Exploring the creative possibilities of Argentium (TM) Sterling Silver.

Harrison, C., Johns, Peter and Niedderer, K. (2006) Exploring the creative possibilities of Argentium (TM) Sterling Silver. In: Proceedings of Design Research Society Conference Wonderground, Lisbon, 1-4 November 2006. IADE: Lisbon. Design Research Society. ISBN 978-972-98701-7-0. [Book Section]


This paper documents an investigation into the creative possibilities of Argentium Sterling Silver. The aim was to test the qualities and performance of this new material in the complex environment of practical application, and to complement its scientific development with an exploration of new artistic opportunities that it might offer. The team therefore comprised technical experts working with a visiting designer/maker.

Two designs of tableware were developed. One was based on using a range of traditional techniques. The other was based on using new technologies such as laser-welding and laser-bending. The performance of Argentium Silver was compared with that of traditional Sterling Silver based on the extensive experience of the visiting designer/maker in working with Sterling Silver. Additionally, direct comparative tests between both materials were conducted where necessary and appropriate.

The outcome of this research was twofold:

Firstly, it provided an assessment of the material's qualities and performance within practical application, which allowed recommendations to be made for its use in creative practice of relevance both to makers and industry.

Secondly, it showed that the utilisation of new technologies can offer new avenues for designing silver, such as the development of a new formal language which may help in [re]forming contemporary views of the material.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design
Item ID: 537
Depositing User: Repository team
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2008 12:49
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:11
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/537

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