Building on the success of the Life Sciences jewellery pieces, which were designed in 2011, second-year students at Central St Martins College of Art and Design competed to have their designs made for leading women in the engineering and physical sciences. Two winning designs, by Lola Lou and Diana Dong, were selected by a panel of judges for production in 2013.
Designer Lola Lou says, “I use cells and tissue scaffolds as icons to represent you twelve individuals, and the Medical Research Council.” She adds that bringing together women in through the Suffrage Science scheme has created a network that contributes to mankind. Embedded in her pendant are round and oval shaped stones of white moonstone, purple amethyst and green peridot minerals – the colours of the Suffragettes.
Moonstone, amethyst and peridot minerals are embedded in Lola Lou’s pendant
Designer Diana Dong says her brooch is inspired by “the strength, belief and courage that exist deep within each woman’s heart.” On her design board, she writes, “Under their seemingly weak appearance there is a strong heart with the desire for growth, equal rights and hope to make (a) contribution to mankind in the fields of science, medicine and engineering.”
Dong designed the piece such that it can be displayed at home or in the office, to give the owner constant motivation for further achievements. “The display device is designed to incorporate the magnetic levitation principle. Magnets will be installed in the base of the display device and the bottom of the brooch, which will make the brooch suspended in mid air,” says Dong.
A brooch and display piece that conveys an inner strength, by Diana Dong
Hye Ri Kim