter Crump, Vipa soon established an enviable reputation for innovative design and the high quality manufacturing of jewellery.

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STORYTELLING

THE IDEA:

The idea for our jewellery project started on holiday in Syracuse, Sicily. It was early February, and we were one of the few tourists in town, Northern Europeans escaping the winter. One sunny morning, whilst enjoying ice cream brioche in a café for breakfast, we entered into a lively debate about what it would take to make a piece of jewellery deeply personal and meaningful. As a communication designer working in sustainable fashion, I had been thinking of entering the Worth Partnership Award. But I did not want to develop and eventually release yet another purposeless product into our world of overconsumption.

I knew that if I designed a collection of jewellery, it had to be beautiful in its form, ethically crafted, and able to transmit a strong personal bond, meaning, and purpose to its wearer. Heirloom jewellery grounded in the sacredness of life that will be passed on through generations.

THE BIRTH OF THE PROJECT:

But how could we create such a bond, how could we infuse an object with deeply personal meaning that also subtly comes alive in its unique form? We started with these questions, and eventually decided on the idea to work with the human voice and its sound waves. Not only is the human voice is a transmitter of words, messages, and meanings but every human’s voice is also unique in itself, just like fingerprints or the patterns of an iris. An ideal starting point that would allow us to transform recordings of memories, reflections, and poetry into personalised jewellery pieces, designed with the unique voices of our customers and their sound waves at the core.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS:

We developed a process that combines computational design with artisanal craftsmanship. In this process, we digitally translate human voice data into three-dimensional CAD models. In the first stage of our design project, we collaborated with the computational designer, Yuchen Chen, who programmed an algorithm in the 3D computer modelling software Grasshopper that allows us to generate personalised designs with sound. The jewellery pieces are created by infusing the sound waves of the spoken words into this cellular growth algorithm that then creates intricate organic shapes based on the input data. The 3D forms generated can then be 3D printed to produce patterns for traditional lost-wax casting methods. In the second stage of our design project, we worked together with our project partner, Vipa Designs.

Their skilled craftsmen cast each unique piece in 100% recycled bronze and added an antique polish.

THE COLLABORATION:

Working together closely with both Vipa Designs and Yuchen Chen allowed us to build a bridge between new technology and traditional craft, and to achieve a unique design as a result of this new process. In addition, Vipa Designs shared their expertise in the sustainable sourcing of materials, and we can now offer ethically made pieces from 100% recycled fine metals to our customers.

THE FUTURE:

Going forward, we decided to create a core capsule collection in addition to the bespoke personalised jewellery pieces. For our core capsule pieces, we commissioned a poem, “Return to Knowing”, from Sydney-based poet Stacey Cotter Manière that we used as the sound input. We aim to sell the bespoke pieces solely made-to-order through our e-commerce website, and the capsule collection pieces also via suitable jewellery boutiques and concept stores to gain wider reach and additional in person sales channels.

THE MESSAGE:

Taking part in the Worth Partnership Project was an amazing experience. It allowed us to work together with highly skilled partners, experiment with them, learn from their expertise, and create a unique new product that we are truly proud of.

PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

The vase

The vase

Lumimóza

Lumimóza

3D metal panels

3D metal panels

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

The Vegan Sheep

The Vegan Sheep

Loom-State

Loom-State

Common Sands 2.0

Common Sands 2.0

Maretech

Maretech

Minois

Minois

STEM a garment production brand

STEM a garment production brand

Storytelling Garment Project

Storytelling Garment Project

Mapu Preto

Mapu Preto

Minta

Minta

NO/thing

NO/thing

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

In the Circle

In the Circle

Clotho

Clotho

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

WeAr Design

WeAr Design

Freskos

Freskos

ALMA

ALMA

Bubble Façade

Bubble Façade

Crossing Parallels

Crossing Parallels

EnaOna

EnaOna

SEISMIC GARMENT

SEISMIC GARMENT

Rethinking the Bra

Rethinking the Bra

Kinematic handbag by RMATURA

Kinematic handbag by RMATURA

Nova Underwear

Nova Underwear

BioChromatic

BioChromatic

Dimmenso

Dimmenso

Beaggie

Beaggie

Ignorance is Bliss Carpet Collection

Ignorance is Bliss Carpet Collection

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

H|H

H|H

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Edge Chair

Edge Chair

Marbled Salts

Marbled Salts

Moseanic

Moseanic

Kombucha TSUGI

Kombucha TSUGI

LiLO

LiLO

The Eastern Side of Riviera

The Eastern Side of Riviera

Future Wardrobe

Future Wardrobe

Ventri

Ventri

FreyZein

FreyZein

SILENCIO

SILENCIO

Re-Print Ceramics

Re-Print Ceramics

Vivid

Vivid

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

Burning For

Burning For

Circular workwear collection

Circular workwear collection

Recontile

Recontile

Fashion Colada

Fashion Colada

SCALA

SCALA

New Matters

New Matters

Not 2 Forget

Not 2 Forget

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Agogic – Be prepared for more

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

Mocha Split

Mocha Split

Reframd

Reframd

Zerobarracento

Zerobarracento

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

Wearable Play

Wearable Play

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Gelatex x NO/AN

Gelatex x NO/AN

Luxury Bag Collection

Luxury Bag Collection

Amalgama

Amalgama

TTorch

TTorch

From the ground

From the ground

Biolea

Biolea

Ultra

Ultra

Capsule coat project

Capsule coat project

Mayya x WORTH

Mayya x WORTH

The Space in Between

The Space in Between

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Fish_Fish

Fish_Fish

Common Sands

Common Sands

UCQC Inclusive

UCQC Inclusive

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Mowo

Mowo

i-Morfé

i-Morfé

Iguaneye

Iguaneye

Ruumy

Ruumy

Fugazi Fugazi

Fugazi Fugazi

Serisole

Serisole

Hi-LAMP

Hi-LAMP

Lucid

Lucid

Senss

Senss

Walkytalkies

Walkytalkies

Sole sustainability

Sole sustainability

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

Spell My Name

Spell My Name

The “Bib” chair

The “Bib” chair

Materia Bruta

Materia Bruta

Planned Space Pooling

Planned Space Pooling

3D knitwear on demand

3D knitwear on demand

Lit Lace Interface

Lit Lace Interface

iluTex

iluTex

Sukka 

Sukka 

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

Unmoist Raincoat

Unmoist Raincoat

IOT Jacket & Robot

IOT Jacket & Robot

Stars Collection

Stars Collection

Words that shimmer

Words that shimmer

Persona

Persona

PULSAR

PULSAR

Identity 560

Identity 560

Øjenfryd

Øjenfryd

The Ghost Bag

The Ghost Bag

Diluci bags

Diluci bags

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Oceanwear

Oceanwear

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

Curve

Curve

Multifunctional Textiles

Multifunctional Textiles

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

‘Parameter’ Table

‘Parameter’ Table

Occay

Occay

KICS

KICS

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

PreemieCme

PreemieCme

Circular Bags

Circular Bags

Clayer

Clayer

Lulu V2

Lulu V2

Fishskinlab

Fishskinlab

Dynaback

Dynaback

Esther Hates PVC

Esther Hates PVC

Gardin

Gardin

Foldable High Heels

Foldable High Heels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Edbora Collection

Edbora Collection

Smart Heated Vest

Smart Heated Vest

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Fragments Garments

Fragments Garments

Hollow: A Lie Story

Hollow: A Lie Story

FWN: Family Wear Nature

FWN: Family Wear Nature

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Spellbound

Spellbound

Wear Pure

Wear Pure

Connextyle

Connextyle

Unlimited in 1

Unlimited in 1

Paramatrix

Paramatrix

Feel More Knitwear

Feel More Knitwear

Skarabeos 2

Skarabeos 2

Twill

Twill

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair