SIAJ -Slovenian Association of Jewellers is a non-profit cultural organization founded in 2021 aimed at promoting contemporary jewellery, fostering the exchange of ideas and experiences, and developing of theoretical and practical projects within the international and national art field.SIAJ was founded in Ljubljana within the community of jewellery designers. They wanted an association where they could create projects, develop exchanges and launch new platforms for a discipline that increasingly calls for professional development. The situation of jewellery designers in Slovenia is somewhat different/difficult. There are no schools or universities and no institution or association specifically dedicated to this discipline. People who wish to educate themselves have to go abroad or acquire this knowledge through a long, independent path. In spite of these challenges, Slovenian designers have found a way through SIAJ to connect with one another and collaborate. In addition to organizing exhibitions and inviting foreign artists, SIAJ helps jewellery designers to partner with schools and open up to youth through various presentations and courses.
SIAJ was created to educate, develop and promote the art of contemporary jewellery. In order to achieve its aims, SIAJ has set out plans:-to promote training courses and other pedagogical activities;-to organise conferences, seminars, masterclasses, artistic residencies and exhibitions;-to undertake actions that appeal to new audiences;-to set up partnerships and projects for artistic and cultural interchanges;-to publish articles, books, catalogues and videos;-to experiment with new materials and technologies.-to preserve, and study the historical heritage.
SIAJ encourages and supports all initiatives aimed at the exchange of information, experimentation, training, and establishing connections among members, both online through the community and in practice through work groups that freely get together to carry out projects, produce documents and develop specific themes. SIAJ adheres to an ethics code that respects individuals and the environment, following a conceptual methodology focused on the improvement of quality through the collection of information and the analysis of results.The founding members of SIAJ are Olga Košica,Urška Košica andRok Marinšek, as well as the support ofother individualswho are passionate about contemporary jewellery.
Slovenian Jewelry Week -SIJW is at the heart of achieving these goals.
Slovenian Jewelry Week -SIJW is at the heart of achieving these goals.
Olga KošicaFounder and artistic director of SIWJ and SIAJ – Slovenian Association of Jewellers. She completed her master's degree at the Royal College of Art in London. She is a professional jewellery designer with more than 20 years' experience in this field. She has received numerous international awards, including the British Council Young Creative Fashion Entrepreneur Award, has participated in international projects and exhibitions, and is the co-founder and co-creator of the internationally successful brand OfR jewellery, which was one of the first to bring 3D designed fashion jewellery to the market. As a jewellery designer, she has successfully collaborated with Zlatarna Celje for fifteen years, and is a guest lecturer at universities, both at home and abroad.
Rok MarinšekA multidisciplinary designer who works in graphic design, branding, art direction and jewellery design. He has participated in numerous international projects and exhibitions, with various Slovenian cultural and artistic institutions, artists, as well as organisations. He has received several awards and prizes for his work. In the project olgafacesrok – OfR, of which he is a cofounder, he explores the field of contemporary jewellery and objects, new technologies and 3D printing.
Urška KošicaShe has more than fifteen years' experience in organizing interdisciplinary, social and educational projects. She is the conceptual and artistic leader, as well as main and responsible producer of the Maribor cultural and educational projects Art kamp, Kulturni dnevnik, Čitalnica na jasi (Cultural Diary), which were created for the needs of the European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012 programmes and have become sustainable. She is the programme manager of the Vilinsko mesto festival and the executive producer of the nationwide project Zborovski bum (Choral Boom) in cooperation with the National Education Institute Slovenia.
Petra BolePetra has worked as a lecturer, artist, designer, writer, curator and editor. She currently serves as the director of Radovljica Municipal Museums.
She was an assistant professor at the Faculty of Design in Slovenia, where she was in charge of the Department of Product Design and worked as Vice Dean for Creative Activity.
Petra’s educational background is in architecture (Faculty of Architecture, Ljubljana), jewellery (Master of Art at London Metropolitan University) and the humanities (PhD in Philosophy and Theory of Visual Culture at the Faculty of Humanities Koper/Capodistria, University of Primorska). She completed the school for curators The World of Art, School for Curatorial Practices and Critical Writing and acquired the professional title of curator at the Ministry of Culture of Republic Slovenia.
Sandra KocjančičSandra Kocjančič is a designer from the Slovene Littoral region who has been working with a special jewellery design technique, crochet, for the last 24 years. In 2013, she opened her own gallery DRAT in Izola, dedicated to contemporary jewellery, where she exhibits her own jewellery and hosts other original jewellery designers, artists, painters, poets and musicians from all over the world, always intertwining their stories with her jewellery. The high-profile FiloRosso competition, in collaboration with Italian curator Isabella Bembo, featured more than 80 designers from Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, France, Austria, Macedonia, the USA and Israel. The godmother of the Izola event was Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, the renowned Spanish fashion designer who has taken the world by storm with her colourful and daring creations. Her presence is a special recognition for Sandra and a confirmation that Izola can also be an island of jewellery that resonates in the global art and fashion world.
Dalija SegaDalija Sega approaches and creates contemporary jewellery design through the eyes of a sculptor, each piece is an unique miniature sculpture created in silver or gold. She uses enamel in her design, as well as precious and semi-precious stones. She draws her ideas mainly from nature to highlight the beauty that is sometimes hidden from us. Her works have organic shapes, some of them a little rough, but their true beauty is revealed in the details. They demand closeness and interest from the owner or the viewer, who can always discover a new story in them. All her jewellery is her personal confession and narrative, and therefore it is for anyone who wants to listen.
Vesna Jurjec ŽvikartVesna Jurjec Žvikart first started making jewellery in a metal sheet while she was still studying. At that time, she attended the workshops of Marija Radosavljević (wire, sheet metal, joining, stone setting, etching) and later Milica Bubanja (Art Clay Silver, enamelling). Vesna has a Master's degree in Fine Arts. She works as a freelance design entrepreneur and is an active-creative participant in the D.tajl Concept Store. In 2017, she collaborated with her two rings on Nuška Drašček's dress for her performance at the Ema Song Contest, and in 2018 she led a fashion hologram project to launch new collections at D. tajl Concept Store. In the same year the design in Art Clay Silver was highlighted by Cooksongold (Design of the week) and recognised as a good example of the use of the technique with a unique way of embedding the stone; in 2021, on the proposal of KGLU, the D.tajl Creators' Association and the D.tajl were awarded the Berneker Plaquette for their years of artistic and creative work as well as contribution to the cultural growth of the municipality. She also regularly exhibits her jewellery in the window of the fashion designer Stanka Blatnik.
Bojana Kovačič ZemljičBojana Kovačič Zemljič, a member of the Slovenian Designers Association,
is the designer of the E2RD brand of original jewellery, whose key code is
originality and a bohemian-elegant attitude.
In her work, she loves creative experimentation and working outside the fashion and trend calendar; she does not create seasonal collections, but rather advocates slow, ecological and sustainability-conscious fashion, underlined by a personal style.
Metka JelekMetka Jelek is a student of Textile and Clothing Design (University of Ljubljana) and comes from Maribor. She enjoys working in the field of social media and, in addition to creating content for SIJW, she also helps to create content for social media and the Festival Lent website. She has been creating and designing simple jewellery under the brand JELLEK since February 2021.
Neja KaligaroNeja Kaligaro started her design journey at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, where she studied industrial design. She then continued her education with a Master's in Textile and Clothing design at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering. As a jewellery designer, she first worked at Zlatarna Celje, where, for seven years, she gained valuable experience. She discovered her love for jewellery design, which she describes as a perfect blend of the technical nature of industrial design and the artistic world of fashion. Today, she is an independent designer and the Head of Jewelry Design at an Austrian company where she oversees the design vision and collaborates with a team to plan future collections. She draws inspiration from the natural and cultural heritage, explores an endless universe of ideas, and prefers to listen rather than talk. She transforms stories into unique pieces with her acute attention to detail and love for jewellery design.
Sanda VidmarShe first encountered jewellery design in high school, where she was introduced to the shapes and behaviour of form in space, using materials that were more accessible at the time. She first tried her hand at designing in silver and metal at a course taught by designer Olga Košica, and later further developed her skills under the tutelage of Martina Obid Mlakar.
She started developing her collections and vision under the name Sanda Vidmar Jewelry in 2020, first with an online shop and her own design studio. She is continuously fulfilling her knowledge and discovering new techniques through courses, workshops and experiences.