Design students at Central St Martins College UAL developed a collection of jewellery and textiles to commemorate and promote women in science. Inspired by the Suffrage movement, the collection echoes women’s struggle to get their voices heard.
Two winning jewellery pieces and five runners up were selected, along with two winning ribbons and a selection of runners. Leading ribbon manufacturer, VV Rouleaux, produced a series of these ribbons for women scientists. The ribbons reference the Suffrage movement by using green for hope, purple for dignity and white for purity, and aim to unite women across scientific professions.
Pendant (right) designer Benita Gikaite says, “I have taken this Masonic charm as a symbol of man power and I have given it to women.” Engraved inside the pendant are the dates 1897, 1903 and 1918. These correspond to when the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies was founded; the first Nobel prize was awarded to a woman, Marie Curie; and when British women first obtained the right to vote.
Pendant opens to reveal notable dates, designed by Benita Gikaite
Designer Anya Malhorta engraved the brooch (right) with the words ‘invention’, ‘discovery’, ‘innovation’, ‘creativity’ and ‘power’. Malhorta’s initial inspiration came from the structure of an atom, with its central nucleus surrounded by negatively charged electrons. She says, “The women who have contributed to science are like the nucleus, surrounded by negativity but they still break through these barriers.” Her design evolved from a spherical atom-like structure into a brooch with domed magnifying glass.
Image caption: Brooch with magnifying glass and inspirational words, designed by Anya Malhorta
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