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FaceBack consists on an intensive three-day workshop dictated by two teachers, Mexican visual and jewellery artist Jorge Manilla and Estonian fashion and jewellery designer Tanel Veenre and is aimed at jewellery, fashion or industrial designers, visual artists, photographers and architects who either work professionally or are in the last year of their studies and who desire to work on conceptual assignments using jewellery as a media.

The workshop will be based on the study, conceptualization and execution of a jewel which considerates the facade and backside as equally relevant players on the narrative of the piece. The object will be the result of careful analisis and discussion on topics such as Public and Private, Show-off and Hide, Tradition and Invention. FaceBack seeks to provide the participants with a more liberal approach to jewellery-making and with an understanding of its relation with other creative disciplines. The workshop focus strongly on the development of conceptual thinking and the encouragement of experimentation, combining this with the techinical habilities of the participants.

At the end of the workshop the participants will have created a piece of conceptual jewellery. They will have gained a wider understanding on conceptual of contemporary jewellery and sharpened their hability to evaluate and critique tehir own work.

Dictated by

Jorge Manilla (Mexico)
Tanel Veenre (Estonia)

Aimed at

Professional and last year students on the fields of jewellery, fashion and industrial design, visual arts, photography and architecture with an interest in contemporary jewellery as a medium


From Friday 9th to Sunday 11th August, 2013


Nueve25 Plata Studio
Querétaro No 97
Col. Roma Norte
México DF


24 hours in 3 days


Spanish and English

Registration fee

$ 400 USD

Deadline for Registration

June 30th 2013

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For more information, please contact Maca Sotelo, maca@otro-diseno.com


Topics to be addressed

Local and global notions of contemporary jewellery
Cultural values of jewellery
Differences and similitudes between jewellery and art
Jewellery crossing disciplines and jewellery as a medium for other artistic disciplines
Every part of the jewell counts in the final narrative (front and back)
The construction of identities in this era
The importance of establishing an individual position as a jewellery maker


Visual presentation: Jorge Manilla
Visual presentation: Tane Veenre
Group discussion: Identities in Art; mapping divergent viewpoints towards contemporary and conceptual jewellery Introduction of the FaceBack concept
Quick drawing task
Individual discussions with tutors about the participants ideas

Day 2

Visual presentation of the FaceBack concept: examples of jewellery, art and objects defing the idea of face and back
Sketching and maquetteing session and analisis of materials propoesd by the participants.
Working session
Individual discussion with tutors

Day 3

Working session
Individual discussions with tutors
Finishing of the works
Presentation of the finished pieces and discussion on the results of the workshop.

Workshop participants

Profile: professional and last year students or pos-graduate students on the fields of jewellery, fashion and industrial design, visual arts, photography and architecture with an interest in contemporary jewellery as a medium are welcome to take part in this woprkshop.

Participants muts have well developed skills for the production of jewellery, sculpture, textiles, objects or photography.

Participants must understand and speak English fluently.

Previous to the workshop: the participants are requested to think about the subject of the workshop, reflecting on their own notions on contemporary jewelery and the meanings the wish to convey in their work. The participants will think about the materials they want to use. They will be challenged to combine organic (wood, bone, wool, leather, hair, nails, fibers, etc) and inorganic (metal, plastic) materials.

Materials and tools: participants must bring their basic jewelleler box, a sketckbook and a digital camera.

The participants are invited to collect and take to the workshop all kind of organic and inorganic materials they wish to apply to this particular project. Silver, cooper and/or gold may be brought along in their different formats (grain, sheet, wire) depending on the participant’s ideas. The participants are welcome to contact the tutors if they have any question regarding this matter.

About the tutors

Jorge Manilla and Tanel Veenre are active international artists and teachers. Both artists work in bold and sculptural ways exploring a wide range of materials and different aspects of jewellery; from conceptual art projects to fashion and design. This collaborative project will bennefit from their complementary professional backgrounds and their divergent cultures. From their own personal, artistic, and pedagogic experience and discussions about the meanings of contemporary jewellery Jorge and Tanel have designed FaceBack for the Travelling Workshop series.

Jorge Manilla

Jorge Manilla, the son of a family of Mexican goldsmiths and engravers, studied visual arts at the Academy of San Carlos, in Mexico. He received a highly technical jewellery training at the Academy of Craft and Design from the Mexican Institute of Fine Arts. He later studied conceptual jewellery at the Karel de Grote Academy in Beligium. Jorge Manilla is a teacher at the Jewellery Department at the Royal Art Academy in Antwerp, Belgium and has gived workshops and lecures in England, Germany, Sweden, Finnland and Estonia. His work has been shown and sits in private collections all over the world.

Tanel Veenre

Tanel Veenre studied at the Metal Art Department of the Estonian Acedmy of Arts, as well as at the Jewellery Depratment at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He has participated in nearly 200 exhibitions, both solos and collectives, in every corner of the world. He is Head of Jewellery at the Estonian Academy of Arts and has given workshops in Israel, Portugal, Finnland, Great Britain, Spain and Genrmany, among many other countries.

About Taller Viajero

FaceBack is the third workshop in the first series of nine of the program Travelling Workshop, an initiative of Otro Diseño, which offers jewelers, designers and visual artists who live in Latin America the opportunity to address the global notion of contemporary jewellery by the exploration of conceptual and critical thinking and the application of materials, techniques and technology that respond to that line of thought.

Travelling Workshop acts as an open workshop made accessible to comers from various disciplines, where contemporary jewellery is studied and created collaboratively. The program aims to provide jewelers, artists and designers in this cultural region with the tools to nurture their own creative process, define their individual position as an artist and further develop the quality of their work. At the same time, the program looks to to strengthen the respective national scenes of the participants and to encourage them to become active participants in the international arena of contemporary jewellery. Travelling Workshop is intended to foster creativity and encourage experimentation in an atmosphere of cultural exchange, conversation, engagement, and freedom of expression.

At the end of the first series of Travelling Workshop, the participants will be invited to create and sumbit work for a major international exhibition.

Other FaceBack Locations

To learn about other locations and dates where FaceBack will also take place, please visit the following links:

The Workshop Estudio

Guadalajara, Mexico
25.02.2013 – 01.03.2013

Walka Studio

Santiago, Chile
21.03.2013 – 15.03.2013

Studio Metallo

San Jose, Costa Rica
26.08.2013 – 30.08.2013