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L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts Opens Third Edition in Hong Kong Supported by Van Cleef & Arpels

September 18, 2017 Destination North Asia No Comments Email Email

L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts supported by Van Cleef & Arpels opened their doors today at The Qube in PMQ to welcome Hong Kong community to their third edition in the city.

Created by a desire to share with the public a taste for the secretive world of jewelry, L’ÉCOLE is celebrated internationally for its innovative curriculum, which aims to shine a light on the mystical and romantic universe of jewelry, and the very specific craftsmanship required for jewelry making. Supported by Van Cleef & Arpels, L’ÉCOLE nurtures interest in the artistry of French High Jewelry across the industry, believing ultimately that education nourishes passion and talent.

The school’s nomadic outpost in Hong Kong is testament to its deep rooted mission of sharing and transmission to further build bridges of understanding between different cultures. This year, with a team of professors coming to Hong Kong, led by Marie Vallanet-Delhom, the President of L’ÉCOLE , the school offers ten courses, six of which are new to Hong Kong. Participants can choose from hands-on explorations of Savoir-Faire techniques coached by the Mains d’OrTM (or golden hands) from the High Jewelry workshop, discover the synergies between the light and the color of the French gouaché jewelry designs, try their hands at Japanese urushi lacquer, or join classes from The Universe of Gemstones and Art History of Jewelry that cover topics such as: why the diamond is the source of such fascination and the history of Art Nouveau jewelry.

‘The inspiration behind the founding of L’ÉCOLE was to open up the inner world of jewelry to the public, provide a form of initiation for those really interested, and to share the passion of our professors and experts.’ — Marie Vallanet-Delhom, President of L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts supported by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Design for L’ÉCOLE in Hong Kong

Hong Kong designer Johnny Li was commissioned to transform The Qube into a space that aesthetically enforces L’ÉCOLE’s belief that learning is a continuous conversation. He has used a characteristic amalgamation of cultures, inspirations and styles to create a destination that reflects the DNA of L’ECOLE’s headquarters in Paris, while drawing in special qualities unique to Hong Kong. Extensive symbolism seen throughout Li’s design is tribute to both the Chinese garden art that inspired his concept, and the whimsical nature of the world of jewelry.

Legacy Program

In the spirit of sharing and transmission, L’ECOLE established the Legacy Program in 2014 to encourage young Hong Kong artists’ creativity. This year the school is continuing the legacy by inviting a panel consisting of renowned Hong Kong photographers and Deans of educational institutes to nominate eight talented young artists: Aso So, Dennis Wong, Frank Lai, Isaac Lam, Kenny Li, Mandy Lam, Penny Tu and Seewhy Ng, to participate and express their creativity through photography focusing on gemstones around the theme “The Art of Gems – A study between jewelry & gemstones photography.” Working with Van Cleef & Arpels’ Museum Collection and rare minerals from the Mineralogy Museum of MINES ParisTech, the eight nominees’ widely varying interpretations are inspired by poetry, metamorphism, surrealism and exoticism etc. All the resulting works are now on display at L’ECOLE in PMQ where the public will be able to vote on site for their favorite artwork – three winning submissions will be taken on a fully sponsored three-day cultural exchange with l’ECOLE in Paris.

Wide Community Engagement

L’ÉCOLE’s ever growing community is made of alumni of the school, Legacy Program candidates and engaged members of the public. Encouraging anybody who finds themselves intrigued to explore, L’ÉCOLE is open to the public throughout its duration in Hong Kong. Guests will be able to view the emblematic Mystery SetTM pieces and Zip necklace of Van Cleef & Arpels on display, enjoy the beautiful space created by architect Johnny Li, view and vote on the Legacy Program entries, explore further through the podcast stations, indulge in the exceptional library collection to learn more about the magical world of jewelry.

In addition, L’ÉCOLE is hosting an Open Day on Sunday September 17th, from 9:00am – 6:30pm which is complimentary and allows the public the unique opportunity to engage with the professors and experts.

Register online: hk.lecolevancleefarpels.com

Creative Workshops invite younger members of the community to express their creativity as they discover a new universe. Open to children and teenager from the ages of 5 to 16-years-old, the workshops are the perfect initiation into the world of jewelry. Held in small groups of seats limited up to 12, children and teenagers are invited to create their own art objects using different materials, or learn about gemstones and jewellery making. Each workshop lasts for two hours and consists of five themes.

Evening Conversations, hosted by experts in jewelry-related fields, will offer in-depth insights into the world of jewelry and offer the chance to learn from and share with experts.

Date Topic Speakers
September 19th, 2017 (Tuesday7:30pm Treasures & Legends of Van Cleef & Arpels Vincent Meylan
September 20th, 2017 (Wednesday7:30pm Pearls, knowing, understanding and wearing them Lily Vongwattanakit and Inezita Gay
September 27th, 2017 (Wednesday7:30pm Stones of the sky, stones of fire Eloïse Gaillou and Gislaine Aucremanne

To register for Open Day and find out more about the program please visit: hk.lecolevancleefarpels.com

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